Fossil Friday Roundup: August 24, 2018

Featured Image: Skull of referred specimen of Aetosauroides scagliai(UFSM 11505), right lateral view. From Biacchi Brust et al (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • What affects power to estimate speciation rate shifts? (PeerJ)
  • Young species of cupuladriid bryozoans occupied new Caribbean habitats faster than old species (Scientific Reports)
  • A new genus of fungus weevils (Coleoptera: Anthribidae) in Rovno amber (Fossil Record)
  • Description of a Cretaceous amber fossil putatively of the tribe Coprophilini (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Oxytelinae) (ZooKeys)
  • Diverse Cretaceous larvae reveal the evolutionary and behavioural history of antlions and lacewings (Nature Communications)
  • The vertebrate middle and inner ear: A short overview (Journal of Morphology)
  • First fossil record of Atherinella sp. (Pisces, Teleostei, Atherinopsidae) from the Lower Pliocene of Costa Rica, Central America (Revista Geológica de América Central)
  • Where does diversity come from? Linking geographical patterns of morphological, genetic, and environmental variation in wall lizards (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Parahelicops, Pararhabdophis, paraphyly : phylogenetic relationships among certain Southeast Asian natricine snakes (Hebius). (American Museum novitates)
  • Paleoneuroanatomy of the aetosaur Neoaetosauroides engaeus (Archosauria: Pseudosuchia) and its paleobiological implications among archosauriforms (PeerJ)
  • Osteology of the first skull of Aetosauroides scagliai Casamiquela 1960 (Archosauria: Aetosauria) from the Upper Triassic of southern Brazil (Hyperodapedon Assemblage Zone) and its phylogenetic importance (PLOS ONE)
  • A new nodosaurid ankylosaur (Dinosauria: Thyreophora) from the Upper Cretaceous Menefee Formation of New Mexico (PeerJ)
  • The distinctive theropod assemblage of the Ellisdale site of New Jersey and its implications for North American dinosaur ecology and evolution during the Cretaceous (Journal of Paleontology)
  • An Intermediate Incubation Period and Primitive Brooding in a Theropod Dinosaur (Scientific Reports)
  • A photo documentation of bipedal ornithischian dinosaurs from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation, USA (Geology of the Intermountain West)
  • Two Early Cretaceous Fossils Document Transitional Stages in Alvarezsaurian Dinosaur Evolution (Current Biology)
  • The First Discovery of the Easternmost Jehol Biota from Southeastern Jilin, China (Acta Geologica Sinica)
  • Allqokirus australis (Sparassodonta, Metatheria) from the early Palaeocene of Tiupampa (Bolivia) and the rise of the metatherian carnivorous radiation in South America (Geodiversitas)
  • Morphology and evolution of sesamoid elements in bats (Mammalia, Chiroptera) (American Museum novitates)
  • Climate-driven ecological stability as a globally shared cause of Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions: the Plaids and Stripes Hypothesis (Biological Reviews)
  • Geomorphological evidence of large vertebrates interacting with the seafloor at abyssal depths in a region designated for deep-sea mining (RSOS)
  • Fossil lemurs from Egypt and Kenya suggest an African origin for Madagascar’s aye-aye (Nature Communications)
  • Manual restrictions on Palaeolithic technological behaviours (PeerJ)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Global cooling & the rise of modern grasslands: Revealing cause & effect of environmental change on insect diversification dynamics (bioRXiv)
  • Crustaceans in cold seep ecosystems: fossil record, geographic distribution, taxonomic composition, and biology (PaleorXiv)
  • Morphological evolution of the skull roof in extinct temnospondyl amphibians mirrors conservative ontogenetic patterns (PaleorXiv)
  • A Reassessment of the Taxonomic Position of Mesosaurs Based on Two Data Matrices (bioRXiv)

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)
  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)


News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:

  • Conflicts didn’t kill me, but made me stronger (PLOS ECR Community)
  • A timescale for the origin and evolution of all of life on Earth (Link)
  • Creating a High-Resolution Biostratigraphy (Time Scavengers)
  • The state of the art in peer review (GTV)

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Acadia National Park Geology (Time Scavengers)
  • Dinosaurs in the Wild (Raptormaniacs)
  • Prehistoric Beast Visits The Last American Dinosaurs at the National Museum (PBW)

Arts, 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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