Fossil Friday Roundup: September 29, 2017

Featured Image: Palaeolenus lantenoisi trilobite. From Hopkins et al. (2017). CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • A new Late Devonian isoetalean lycopsid from New South Wales, Australia: Cymastrobus irvingii gen. et sp. nov. (PalaeoE)
  • Taxonomy and species diversity of Holocene pylonioid radiolarians from surface sediments of the northeastern Indian Ocean (PalaeoE)
  • Late Permian wood-borings reveal an intricate network of ecological relationships (Nature Communications)
  • Identifying the most surprising victims of mass extinction events: an example using Late Ordovician brachiopods (Biology Letters)
  • Neoichnology of tarantulas (Araneae: Theraphosidae): Criteria for recognizing spider burrows in the fossil record (PalaeoE)
  • The oldest known digestive system consisting of both paired digestive glands and a crop from exceptionally preserved trilobites of the Guanshan Biota (Early Cambrian, China) (PLOS ONE)
  • Early establishment of vertebrate trophic interactions: Food web structure in Middle to Late Devonian fish assemblages with exceptional fossilization (Bulletin of Geosciences)
  • Revision of Eocene electric rays (Torpediniformes, Batomorphii) from the Bolca Konservat-Lagerstätte, Italy, reveals the first fossil embryo in situ in marine batoids and provides new insights into the origin of trophic novelties in coral reef fishes (Journal of Systematic Paleontology)
  • A classic Late Frasnian chondrichthyan assemblage from southern Belgium (AGP)
  • Regional endothermy as a trigger for gigantism in some extinct macropredatory sharks (PLOS ONE)
  • The continental fish fauna of the Late Cretaceous (Santonian) Iharkút locality (Bakony Mountains, Hungary) (Central European Geology)
  • The first microfossil record of ichthyofauna from the Naujoji Akmenė Formation (Lopingian), Karpėnai Quarry, North Lithuania (Geological Quarterly)
  • The toothless pterosaur Jidapterus edentus (Pterodactyloidea: Azhdarchoidea) from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota and its paleoecological implications (PLOS ONE)
  • A basal ornithopod dinosaur from the Cenomanian of the Czech Republic (Journal of Systematic Palaeontology)
  • The last dinosaurs of Brazil: The Bauru Group and its implications for the end-Cretaceous mass extinction (Link)
  • Genomic Signature of an Avian Lilliput Effect across the K-Pg Extinction (Systematic Biology)
  • New Finds of Hesperornithids in the European Russia, with Comments on the Systematics of Eurasian Hesperornithidae (Link)
  • Ecomorphological characterization of murines and non-arvicoline cricetids (Rodentia) from south-western Europe since the latest Middle Miocene to the Mio-Pliocene boundary (MN 7/8–MN13) (PeerJ)
  • New insights on Paludontona, an insular endemic lagomorph (Mammalia) from the Tusco-Sardinian palaeobioprovince (Italy, Turolian, Late Miocene) (Rivista Italiana Paleontologia e Stratigrafia)
  • Dental enamel ultrastructure in Ochotona and Prolagus (Mammalia: Lagomorpha: Ochotonidae) from three late Miocene localities in Ukraine (PalaeoE)
  • The earliest ossicone and post-cranial record of Giraffa (PLOS ONE)
  • Did saber-tooth kittens grow up musclebound? A study of postnatal limb bone allometry in felids from the Pleistocene of Rancho La Brea (PLOS ONE)
  • The lithic assemblages of Donggutuo, Nihewan basin: Knapping skills of early pleistocene hominins in North China (PLOS ONE)
  • The stratigraphy of the Upper Greensand Formation (Albian, Cretaceous) of the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, UK (AGP)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • Upcoming National Fossil Day Events, Part 1 (PLOS Paleo)
  • 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)
  • The Fourth TetZooCon (Link)
  • The Science Ambassador Scholarship for female undergraduate and high school seniors, Deadline December 11, 2017 (Link)
  • Trekking Across the GOBE: From the Cambrian through the Katian, IGCP 653 Annual Meeting, June 3-7, 2018, Athens, Ohio, USA (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

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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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