Fossil Friday Roundup: July 20, 2018

Featured Image: Upper deciduous dentition of Periptychus carinidens (AMNH 3794). From Shelley et al. (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Anoxic ecosystems and early eukaryotes (Emerging Topics in Life Sciences)
  • An epiphytacean-Girvanella (Cyanobacteria) symbiosis from the Cambrian (Series 3; Drumian) of North Greenland (Laurentia) (Bulletin of Geosciences)
  • Temperature is a poor proxy for synergistic climate forcing of plankton evolution (ProcB)
  • Decomposing the effects of ocean environments on predator–prey body-size relationships in food webs (RSOS)
  • A new insight into the evolution and functional divergence of FRK genes in Pyrus bretschneideri (RSOS)
  • Morphospace saturation in the stem-gnathostomes pteraspidiformes heterostracans: an early radiation of a ‘bottom’ heavy clade (PeerJ)
  • Wnt/β-catenin regulates an ancient signaling network during zebrafish scale development (eLife)
  • Problems in Fish-to-Tetrapod Transition: Genetic Expeditions Into Old Specimens (Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology)
  • Squamate reptiles challenge paradigms of genomic repeat element evolution set by birds and mammals (Nature Communications)
  • A comprehensive database of thermal developmental plasticity in reptiles (Scientific Data)
  • New data on the Late Cretaceous lizard Dicothodon bajaensis (Squamata, Borioteiioidea) from Baja California, Mexico reveals an unusual tooth replacement pattern in squamates (Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências)
  • A new southern Laramidian ankylosaurid, Akainacephalus johnsoni gen. et sp. nov., from the upper Campanian Kaiparowits Formation of southern Utah, USA (PeerJ)
  • Diets of giants: the nutritional value of sauropod diet during the Mesozoic (Palaeontology)
  • Nuevos restos de dinosaurios estiracosternos en el Albiense de la Cordillera Ibérica (Geogaceta)
  • CSI Cinctorres (Castellón, España): lesión traumática en un dinosaurio terópodo (Geogaceta)
  • Quail-thrush birds from the Miocene of northern Australia (APP)
  • Rebuttal of McFeeters, Ryan and Cullen, 2018, ‘Positional variation in pedal unguals of North American ornithomimids (Dinosauria, Theropoda): A Response to Brownstein (2017)’ (VAMP)
  • Diversity of diapsid fifth metatarsals from the Lower Triassic karst deposits of Czatkowice, southern Poland—functional and phylogenetic implications (APP)
  • Hidden Diversity of African Yellow House Bats (Vespertilionidae, Scotophilus): Insights From Multilocus Phylogenetics and Lineage Delimitation (Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution)
  • Reappraisal of Endotherium niinomii Shikama, 1947, a eutherian mammal from the Lower Cretaceous Fuxin Formation, Fuxin-Jinzhou Basin, Liaoning, China (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)
  • Mammals from the earliest Uintan (middle Eocene) Turtle Bluff Member, Bridger Formation, southwestern Wyoming, USA, Part 3: Marsupialia and a reevaluation of the Bridgerian-Uintan North American Land Mammal Age transition (PalaeoE)
  • The osteology of Periptychus carinidens: A robust, ungulate-like placental mammal (Mammalia: Periptychidae) from the Paleocene of North America (PLOS ONE)
  • Late Pleistocene vertebrates from Three-Forks Cave, Adair County, Oklahoma Ozark Highland (Journal of Cave and Karst Studies)
  • Stratigraphical characteristics of Quaternary deposits on the left bank of the Sava River near Belgrade (Geološki anali Balkanskoga poluostrva)
  • Quaternary Large-Mammal Zones (The Encyclopedia of Archeological Sciences)
  • Reassessment of historical sections from the Paleogene marine margin of the Congo Basin reveals an almost complete absence of Danian deposits (Geoscience Frontiers)
  • Population genetic structure and evolutionary history of Bale monkeys (Chlorocebus djamdjamensis) in the southern Ethiopian Highlands (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • The Iceman’s Last Meal Consisted of Fat, Wild Meat, and Cereals (Current Biology)
  • Did Our Species Evolve in Subdivided Populations across Africa, and Why Does It Matter? (TREE)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Chilamnestocoris mixtus gen. et spec. nov., the first burrower bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomoidea: Cydnidae) in Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber (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:

  • Forelimb homology display at the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (SVPOW)
  • Missing bones and our understanding of ancient biodiversity (Link)
  • Helveticosaurus: Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • Digging into Pterosaur Diets (Laelaps)
  • Proximal caudals of Haplocanthosaurus, from Hatcher (1903) (SVPOW)
  • Your Friends The Titanosaurs, part 2: Aeolosaurus (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Fossil Friday – hadrosaur tibia (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Ingentia prima, the first giant (Letters From Gondwana)
  • Got milk? Even the first mammals knew how to suckle (Link)
  • The Pig Family: Warthogs (Synapsida)

Methods and Musings:

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

Art, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved — подробности русского издания (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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