Fossil Friday Roundup: September 8, 2017

Featured Image: CT rendering of the jaws of Rhynchobatus. From Dean et al. (2017)

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Myosin repertoire expansion coincides with eukaryotic diversification in the Mesoproterozoic era (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Architecture of crossed-lamellar bivalve shells: the southern giant clam (Tridacna derasa, Röding, 1798) (RSOS)
  • The semi-aquatic pondweed bugs of a Cretaceous swamp (PeerJ)
  • First record of extinct Paraconularia (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa) from Tethyan sequence (Upper Permian) of Spiti valley, Himachal Himalaya, India (PalaeoE)
  • Multi-jawed chaetognaths from the Chengjiang Lagerstätte (Cambrian, Series 2, Stage 3) of Yunnan, China (Palaeontology)
  • Similarity of morphological composition and developmental patterning in paired fins of the elephant shark (Scientific Reports)
  • Large batoid fishes frequently consume stingrays despite skeletal damage (RSOS)
  • Evolutionary morphology of the lizard chemosensory system (Scientific Reports)
  • Neonate morphology and development in pterosaurs: evidence from a Ctenochasmatid embryo from the Early Cretaceous of Argentina (Link)
  • A new saurolophine hadrosaurid (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Upper Cretaceous of Shandong, China (AABC)
  • New oospecies of dinosaur eggs from the Upper Cretaceous of South Anhui (Chinese Science Bulletin)
  • New finds of giant raptorial sperm whale teeth (Cetacea, Physeteroidea) from the Westerschelde Estuary (province of Zeeland, the Netherlands) (Deinsea)
  • Morphological affinities of Homo naledi with other Plio-Pleistocene hominins: a phenetic approach (AABC)
  • Evaluating the role of Pleistocene refugia, rivers and environmental variation in the diversification of central African duikers (genera Cephalophus and Philantomba) (BMC Evolutionary Biology)


  • Revised geochronology, correlation, and dinosaur stratigraphic ranges of the Santonian-Maastrichtian (Late Cretaceous) formations of the Western Interior of North America (PeerJ)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • SVPCA 2017, September 12–15, Birmingham, England (Link)
    • SVPCA/SPPC 2017 abstracts collection on PeerJ (Link)
  • Call for Nominations: Nat’l Academy of Sciences Elliot Medal, due Oct. 12 (Link)
  • Principles of Vertebrate Functional Morphology, October 16–20, 2017, Barcelona, Spain (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)
  • Support The Paleontological Society With Your T-Shirt! (Link)
  • PS 2017 Election Results (Paleontological Society)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Shaking up the fish family tree: ‘Living fossil’ not as old as we thought (Link)
  • The riddle of the upside-down dinosaurs (Earth Touch News)
  • Apatosaurus louisae CM 555, centra of C2-C6 (SV-POW)
  • Bird Discoveries in Argentina (Dr. Neurosaurus)
  • Fossil Friday – mammoth tusk (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • How did dinosaur eggs survive in the Arctic? (Earth Touch News)
  • A brief introduction to the osteology of Viavenator exxoni (Letters from Gondwana)
  • When the Hippos Changed (Synapsida)
  • Specimen of the Week 307: The Euston Mammoth (UCL Blogs)
  • Talking Crap about Mastodons (Laelaps)
  • Happy 81st Thylacine Day: Thylacines were lucky to last as long as they did (UCL Blogs)
  • Neandertals and early modern humans probably didn’t meet at rumored rendezvous site (Link)

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

  • Paleontological Research tips V: manuscript writing, research productivity, peer review, and minefield navigation (Coastal Paleo)
  • Onwards and upwards! SVP, PhD and more… (Musings of a Clumsy Paleontologist)
  • The secret epistemology of paleontological fieldwork (Extinct)
  • Breaking Through the 4th Wall: OPEN SCIENCE’s Promise of a New Scientific & Spiritual Kingdom (Antediluvian Salad)
  • Evolution at the Zoo: Prehistoric Park Edition (Pseudoplocephalus)

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • SVP Wood Award Interview: Spencer Hellert (SVP Blog)
  • SVP Estes Memorial Grant Interview: Krista Koeller (SVP Blog)
  • SVP Patterson Memorial Grant Interview: Adun Samathi (SVP Blog)
  • Brenda Hunda, Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology (Time Scavengers)
  • Witte’s First Paleontologist Discovers New Crocodile Fossil (Link)

Arts, Books, Culture, and Fun:

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Published by Sarah Z. Gibson

Dr. Sarah Z. Gibson is a paleontologist and science communicator based in Minnesota. Her research focuses on the evolutionary history of ray-finned fishes from the Early Mesozoic.

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