Fossil Friday Roundup: December 29, 2017

Featured Image: A new Oligocene dolphin from Ecuador. From Tanaka et al (2017).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Origin and geochemical characterization of the glauconites in the Upper Cretaceous Lameta Formation, Narmada Basin, central India (Journal of Palaeogeography)
  • Additional contributions to the knowledge of the Taquaral Member, Irati Formation (Lower Permian, Paraná Basin): Taphonomy and paleoenvironmental implications (Carnets Geol)
  • Extracting coherent tree-ring climatic signals across spatial scales from extensive forest inventory data (PLOS ONE)
  • Plant remains from the Middle–Late Jurassic Daohugou site of the Yanliao Biota in Inner Mongolia, China (Acta Palaeobotanica)
  • Pollen morphology of extant Winteraceae: a study allowing SEM-based af liation of its fossil representatives (Acta Palaeobotanica)
  • Revision of Pennsylvanian genus Sturia Němejc and its spores (Duckmantian, Czech Republic) (Acta Palaeobotanica)
  • The early Miocene flora of Güvem (Central Anatolia, Turkey): a window into early Neogene vegetation and environments in the Eastern Mediterranean (Acta Palaeobotanica)
  • Biodiversity of the microbial mat of the Garga hot spring (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Identification of fossil worm tubes from Phanerozoic hydrothermal vents and cold seeps (Journal of Systematic Palaeontology)
  • Mandibulate convergence in an armoured Cambrian stem chelicerate (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Elgaecrinus uralicus gen. et sp. nov., a new crotalocrinitid (Crinoidea, Echinodermata) from the Lower Devonian (Lochkovian) of the Middle Urals (EJEE)
  • Mecaster texanus (Echinoidea) from Turonian-Coniacian strata in the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, Brazil (Carnets Geol)
  • Terrestrial invertebrates in the Rhynie chert ecosystem (Philos Transactions B)
  • History and contemporary significance of the Rhynie cherts—our earliest preserved terrestrial ecosystem (Philos Transactions B)
  • Feeding strategies in arthropods from the Rhynie and Windyfield cherts: ecological diversification in an early non-marine biota (Philos Transactions B)
  • Cornulitids from the Upper Ordovician of northwestern Russia (Carnets Geol)
  • Vascularization and odontode structure of a dorsal ridge spine of Romundina stellina Ørvig 1975 (PLOS ONE)
  • A large peltopleurid fish (Actinopterygii: Peltopleuriformes) from the Middle Triassic of Yunnan and Guizhou, China (IVPP)
  • A revision of fossil turtles from the Kiev Clays (Ukraine, Middle Eocene) with comments on the history of the collection of fossil vertebrates of A.S. Rogovich (Proceedings of the Zoological Institute RAS)
  • Dinosaur-plant interactions within a Middle Jurassic ecosystem—palynology of the Burniston Bay dinosaur footprint locality, Yorkshire, UK (Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments)
  • Therian postcranial bones from the Upper Cretaceous Bissekty Formation of Uzbekistan (Proceedings of the Zoological Institute RAS)
  • A new genus and species of vespertilionid bat from the Indomalayan Region (Journal of Mammalogy)
  • A new tropical Oligocene dolphin from Montañita/Olón, Santa Elena, Ecuador (PLOS ONE)
  • The early Miocene balaenid Morenocetus parvus from Patagonia (Argentina) and the evolution of right whales (PeerJ)
  • Expanding the geographic and geochronologic range of early pinnipeds: New specimens of Enaliarctos from Northern California and Oregon (APP)
  • Railroads in western São Paulo State (Brazil) and the rst discoveries of Late Cretaceous fossil vertebrates by naturalists and paleontologists (Revue de Paléobiologie, Genève)

Pre-Prints:

  • Ancient tropical extinctions contributed to the latitudinal diversity gradient (biorXiv)

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:

  • Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017: Eekaulostomus cuevasae (PLOS Paleo)
  • An unfortunate snake (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Paleo Profile: The Rhaetian Lizard (Laelaps)
  • Top 10 Open Access Fossil taxa of 2017: Borealopelta markmitchelli (PLOS Paleo)
  • Dinosaurs of a Feather (Laelaps)
  • Specimen of the Week 322: The Primordial Skull (UCL Blogs)
  • Fossil from Nevada cave spurs discovery of extinct horse (Link)
  • Fossil Friday – Smilodon vertebra (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Top 5 Cool Fossil Animal Posts of 2017 (Dr. Neurosaurus)

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Kansas fossil hunters brave Antarctica for rare plants (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. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6784-3980

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