Fossil Friday Roundup: March 23, 2018

Featured Image: From Schlager et al (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Retrodeformation of fossil specimens based on 3D bilateral semi-landmarks: Implementation in the R package “Morpho” (PLOS ONE)
  • Experimental analysis of soft‐tissue fossilization: opening the black box (Palaeontology
  • The fossilized birth-death model for the analysis of stratigraphic range data under different speciation modes)
  • The fossilized birth-death model for the analysis of stratigraphic range data under different speciation modes (Journal of Theoretical Biology)
  • A new yeti crab phylogeny: Vent origins with indications of regional extinction in the East Pacific (PLOS ONE)
  • Morphology of the Early Jurassic Arietitidae and the effects of syn vivo serpulid infestations (Fossil Record)
  • Evolution of reproductive strategies in dictyopteran insects—clues from ovipositor morphology of extinct roachoids (APP)
  • Whirling in the late Permian: ancestral Gyrinidae show early radiation of beetles before Permian-Triassic mass extinction (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Diversification rates indicate an early role of adaptive radiations at the origin of modern echinoid fauna (PLOS ONE)
  • Neopterygian phylogeny: the merger assay (RSOS)
  • Postcrania of large dissorophid temnospondyls from Richards Spur, Oklahoma (Fossil Record)
  • The first Oligocene sea turtle (Pan-Cheloniidae) record of South America (PeerJ)
  • Lepidosaurian diversity in the Mesozoic–Palaeogene: the potential roles of sampling biases and environmental drivers (RSOS)
  • Cenozoic aridization in Central Eurasia shaped diversification of toad-headed agamas (Phrynocephalus; Agamidae, Reptilia) (PeerJ)
  • A tiny Triassic saurian from Connecticut and the early evolution of the diapsid feeding apparatus (Nature Communications)
  • Tetrapod burrows from the Triassic Ermaying Formation of Shaanxi, China (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)
  • Patterns of divergence in the morphology of ceratopsian dinosaurs: sympatry is not a driver of ornament evolution (Proc B)
  • A new caenagnathid dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous Wangshi Group of Shandong, China, with comments on size variation among oviraptorosaurs (Scientific Reports)
  • Possible bite-induced abscess and osteomyelitis in Lufengosaurus(Dinosauria: sauropodomorph) from the Lower Jurassic of the Yimen Basin, China (Scientific Reports)
  • The systematic position of the enigmatic thyreophoran dinosaur Paranthodon africanus, and the use of basal exemplifiers in phylogenetic analysis (PeerJ)
  • First thyreophoran dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic (Bajocian) of Luxembourg (Geologica Belgica)
  • New partial dentaries of amphitheriid mammalian Palaeoxonodon ooliticus from Scotland, and posterior dentary morphology in early cladotherians (APP)
  • A new dolphin from the early Miocene of Patagonia, Argentina: Insights into the evolution of Platanistoidea in the Southern Hemisphere (APP)
  • Innovative assembly strategy contributes to understanding the evolution and conservation genetics of the endangered Solenodon paradoxus from the island of Hispaniola (GigaScience)
  • Uniformity in variety: Antler morphology and evolution in a predator-free environment (PalaeoE)
  • Camelus thomasi Pomel, 1893 from the Pleistocene type-locality Tighennif (Algeria). Comparisons with modern Camelus (Geodiversitas)
  • A new species of Forstercooperia (Perissodactyla, Paraceratheriidae) from northern China with a systematic revision of forstercooperiines (American Museum novitates)
  • Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists Annual Meeting 2018 Program with Abstracts. (PaleoBios)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 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)
  • European Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists Annual Meeting, Caprica, June 26–July 1, 2018 (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)

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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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