Fossil Friday Roundup: April 27, 2018

Featured Image: From Nowakowski (2018). CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Quantifying ecological impacts of mass extinctions with network analysis of fossil communities (PNAS)
  • Late Miocene climate cooling and intensification of southeast Asian winter monsoon (Nature Communications)
  • Warm summers during the Younger Dryas cold reversal (Nature Communications)
  • Rare patterns of dorsal puncture in Pterostichus oblongopunctatus (Coleoptera: Carabidae) (PeerJ)
  • Haimormus shimojiensis, a new genus and species of Pseudozeuxidae (Crustacea: Tanaidacea) from a submarine limestone cave in Northwestern Pacific (PeerJ)
  • Growth patterns, sexual dimorphism, and maturation modeled in Pachypleurosauria from Middle Triassic of central Europe (Diapsida: Sauropterygia) (Fossil Record)
  • Crocodiles Alter Skin Color in Response to Environmental Color Conditions (Scientific Reports)
  • Morphometric assessment of pterosaur jaw disparity (RSOS)
  • How do diet and body mass drive reproductive strategies in mammals? (Biological Journal of the Linnean Society)
  • Puncture-and-Pull Biomechanics in the Teeth of Predatory Coelurosaurian Dinosaurs (Current Biology)
  • A second specimen of Citipati osmolskae associated with a nest of eggs from Ukhaa Tolgod, Omnogov Aimag, Mongolia. (American Museum novitates)
  • Frequency of appearance of transverse (Harris) lines reflects living conditions of the Pleistocene bear—Ursus ingressus—(Sudety Mts., Poland) (PLOS ONE)
  • Dietary specialization is linked to reduced species durations in North American fossil canids (RSOS)
  • Contrasting ecological roles of non-native ungulates in a novel ecosystem (RSOS)
  • Shape variation and modularity of skull and teeth in domesticated horses and wild equids (Frontiers in Zoology)
  • Footprints preserve terminal Pleistocene hunt? Human-sloth interactions in North America (Science Advances)
  • Estimating genetic kin relationships in prehistoric populations (PLOS ONE)
  • Quantifying the living fossil concept (PalaeoE)
  • Public perceptions about climate change mitigation in British Columbia’s forest sector (PLOS ONE)
  • phylopath: Easy phylogenetic path analysis in R (PeerJ)

Pre-Prints and Post-Prints:

  • The systematic position of the enigmatic thyreophoran dinosaur Paranthodon africanus, and the use of basal exemplifiers in phylogenetic analysis (PaleorXiv)
  • A new phylogeny of Stegosauria (Dinosauria, Ornithischia) (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)
  • 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 PLOS ONE Early Career Researcher Travel Awards in the Physical Sciences, Multiple Deadlines (Link)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

Art, books, culture, and fun:

  • Book review – The Lost Species: Great Expeditions in the Collections of Natural History Museums (The Inquisitive Biologist)
  • What it’s like to watch a Hugo-winning artist draw your dinosaur (SVPOW)
  • Paleoart: Painting the Land Before Time (The Brain Scoop)
  • Eberth and Evans’s Hadrosaurs, a Book Review, Part 1 (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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