Fossil Friday Roundup: October 6, 2017

Featured Image: Digestive tract (in yellow) of Phosphotriton, an Eocene salamander. From Tissier et al. (2017), CC-BY)

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Insight into Central Asian flora from the Cenozoic Tianshan montane origin and radiation of Lagochilus (Lamiaceae) (PLOS ONE)
  • Tip-dated phylogeny of whirligig beetles reveals ancient lineage surviving on Madagascar (Scientific Reports)
  • Exceptional soft tissues preservation in a mummified frog-eating Eocene salamander (PeerJ)
  • The Osteology of the Giant Snake Gigantophis garstini from the Upper Eocene of North Africa and Its Bearing on the Phylogenetic Relationships and Biogeography of Madtsoiidae (JVP)
  • Isolated pliosaurid teeth from the Albian–Cenomanian (Cretaceous) of Annopol, Poland (AGP)
  • Short note on a new anurognathid pterosaur with evidence of perching behaviour from Jianchang of Liaoning Province, China (Link)
  • New whaitsioids (Therapsida: Therocephalia) from the Teekloof Formation of South Africa and therocephalian diversity during the end-Guadalupian extinction (PeerJ)
  • Dinosaur footprints from the top of Mt. Pelmo:
    new data for Early Jurassic palaeogeography of the Dolomites (NE Italy) (Link)
  • A new record of a possible ornithopod footprint
    from the Lower Cretaceous of Cabo Espichel (Sesimbra, Portugal) (Link)
  • Regulation of root patterns in mammalian teeth (Scientific Reports)
  • Mammalian distal humerus fossils from eastern Montana, USA with implications for the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction and the adaptive radiation of placentals (PalaeoE)
  • Megachiropteran bats profoundly unique from microchiropterans in climbing and walking locomotion: Evolutionary implications (PLOS ONE)
  • Network analysis of the hominin origin of Herpes Simplex virus 2 from fossil data (Virus Evolution)
  • Critical comments on the genus Propachynolophus Lemoine, 1891 (Mammalia, Perissodactyla, Equoidea) (Palaeo Vertebrata)
  • Shorelines and vertebrate fauna of Pleistocene Lake Bonneville, Utah, Idaho, and Nevada (UGA Pubs)
  • Bird-like tracks from the Imilchil Formation (Middle Jurassic, Bajocian-Bathonian) of the Central High Atlas, Morocco, in comparison with similar Mesozoic tridactylous ichnotaxa (Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana)
  • Late Triassic ecosystem variations inferred by palynological records from Hechuan, southern Sichuan Basin, China (Geol Mag)
  • The Subeng vertebrate tracks: stratigraphy, sedimentology and a digital archive of a historic Upper Triassic palaeosurface (lower Elliot Formation), Leribe, Lesotho (southern Africa) (Link)
  • Bringing ecology blogging into the scientific fold: measuring reach and impact of science community blogs (RSOS)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • Vote for the Top 10 Taxa of 2017, deadline November 15 (PLOS Paleo)
  • Upcoming National Fossil Day Events, Part 1 (PLOS Paleo)
  • Upcoming National Fossil Day Events, Part 2 (PLOS Paleo)
  • National Fossil Day National Event in Washington, D.C., Oct. 11 (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)
  • A history of life on Earth: A masterclass on evolution with experts from the Natural History Museum, November 19, 2017 (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)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

  • Poll: sauropod vertebra picture of the decade (SV-POW)
  • Ten years of sauropod vertebrae! (SV-POW)
  • Consciousness and paleobiological laws: E. D. Cope as philosopher (Extinct)
  • Coming to a close… (Updates from the VMNH Paleo Lab)
  • Entering the Nth Dimension of Terra-Forming, Macro-Plant Scavenging, Hive-Minded Hadrosaurs (Antediluvian Salad)
  • Engaging the Public – The Experiment of the “Valley of the Mastodons” Workshop & Exhibit (PLOS Paleo)

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Interview: Zoë Lescaze on Paleoart (Old Bones)
  • Eleanor Gardner, Avian Taphonomist and Science Outreach Specialist (Time Scavengers)
  • UO researcher honored with international paleontology award (Link)

Art, 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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