Fossil Friday Roundup: December 15, 2017

Featured Image: Reconstruction of the tick Deinocroton draculi on an immature feathered dinosaur. The reconstruction shows two unengorged males (left) and a female feeding to engorgement (right). Image by Oscar Sanisidro. From Peñalver et al (2017).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Differences between hard and soft phylogenetic data (ProcB)
  • A Biased, Misleading Review on Early Angiosperms (Natural Science)
  • The early Cambrian fossil embryo Pseudooides is a direct-developing cnidarian, not an early ecdysozoan (ProcB)
  • Data on Molluscan Shells in parts of Nellore Coast, southeast coast of India (Data in Brief)
  • Insights into the evolution, biogeography and natural history of the acorn ants, genus Temnothorax Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Improving global paleogeography since the late Paleozoic using paleobiology (Biogeosciences)
  • Vendozoa and selective forces on animal origin and early diversification: reply to Dufour and McIlroy (2017) (PhilosT)
  • Ancient connections among the European rivers and watersheds revealed from the evolutionary history of the genus Telestes (Actinopterygii; Cypriniformes) (PLOS ONE)
  • The shell morphology of the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) trionychid turtle Helopanoplia distincta (PeerJ)
  • First direct archosauromorph remains from the Early-Middle Triassic transition of the Iberian Peninsula (PalaeoE)
  • How lizards fly: A novel type of wing in animals (PLOS ONE)
  • Rediscovery of the holotype of Clelandina major Broom, 1948 (Gorgonopsia: Rubidgeinae) with implications for the identity of this species (Wired Space)
  • Discrete and continuous character-based disparity analyses converge to the same macroevolutionary signal: a case study from captorhinids (Scientific Reports)
  • A Triassic plesiosaurian skeleton and bone histology inform on evolution of a unique body plan (Science Advances)
  • First unambiguous dinosaur specimen from the Upper Triassic Chinle formation in Utah (Utah Geological Association)
  • Incremental growth of therizinosaurian dental tissues: implications for dietary transitions in Theropoda (PeerJ)
  • Parasitised feathered dinosaurs as revealed by Cretaceous amber assemblages (Nature Communicatons)
  • Maaqwi cascadensis: A large, marine diving bird (Avialae: Ornithurae) from the Upper Cretaceous of British Columbia, Canada (PLOS ONE)
  • A Paleocene penguin from New Zealand substantiates multiple origins of gigantism in fossil Sphenisciformes (Nature Communications)
  • Biofilm assists recognition of avian trackways in Late Pleistocene coastal aeolianites, South Africa (Wired Space)
  • Musculoskeletal networks reveal topological disparity in mammalian neck evolution (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Biochronology and paleobiogeography of late Cenozoic mammals of southern North America: a spatio-temporal approach (Revista del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales nueva serie)
  • Cranial osteology of the pampathere Holmesina floridanus (Xenarthra: Cingulata; Blancan NALMA), including a description of an isolated petrosal bone (PeerJ)
  • Finding fossils in Malapa breccia – medical CT scanning or micro-CT scanning? (South African Journal of Science)
  • External auditory exostoses in the Xuchang and Xujiayao human remains: Patterns and implications among eastern Eurasian Middle and Late Pleistocene crania (PLOS ONE)
  • A critical assessment of the Protoaurignacian lithic technology at Fumane Cave and its implications for the definition of the earliest Aurignacian (PLOS ONE)
  • Stone heat treatment in the Early Mesolithic of southwestern Germany: Interpretation and identification (PLOS ONE)


  • Revised age constraints for Late Cretaceous to early Paleocene terrestrial strata from the Dawson Creek section, Big Bend National Park, west Texas (PaleorXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • Apply Now For The 2018 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award, Deadline Jan. 18, 2018 (Paleontological Society)
  • Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists Annual Meeting, St. George, Utah, Feb. 16–18, 2018, Abstract Deadline January 12, 2018 (Link)
  • 2018 AIBS Congressional Visits Day In Washington, DC, April 17-18, 2018 (Paleontological Society)
  • 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:

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Watch The CBS4 Special: The Thornton Triceratops (Link)
  • The First Scientist to Study Dinosaur Footprints Thought Giant Birds Made Them (Atlas Obscura)
  • Under the Sea in Kentucky (Time Scavengers)

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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