Fossil Friday Roundup: November 17, 2017

Featured Image: Brachiopods (Eohadrotreta zhenbaensis) from the Cambrian of China. From Zhang et al. (2017).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Stromatolites on the rise in peat-bound karstic wetlands (Scientific Reports)
  • Does fuel type influence the amount of charcoal produced in wildfires? Implications for the fossil record (Palaeontology)
  • Unlocking the biomineralization style and affinity of Paleozoic fusulinid foraminifera (Scientific Reports)
  • Centimeter-wide worm-like fossils from the lowest Cambrian of South China (Scientific Reports)
  • Response to “An exceptionally preserved 110 million years old praying mantis provides new insights into the predatory behaviour of early mantodeans” (PeerJ)
  • The ultimate legs of Chilopoda (Myriapoda): a review on their morphological disparity and functional variability (PeerJ)
  • Sediment tolerance mechanisms identified in sponges using advanced imaging techniques (PeerJ)
  • Post-metamorphic allometry in the earliest acrotretoid brachiopods from the lower Cambrian (Series 2) of South China, and its implications (Palaeontology)
  • Inner Ear Otolith Asymmetry in Late-Larval Cichlid Fish (Oreochromis mossambicus, Perciformes) Showing Kinetotic Behaviour Under Diminished Gravity (Scientific Reports)
  • Reconstructing pectoral appendicular muscle anatomy in fossil fish and tetrapods over the fins-to-limbs transition (Biological Reviews)
  • Overland movement in African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis): empirical dispersal data from within their native range (PeerJ)
  • Morphological and genetic evidence for a new karst specialist lizard from New Guinea (Cyrtodactylus: Gekkonidae) (RSOS)
  • Intraspecific variation in the diet of the Mexican garter snake Thamnophis eques (PeerJ)
  • Supradapedon revisited: geological explorations in the Triassic of southern Tanzania (PeerJ)
  • How can we reliably identify a taxon based on humeral morphology? Comparative morphology of desmostylian humeri (PeerJ)
  • Stable Isotopes Reveal Rapid Enamel Elongation (Amelogenesis) Rates for the Early Cretaceous Iguanodontian Dinosaur Lanzhousaurus magnidens (Scientific Reports)
  • The Small and the Dead: A Review of Ancient DNA Studies Analysing Micromammal Species (Genes)
  • Deciduous dentition and dental eruption of Hyainailouroidea (Hyaenodonta, “Creodonta,” Placentalia, Mammalia) (PalaeoE)
  • Gigantic lion, Panthera leo, from the Pleistocene of Natodomeri, eastern Africa (Journal of Paleontology)
  • Evolution of facial color pattern complexity in lemurs (Scientific Reports)
  • Elbow Joint Geometry in Bears (Ursidae, Carnivora): a Tool to Infer Paleobiology and Functional Adaptations of Quaternary Fossils (Journal of Mammalian Evolution)
  • Site of asteroid impact changed the history of life on Earth: the low probability of mass extinction (Scientific Reports)


  • Xenoposeidon is the earliest known rebbachisaurid sauropod dinosaur (PeerJ)
  • Functional and morphometric analysis of a middle Miocene bandicoot (Marsupialia, Peramelemorphia) skeleton from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, Australia (PeerJ)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • A history of life on Earth: A masterclass on evolution with experts from the Natural History Museum, November 19, 2017 (Link)
  • November Webinar: A FOSSIL Feast, November 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (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:

  • Study settles prehistoric puzzle, finds carbon dioxide link to global warming 22 million years ago (Link)
  • UWM geologists uncover Antarctica’s fossil forests (Link)
  • The first fossils described from Dinosaur National Monument (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Is the vampire squid an octopus or a squid? (Fistful of Cinctans)
  • Remeasuring Pisanosaurus (Extinct)
  • Xenoposeidon is ten years old today! And it’s the oldest rebbachisaur! (SVPOW)
  • The Dinosaur Tree Debate Continues (Dr. Neurosaurus)
  • The Giant Extinct Otter and its Giant Bite (Dr. Neurosaurus)
  • Sex in the Slow Lane (Synapsida)
  • Fossil Friday – deer humerus (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Paleo Profile: King of the Miocene Iberian Giraffes (Laelaps)
  • Swift pussy cat: Batallones’ little feline wonder revealed (Chasing Sabretooths)
  • A New Look at the Same Beast (Laelaps)
  • In Siberia, a perfectly preserved frozen cave-lion cub (Earth Touch News)
  • Cave Lion Mummy May Not Be What It Seems (Link)

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

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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