Fossil Friday Roundup: April 13, 2018

Featured Image: Parababinskaia makarkini sp. n., holotype male. From Hu et al. (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Diel hysteresis between soil respiration and soil temperature in a biological soil crust covered desert ecosystem (PLOS ONE)
  • Climate variability and cultural eutrophication at Walden Pond (Massachusetts, USA) during the last 1800 years (PLOS ONE)
  • Multiple episodes of extensive marine anoxia linked to global warming and continental weathering following the latest Permian mass extinction (Science Advances)
  • Coccolith arrangement follows Eulerian mathematics in the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi (PeerJ)
  • The rise of a novel, plankton-based marine ecosystem during the Mesozoic: a bottom-up model to explain new higher-tier invertebrate morphotypes (Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana)
  • Morphometric analysis of Eocene nummulitids in western and central Cuba: taxonomy, biostratigraphy and evolutionary trends (Journal of Systematic Paleontology)
  • New reports of Paratethyan ostracods affinity from the Mediterranean Basin (Sicily, Italy) (PalaeoE)
  • Comparison of ventral organ development across Pycnogonida (Arthropoda, Chelicerata) provides evidence for a plesiomorphic mode of late neurogenesis in sea spiders and myriapods (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Provenance, systematics and palaeoecology of Mississippian (Lower Carboniferous) corals (subclasses Rugosa, Tabulata) preserved in an urban environment, Leiden, the Netherlands (Bulletin of the Mizunami Fossil Museum)
  • The early Pleistocene whale-fall community of Bargiano (Umbria, Central Italy): Paleoecological insights from benthic foraminifera and brachyuran crabs (PalaeoE)
  • Taxonomic notes on Babinskaiidae from the Cretaceous Burmese amber, with the description of a new species (Insecta, Neuroptera) (ZooKeys)
  • Fossil scales illuminate the early evolution of lepidopterans and structural colors (Science Advances)
  • The skeletal ontogeny of Astatotilapia burtoni – a direct-developing model system for the evolution and development of the teleost body plan (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Basilemys morrinensis, a new species of nanhsiungchelyid turtle from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of Alberta, Canada (JVP)
  • Rhinochelys amaberti Moret (1935), a protostegid turtle from the Early Cretaceous of France (PeerJ)
  • A giant Late Triassic ichthyosaur from the UK and a reinterpretation of the Aust Cliff ‘dinosaurian’ bones (PLOS ONE)
  • Structural, functional, and physiological signals in ichthyosaur vertebral centrum microanatomy and histology (Geodiversitas)
  • Correction: Late Maastrichtian pterosaurs from North Africa and mass extinction of Pterosauria at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary (PLOS Biology)
  • Evolutionary transitions in body plan and reproductive mode alter maintenance metabolism in squamates (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • High-resolution computed tomographic analysis of tooth replacement pattern of the basal neoceratopsian Liaoceratops yanzigouensis informs ceratopsian dental evolution (Scientific Reports)
  • Disjunct distribution and distinct intraspecific diversification of Eothenomys melanogaster in South China (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Dynamic representation of 3D auditory space in the midbrain of the free-flying echolocating bat (eLife)
  • Taxonomic revision of the long-nosed armadillos, Genus Dasypus Linnaeus, 1758 (Mammalia, Cingulata) (PLOS ONE)
  • Population genomics of finless porpoises reveal an incipient cetacean species adapted to freshwater (Nature Communications)
  • Ancient DNA from Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) of South-Western China Reveals Genetic Diversity Loss during the Holocene (Genes)
  • Synchronous diversification of Sulawesi’s iconic artiodactyls driven by recent geological events (ProcB)
  • Bison body size and climate change (Ecology and Evolution)
  • Lama guanicoe remains from the Chaco ecoregion (Córdoba, Argentina): An osteological approach to the characterization of a relict wild population (PLOS ONE)
  • Late Pleistocene proboscideans from Yangjiawan caves in Pingxiang of Jiangxi: with discussions on the Stegodon orientalis–Elephas maximus assemblage (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)
  • The Disappearing Lamellae: Implications of new findings in the family Equidae suggest the loss of nuchal ligament lamellae on C6 and C7 occurred post domestication (Journal of Equine Veterinary Science)
  • Evo-devo models of tooth development and the origin of hominoid molar diversity (Science Advances)
  • Analysis of Human Sequence Data Reveals Two Pulses of Archaic Denisovan Admixture (Cell)
  • Blade and bladelet production at Hohle Fels Cave, AH IV in the Swabian Jura and its importance for characterizing the technological variability of the Aurignacian in Central Europe (PLOS ONE)
  • A reassessment of the early archaeological record at Leang Burung 2, a Late Pleistocene rock-shelter site on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (PLOS ONE)
  • Measuring inferential importance of taxa using taxon influence indices (Ecology and Evolution)
  • Including autapomorphies is important for paleontological tip-dating with clocklike data, but not with non-clock data (PeerJ)
  • Tweet success? Scientific communication correlates with increased citations in Ecology and Conservation (PeerJ)
  • Tetrapods on the EDGE: Overcoming data limitations to identify phylogenetic conservation priorities (PLOS ONE)
  • Distinguishing butchery cut marks from crocodile bite marks through machine learning methods (Scientific Reports)

Pre-Prints and Post-Prints:

  • The inseparability of sampling and time and its influence on attempts to unify the molecular and fossil records (arXiv)
  • A novel method of estimating pterosaur skeletal mass using computed tomography scans (PaleorXiv)

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), Registration Deadline April 9
  • 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)


  • Raymond M. Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research and Education, deadline April 13, 2018 (Alf Museum)
  • The AWG Undergraduate Excellence in Paleontology Award, deadline April 15, 2018 (PaleoSociety)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Dr. Heather L. Ford, Paleoclimatologist (Time Scavengers)
  • Darwin’s lost fossils – including a sloth the size of a car – to be made public (Link)
  • Fowler set to uncover new species of ankylosaur (Link)

Art, books, culture, and fun:

  • What are the Cincinnati Mammoths? (Hint: it’s not a sports team) (Dave’s Dinosaurs)
  • Ask SV-POW!: Could you wield a club made from a dinosaur femur? (SVPOW)
  • Beyond the tiger’s stripes (Chasing Sabretooths)
  • The Camptosaurus Challenge Strikes Back (LITC)
  • The Making of Dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight (Tetrapod Zoology)

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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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