Fossil Friday Roundup: June 8, 2018

Featured Image: Xanthopimpla messelensis, from Spasojevic et al. 2018.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • How many landmarks are enough to characterize shape and size variation? (PLOS ONE)
  • How does it feel? The affective domain and undergraduate student perception of fieldwork set in a broad pedagogical perspective (TJHE)
  • Causality from palaeontological time series (Palaeontology)
  • Abrupt global-ocean anoxia during the Late Ordovician–early Silurian detected using uranium isotopes of marine carbonates (PNAS)
  • News Feature: Life after the asteroid apocalypse (PNAS)
  • Devonian Tentaculitoidea of the Malvinokaffric Realm of Brazil, Paraná Basin (PalaeoE)
  • Solovievaia nomen novum for Ovatella Solovieva pre-occupied and revision of this fossil Foraminifera (Fusulinida, Profusulinellidae) (PalaeoE)
  • Abnormal xiphosurids, with possible application to Cambrian trilobites (PalaeoE)
  • Origin of raptorial feeding in juvenile euarthropods revealed by a Cambrian radiodontan (NSR)
  • The turnover of continental planktonic diatoms near the middle/late Miocene boundary and their Cenozoic evolution (PLOS ONE)
  • Seven remarkable new fossil species of parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) from the Eocene Messel Pit (PLOS ONE)
  • Arthropod trace fossils from Eocene cold climate continental strata of King George Island, West Antarctica (APP)
  • Evolution of jaw disparity in fishes (Palaeontology)
  • Teleost and elasmobranch eye lenses as a target for life-history stable isotope analyses (PeerJ)
  • Exceptional preservation of a Cretaceous intestine provides a glimpse of the early ecological diversity of spiny-rayed fishes (Acanthomorpha, Teleostei) (Scientific Reports)
  • Unraveling historical introgression and resolving phylogenetic discord within Catostomus (Osteichthys: Catostomidae) (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Quantitative histological models suggest endothermy in plesiosaurs (PeerJ)
  • Tuberculosis-like respiratory infection in 245-million-year-old marine reptile suggested by bone pathologies (Scientific Reports)
  • Cranial variability of the European Middle Triassic sauropterygian Simosaurus gaillardoti (APP)
  • Pterosaur dietary hypotheses: a review of ideas and approaches (Biological Reviews)
  • Cranial anatomy of Bellusaurus sui (Dinosauria: Eusauropoda) from the Middle-Late Jurassic Shishugou Formation of northwest China and a review of sauropod cranial ontogeny (PeerJ)
  • Homeotic transformations reflect departure from the mammalian ‘rule of seven’ cervical vertebrae in sloths: inferences on the Hox code and morphological modularity of the mammalian neck (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • A Brief Note on the Presence of the Common Hamster during the Late Glacial Period in Southwestern France (Quaternary)
  • The inference of gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) historical population attributes from whole-genome sequences (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Phytoliths as an indicator of early modern humans plant gathering strategies, fire fuel and site occupation intensity during the Middle Stone Age at Pinnacle Point 5-6 (south coast, South Africa) (PLOS ONE)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 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)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Fossil Discoveries in Niger with Dr. Ralf Kosma (Mostly Mammoths)
  • Postscript: Niger – A Personal Note (Mostly Mammoths)
  • Exploded turtles of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (SVPOW)

Art, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Adrian Currie’s “Rock, Bone, and Ruin” (Extinct)
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Marc’s review (LITC)
  • Dinosaur skulls in flames (LITC)


Do you have some news, a blog, or something just plain cool you want to share with the PLOS Paleo Community? Email it to us at, tweet it to us at @PLOSPaleo, or message us on Facebook.


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.

One thought on “Fossil Friday Roundup: June 8, 2018

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: