Fossil Friday Roundup: August 3, 2018

Featured Image: Type specimen of Altirhinus in lateral view. Photograph credit: Khishigjav Tsogtbaatar. From Gates et al. (2018). CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Carnian (Late Triassic) ostracods from the Sorgun Ophiolitic Mélange (Southern Turkey): Taxonomy, palaeoenvironment, and evidence of predation (PalaeoE)
  • Transient marine euxinia at the end of the terminal Cryogenian glaciation (Nature Comm)
  • It’s a protist-eat-protist world: recalcitrance, predation, and evolution in the Tonian–Cryogenian ocean (Emerging Topics in Life Sciences)
  • Mineralogy of Non-Silicified Fossil Wood (Geosciences)
  • Non-Mineralized Fossil Wood (Geosciences)
  • ‘Rolling’ stoneflies (Insecta: Plecoptera) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber (PeerJ)
  • First green lacewings from the late Eocene Baltic amber (APP)
  • A candidate stem-group rossellid (Porifera, Hexactinellida) from the latest Ordovician Anji Biota, China (Bulletin of Geosciences)
  • A putative fossil sejid mite (Parasitiformes: Mesostigmata) in Baltic amber re-identified as an anystine (Acariformes: Prostigmata) (Acarologica)
  • The youngest ophiocistioid: a first Palaeozoic‐type echinoderm group representative from the Mesozoic (Palaeontology)
  • New articulated asteroids (Echinodermata, Asteroidea) and ophiuroids (Echinodermata, Ophiuroidea) from the Late Jurassic (Volgian / Tithonian) of central Spitsbergen (European Journal of Taxonomy)
  • Static Dental Disparity and Morphological Turnover in Sharks across the End-Cretaceous Mass Extinction (Current Biology)
  • Osteology and phylogenetic relationships of Haqelpycnodus picteti gen. and sp. nov., a new pycnodont fish genus (Pycnodontidae) from the marine Late Cretaceous tropical sea of Lebanon (Geo-Eco-Trop)
  • The Mesozoic fish genus Pholidophorus (Teleostei, Pholidophoriformes), with an osteological study of the type-species Pholidophorus latiusculus. Comments on some problems concerning the “pholidophoriform” fishes (Geo-Eco-Trop)
  • Osteology and phylogenetic relationships of Furloichthys bonarellii gen. and sp. nov. (Teleostei, Ichthyodectidae), a tropical fish from the Upper Cretaceous of central Italy (Geo-Eco-Trop)
  • An Eocene paraclupeid fish (Teleostei, Ellimmichthyiformes) from Bolca, Italy: the youngest marine record of double‐armoured herrings (Papers in Palaeontology)
  • Ornamentation of dermal bones of Metoposaurus krasiejowensis and its ecological implications (PeerJ)
  • The changing views on the evolutionary relationships of extant Salamandridae (Amphibia: Urodela) (PLOS ONE)
  • A new relict stem salamander from the Early Cretaceous of Yakutia, Siberian Russia (APP)
  • Hyperphalangy in a new sinemydid turtle from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota (PeerJ)
  • Reassessment of the enigmatic crocodyliform “Goniopholis” paulistanus Roxo, 1936: Historical approach, systematic, and description by new materials (PLOS ONE)
  • A method for deducing neck mobility in plesiosaurs, using the exceptionally preserved Nichollssaura borealis (RSOS)
  • Response: A Reassessment of the Taxonomic Position of Mesosaurs, and a Surprising Phylogeny of Early Amniotes (Frontiers in Earth Science)
  • Was Mesosaurus a Fully Aquatic Reptile? (Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution)
  • A new Middle Jurassic diplodocoid suggests an earlier dispersal and diversification of sauropod dinosaurs (Nature Communications)
  • A re-evaluation of the basicranial soft tissues and pneumaticity of the therizinosaurian Nothronychus mckinleyi (Theropoda; Maniraptora) (PLOS ONE)
  • A new iguanodontian (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Early Cretaceous of Mongolia (PeerJ)
  • A high-latitude fauna of mid-Mesozoic mammals from Yakutia, Russia (PLOS ONE)
  • A long-forgotten ‘dinosaur’ bone from a museum cabinet, uncovered to be a Japan’s iconic extinct mammal, Paleoparadoxia (Desmostylia, Mammalia) (RSOS)
  • Preliminary Analysis of European Small Mammal Faunas of the Eemian Interglacial: Species Composition and Species Diversity at a Regional Scale (Quaternary)
  • Convergent evolution in the Euarchontoglires (Biology Letters)
  • A new species of Miocene wombat (Marsupialia, Vombatiformes) from Riversleigh, Queensland, Australia, and implications for the evolutionary history of the Vombatidae (PalaeoE)
  • Mammoths, Deer, and a Dog: Fossil and (Sub) Recent Allochthonous Remains from the Northeastern Croatia (Podravina Region), with the First Radiocarbon Dating of the Croatian Woolly Mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) (Quaternary)
  • Cranial and mandibular morphology of Middle Pleistocene cave bears (Ursus deningeri): implications for diet and evolution (Historical Biology)
  • Late Quaternary horses in Eurasia in the face of climate and vegetation change (Science Advances)
  • Strong Fuzzy EHLFS: A General Conceptual Framework to Address Past Records of Environmental, Ecological and Cultural Change (Quaternary)
  • Forcing of late Pleistocene ice volume by spatially variable summer energy (Scientific Reports)
  • Rapid Quaternary subsidence in the northwestern German North Sea (Scientific Reports)
  • An experimental study of turtle shell rattle production and the implications for archaeofaunal assemblages (PLOS ONE)
  • Middle Stone Age human teeth from Magubike rockshelter, Iringa Region, Tanzania (PLOS ONE)
  • Prehistoric migrations through the Mediterranean basin shaped Corsican Y-chromosome diversity (PLOS ONE)
  • Acheulean technology and landscape use at Dawadmi, central Arabia (PLOS ONE)

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:

  • Another Utah trip, and Aquilops on display at Dinosaur Journey (SVPOW)
  • Fossil Stoneflies in Burmese Amber named after the Rolling Stones (PeerJ Blog)
  • Paleo-Interview with Travis Wellman (Paleo Society)

Art, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Review of the book Artiodactyls, four-winged dinosaurs, running worms … [Russian] (Alioramus altai)
  • Book Review – Earth History and Palaeogeography (The Inquisitive Biologist)
  • A Disarray of Palaeoart: Marc’s Review (LITC)

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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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