Fossil Friday Roundup: September 15, 2017

Featured Image: Utahceratops gettyi, a ceratopsian named in honor of Mike Getty, who passed away this week. From Sampson et al (2010).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • End-Cretaceous akaganéite as a mineral marker of Deccan volcanism in the sedimentary record (Scientific Reports)
  • Fossil calibrations for the cockroach phylogeny (Insecta, Dictyoptera, Blattodea), comments on the use of wings for their identification, and a redescription of the oldest Blaberidae (PalaeoE)
  • Bessarabian (Tortonian, Late Miocene) fish otoliths from a transitional freshwater-brackish environment of Mykhailivka, Southern Ukraine (PalaeoE)
  • Fish Ontology framework for taxonomy-based fish recognition (PeerJ)
  • Phylogeographic investigation and ecological niche modelling of the endemic frog species Nanorana pleskei revealed multiple refugia in the eastern Tibetan Plateau (PeerJ)
  • Effects of long-term preservation on amphibian body conditions: implications for historical morphological research (PeerJ)
  • On the largest Ichthyosaurus: A new specimen of Ichthyosaurus somersetensis containing an embryo (APP)
  • Inferring ‘weak spots’ in phylogenetic trees: application to mosasauroid nomenclature (PeerJ)
  • A new multi-faceted framework for deciphering diplodocid ontogeny (PalaeoE)
  • Sauropodomorph dinosaur trackways from the Fleming Fjord Formation of East Greenland: Evidence for Late Triassic sauropods (APP)
  • New dinosaur tracksite in the Late Jurassic of Kirmenjak Quarry (Istria) (Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia)
  • The postcranial skeleton of Boreogomphodon (Cynodontia: Traversodontidae) from the Upper Triassic of North Carolina, USA and the comparison with other traversodontids (PeerJ)
  • A reassessment of the postcanine dentition and systematics of the tritylodontid Stereognathus (Cynodontia, Tritylodontidae, Mammaliamorpha), from the Middle Jurassic of the United Kingdom (JVP)
  • Molecular conservation of marsupial and eutherian placentation and lactation (eLife)
  • Sigmodontine rodents (Rodentia, Cricetidae) from Quaternary cave deposits of Serra da Capivara, northeastern Brazil (Rev Bras Paleontol)
  • A new Miocene baleen whale from Peru deciphers the dawn of cetotheriids (RSOS)
  • The Wayward Dog: Is the Australian native dog or Dingo a distinct species? (Zootaxa)
  • Prey selection and dietary flexibility of three species of mammalian predator during an irruption of non-cyclic prey (RSOS)
  • A discussion on Tuchenzi fossils and paleoclimate sedimentary environment in Qianjiadian basin of Yanqing County:Suspected dinosaur bones discovered for the first time in Yanqing, Beijing (Link)
  • Identity Matters: Communicating About Equity and Opportunity for Students in Minority-Serving Institutions (Annals of the Entomological Society of America)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • 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)
  • Upcoming Opportunities for the PLOS Paleo Community! (PLOS Paleo)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

Folks and Fieldwork:

  • MSU alumni help build up a small-town dinosaur museum in eastern Montana (Link)
  • Maggie Limbeck, Paleontologist (Time Scavengers)
  • Annie Montague Alexander, Naturalist and Fossil Hunter (Letters from Gondwana)
  • SVP Dawson Award Interview: Megan Whitney (Old Bones)
  • SVP Taylor & Francis Award Interview: Ornella Bertrand (Old Bones)
  • ‘I don’t care what they say about me’: Paleontologist stares down critics in her hunt for dinosaur proteins (Link)
  • Field Camp in Scotland (Time Scavengers)

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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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