Fossil Friday Roundup: March 2, 2018

Featured Image: Skull of Metoposaurus krasiejowensis from the Upper Triassic of southwest Poland (UOPB 01029). From Konietzko-Meier et al (2017), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Climate warming drives local extinction: Evidence from observation and experimentation (Science Advances)
  • Warm and cold wet states in the western United States during the Pliocene–Pleistocene (Geology)
  • Penetrative trace fossils from the late Ediacaran of Mongolia: early onset of the agronomic revolution (RSOS)
  • Early Cambrian animal diapause embryos revealed by X-ray tomography (Geology)
  • Small carbonaceous fossils (SCFs) from the Terreneuvian (lower Cambrian) of Baltica (Palaeontology)
  • Early Eocene deep-sea benthic foraminiferal faunas: Recovery from the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum extinction in a greenhouse world (PLOS ONE)
  • Marine exotic isopods from the Iberian Peninsula and nearby waters (PeerJ)
  • Evolution through cold and deep waters: the molecular phylogeny of the Lithodidae (Crustacea: Decapoda) (Science of Nature)
  • Diversification of insects since the Devonian: a new approach based on morphological disparity of mouthparts (Scientific Reports)
  • On the Stratigraphic Significance of Elasmobranchs (Chondrichtyes, Elasmobranchii)) in the Cenomanian of the Volga River Basin (Right Bank) (Izv. Saratov Univ. (N.S.), Ser. Earth Sciences)
  • Cardiorespiratory interactions previously identified as mammalian are present in the primitive lungfish (Science Advances)
  • Merging cranial histology and 3D-computational biomechanics: a review of the feeding ecology of a Late Triassic temnospondyl amphibian (PeerJ)
  • Psychrophrynella glauca sp. n., a new species of terrestrial-breeding frogs (Amphibia, Anura, Strabomantidae) from the montane forests of the Amazonian Andes of Puno, Peru (PeerJ)
  • A striking new genus and species of cave-dwelling frog (Amphibia: Anura: Microhylidae: Asterophryinae) from Thailand (PeerJ)
  • Evolutionary radiation of earless frogs in the Andes: molecular phylogenetics and habitat shifts in high-elevation terrestrial breeding frogs (PeerJ)
  • Skin gland concentrations adapted to different evolutionary pressures in the head and posterior regions of the caecilian Siphonops annulatus (Scientific Reports)
  • Eggs for breakfast? Analysis of a probable mosasaur biting trace on the Cretaceous echinoid Echinocorys ovata Leske, 1778 (Fossil Record)
  • Correction: The first pterosaur pelvic material from the Dinosaur Park Formation (Campanian) and implications for azhdarchid locomotion (Facets)
  • Vertebrate diversity of the Early Cretaceous Tetori Biota from Japan, the state of the art (Memoir of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum)
  • First occurrence of a tyrannosauroid dinosaur from the Lower Campanian Merchantville Formation of Delaware, USA (Memoir of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum)
  • On the dentary in the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum of Gorgosaurus libratus (Theropoda: Tyrannosauridae) from the Dinosaur Park Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of Alberta, Canada (Memoir of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum)
  • Flightless rails (Aves: Rallidae) from the early Miocene St Bathans Fauna     , Otago, New Zealand (Journal of Systematic Paleontology)
  • Phalangeal joints kinematics in ostrich (Struthio camelus) locomotion on sand (PLOS ONE)
  • A comprehensive genomic history of extinct and living elephants (PNAS)
  • Reappraisal of Endotherium niinomii Shikama, 1947, a eutherian mammal from the Lower Cretaceous Fuxin Formation, Fuxin-Jinzhou Basin, Liaoning, China (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)
  • A Middle Miocene baleen whale from Bele Vode in Belgrade, Serbia (RIPS)
  • New sabre toothed Felidae (Carnivora, Mammalia) in the hominid-bearing sites of Toros Menalla (late Miocene, Chad) (Geodiversitas)
  • U-Th dating of carbonate crusts reveals Neandertal origin of Iberian cave art (Science)
  • Symbolic use of marine shells and mineral pigments by Iberian Neandertals 115,000 years ago (Science Advances)
  • MIA-Clustering: a novel method for segmentation of paleontological material (PeerJ)
  • Formal comment on: Myhrvold (2016) Dinosaur metabolism and the allometry of maximum growth rate. PLoS ONE; 11(11): e0163205 (PLOS ONE)
  • Response to formal comment on Myhrvold (2016) submitted by Griebeler and Werner (2017) (PLOS ONE)
  • Middle and Later Stone Age chronology of Kisese II rockshelter (UNESCO World Heritage Kondoa Rock-Art Sites), Tanzania (PLOS ONE)
  • A New Pleistocene Hominin Tracksite from the Cape South Coast, South Africa (Scientific Reports)
  • Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology: revealing the origin and evolutionary trace of human and other species (National Science Review)
  • How scientists perceive the evolutionary origin of human traits: Results of a survey study (Ecology and Evolution)

Pre-Prints and Post-Prints:

  • History is written by the victors: the effect of the push of the past on the fossil record  (bioRXiv)
  • A quantitative approach to determine the taxonomic identity and ontogeny of the pycnodontiform fish Pycnodus (Neopterygii, Actinopterygii) from the Eocene of Bolca Lagerstätte, Italy (PeerJ)
  • Theropod hindlimbs with feeding and other traces reveal ecosystem dynamics in the Maastrichtian of eastern North America (PeerJ)
  • The first record of dinosaur eggshell from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation (Maastrichtian) of Alberta, Canada (PaleoRXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • Burpee PaleoFest, March 3-4, 2018 (Link)
  • Lyell Meeting 2018: Mass extinctions – understanding the world’s worst crises, March 7 2018 (Link)
  • 11th Annual SeAVP Conference, May 23–27, 2018, North Carolina (Link)
  • Trekking Across the GOBE: From the Cambrian through the Katian, IGCP 653 Annual Meeting, June 3-7, 2018, Athens, Ohio, USA (Link)
  • 5th International Palaeontological Congress (IPC5), July 9–13, 2018, France (Link)
  • Flugsaurier 2018 Circular, August 10–14, 2018, Los Angeles (Link)
  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)


  • The AWG Undergraduate Excellence in Paleontology Award, deadline April 15, 2018 (PaleoSociety)
  • Analytical Paleobiology Short Course, July 19–August 15. Deadline to apply April 1, 2018 (Link)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Forgotten Women of Paleontology: Carlotta Joaquina Maury (Letters from Gondwana)
  • Tracking Cretaceous Birds in South Korea: Goseong Dinosaur Tracks (SWSMLB)
  • Jeanette Pirlo, Paleontologist and Marine Biologist (Time Scavengers)

Art, books, culture, and fun:

  • Book Review: “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs” by Steve Brusatte (Everything Dinosaur)
  • Let’s Publish The Old Kingdom! (PBW)
  • Machairodus pair: the intricacies behind a simple composition (Chasing Sabretooths)
  • A mural for Dippy: restoring a celebrity Diplodocus in art (Mark Witton)
  • Off-topic: what will happen to my tungsten cube? (SVPOW)
  • Secrets of the “Renaissance of the Dinosaurs” (Alioramus Altai)

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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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