Fossil Friday Roundup: July 13, 2018

Featured Image: Lilingostrobus chaloneri gen. et sp. nov. Detail of pseudowhorls showing more than 5 leaves per pseudowhorl. Deeply sunken grooves indicating leaf midveins. From Gerrienne et al. (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Improving preservation state assessment of carbonate microfossils in paleontological research using label-free stimulated Raman imaging (PLOS ONE)
  • Lilingostrobus chaloneri gen. et sp. nov., a Late Devonian woody lycopsid from Hunan, China (PLOS ONE)
  • The first Permian centipedes from Russia (APP)
  • The systematic position of the stonefly †culonga Sinitshenkova, 2011 (Plecoptera: Leuctrida) reassessed using Reflectance Transforming Imaging and cladistic analysis (Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny)
  • Progress in the discovery of amphipod crustaceans (PeerJ)
  • The Himalayan connection of the Middle Triassic brachiopod fauna from Socotra (Yemen) (Bulletin of Geosciences)
  • First arboreal ’pelycosaurs’ (Synapsida: Varanopidae) from the early Permian Chemnitz Fossil Lagerstätte, SE Germany, with a review of varanopid phylogeny (PalZ)
  • Diets of giants: the nutritional value of sauropod diet during the Mesozoic (Palaeontology)
  • The Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation in North-Central New Mexico–Linking Colorado Plateau Stratigraphy to the Stratigraphy of the High Plains (Geology of the Intermountain West)
  • The micromammals (Eulipotyphla, Chiroptera, Rodentia and Lagomorpha) from the Late Pleistocene site of the El Sidrón cave (Asturias) (Estudios Geológicos)
  • Digging the compromise: investigating the link between limb bone histology and fossoriality in the aardvark (Orycteropus afer) (PeerJ)
  • Early bison remains from Mygdonia Basin (Northern Greece) (Geodiversitas)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Recent dating of extinct Atlantic gray whale fossils, (Eschrichtius robustus), Georgia Bight and Florida, western Atlantic Ocean (PeerJ)
  • Burmusculidae, a new and basal family of pompiloid wasps from the Cretaceous of Eurasia (Hymenoptera: Pompiloidea) (PaleorXiv)
  • New dyrosaurid remains (Crocodyliformes, Mesoeucrocodylia) from the Paleocene of the Paraiba Basin, NE Brazil (PaleorXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 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:

  • New extinct whale a close relative of the living northern right whale – Author interview with Michelangelo Bisconti (PeerJ Blog)
  • Rebuilding Our Reef: Palaeozoic Era Exhibit Reopens (Royal Tyrrell  Museum)

Art, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • The 2018 World Cup logo is based on the dorsal view of the Xenoposeidon holotype NHMUK PV R2095 (SVPOW)
  • Fredosaurus Rex – Won’t you eat, my neighbor? (Dave’s Dinosaurs)
  • Summer 2018 at Tet Zoo Towers (TetZoo)
  • Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs! Strange and Wonderful (LITC)
  • Five books about dinosaurs that need to be published urgently in Russia (Alioramus altai)

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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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