Fossil Friday Roundup: June 29, 2018

Featured Image: Ceratosaurus, from Delacourt (2018).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation (PLOS Biology)
  • A new, three-dimensional geometric morphometric approach to assess egg shape (PeerJ)
  • Extensive marine anoxia during the terminal Ediacaran Period (Science Advances)
  • Body-size increase in crinoids following the end-Devonian mass extinction (Scientific Reports)
  • Occurrence of Dipleura dekayi Green, 1832 (Trilobita, Homalonotidae) in the Devonian of Colombia. (American Museum novitates)
  • Wolf spider burrows from a modern saline sandflat in central Argentina: morphology, taphonomy and clues for recognition of fossil examples (PeerJ)
  • Morphological variations in the dorsal fin finlets of extant polypterids raise questions about their taxonomical validity (PeerJ)
  • A new species of the deep-bodied actinopterygian Dapedium from the Middle Jurassic (Aalenian) of southwestern Germany (PeerJ)
  • Ceratosaur palaeobiology: new insights on evolution and ecology of the southern rulers (Scientific Reports)
  • Osteohistology of Late Triassic prozostrodontian cynodonts from Brazil  (PeerJ)
  • A North American stem turaco, and the complex biogeographic history of modern birds (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Systematics and phylogeny of the Zygodactylidae (Aves, Neognathae) with description of a new species from the early Eocene of Wyoming, USA (PeerJ)
  • New Paleogene notohippids and leontiniids (Toxodontia, Notoungulata, Mammalia) from the early Oligocene Tinguiririca Fauna of the Andean Main Range, central Chile. (American Museum novitates)
  • The key role of behaviour in animal camouflage (Biological Reviews)
  • Dry season diet composition of four-horned antelope Tetracerus quadricornis in tropical dry deciduous forests, Nepal (PeerJ)
  • A new species of Middle Miocene baleen whale from the Nupinai Group, Hikatagawa Formation of Hokkaido, Japan (PeerJ)
  • Assessment of the effect of climate changes in the Late Pleistocene and Holocene on niche conservatism of an arvicolid specialist (Scientific Reports)
  • The late Miocene mammals from the Konservat-Lagerstätte of Saint-Bauzile (Ardèche, France) (CRP)
  • Mammalian Ichnopathology: a case study of Holartic Ungulates (Gomphotheriidae, Equidae, Camelidae) of the Late Pleistocene of South America. Ichnotaxomic implications (Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana)
  • Descripción de las huellas de camélidos y félidos de la localidad Pie de Vaca, Cenozoico Tardío de Puebla, centro de México y algunas consideraciones paleobiológicas (Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana)
  • Late Pleistocene (Rancholabrean) Mammalian Assemblage from Paw Paw Cove, Tilghman Island, Maryland (Open SI)
  • Body mass predicts isotope enrichment in herbivorous mammals (ProcB)
  • Orangutans venture out of the rainforest and into the Anthropocene (Science Advances)
  • Early Neolithic executions indicated by clustered cranial trauma in the mass grave of Halberstadt (Nature Communications)
  • Late Holocene climatic variability in Subarctic Canada: Insights from a high-resolution lake record from the central Northwest Territories (PLOS ONE)
  • Correction: Chronological reassessment of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition and Early Upper Paleolithic cultures in Cantabrian Spain (PLOS ONE)
  • New SIMS U-Pb age constraints on the largest lake transgression event in the Songliao Basin, NE China (PLOS ONE)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 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:

  • Regarding forams (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Fossil fish with platypus-like snout shows that coral reefs have long been evolution hotspots (Link)
  • Fossil Friday – champsosaur vertebrae (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Paleo Profile: The Wine Lizard (Laelaps)
  • What Did Dinosaur Tongues Look Like? (Laelaps)
  • Did apatosaurs have unusually large neural spines, too? (SVPOW)
  • What is a Marsupial? (Synapsida)
  • Case Western Reserve researchers, collaborators from two other universities, identify two new ancient mammals in Bolivia dig (Link)
  • This curious animal grew larger over time – but its brain didn’t quite keep up (Link)
  • Fossil Friday – antilocaprid tooth (Valley of the Mastodon)

Methods and Musings:

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Interview with Paleontologist Amy Atwater (PBW)
  • Field Work on the Greenland Ice Sheet, Part 1 (Time Scavengers)
  • The Smithsonian Had To Dig Up Their Dinosaurs Again (The Atlantic)
  • Afield in Oklahoma (SVPOW)
  • Afield in Oklahoma, part 2 (SVPOW)

Art, Books, Culture, Fun:

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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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