Fossil Friday Roundup: September 7, 2018

Featured Image: Metaceratodus ellioti teeth, Kemp, QM F14971 (Photo: Rodney Berrell). From Fletcher et al. (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Episodic Sedimentary Evolution of an Alluvial Fan (Huangshui Catchment, NE Tibetan Plateau) (Quaternary)
  • The palaeoenvironment of the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian–Turonian) portion of the Winton Formation, Queensland, Australia (PeerJ)
  • Discussion meeting issue ‘Hyperthermals: rapid and extreme global warming in our geological past’ compiled and edited by Gavin L. Foster, Pincelli Hull, Daniel J. Lunt and James C. Zachos (ProcA)
  • Middle Holocene plant cultivation on the Atlantic Forest coast of Brazil? (RSOS)
  • Sixty-one thousand recent planktonic foraminifera from the Atlantic Ocean (Scientific Data)
  • A new evidence of passing the Maastichtian–Paleocene boundary by larger benthic foraminifers: The case of Elazigina from the Maastrichtian Tarbur Formation of Iran (APP)
  • Little lasting impact of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum on shallow marine molluscan faunas (Science Advances)
  • Middle-Late Triassic insect radiation revealed by diverse fossils and isotopic ages from China (Science Advances)
  • The first Caipirasuchus (Mesoeucrocodylia, Notosuchia) from the Late Cretaceous of Minas Gerais, Brazil: new insights on sphagesaurid anatomy and taxonomy (PeerJ)
  • Origin and hidden diversity within the poorly known Galápagos snake radiation (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) (SysBio)
  • But they move! Vicariance and dispersal in southern South America: Using two methods to reconstruct the biogeography of a clade of lizards endemic to South America (PLOS ONE)
  • A Comparison of the Dinosaur Communities from the Middle Jurassic of the Cleveland (Yorkshire) and Hebrides (Skye) Basins, Based on Their Ichnites (Geosciences)
  • Morphology of the petrosal and stapes of Borealestes (Mammaliaformes, Docodonta) from the Middle Jurassic of Skye, Scotland (Papers in Palaeontology)
  • Carcharocles-bitten odontocete caudal vertebrae from the Coastal Eastern United States (APP)
  • Synopsis of the terrestrial vertebrate faunas from the Middle Kura Basin (Eastern Georgia and Western Azerbaijan, South Caucasus) (APP)
  • Early Holocene morphological variation in hunter-gatherer hands and feet (PeerJ)
  • Comparing apples and oranges: Why infant bone collagen may not reflect dietary intake in the same way as dentine collagen (PeerJ)
  • Thank you to our authors, reviewers, and readers (Communications Biology)
  • The overkill model and its impact on environmental research (Ecology and Evolution)
  • Dynamic structure and composition of bone investigated by nanoscale infrared spectroscopy (PLOS ONE)
  • Allometry predicts trabecular bone structural properties in the carnivoran jaw joint (PLOS ONE)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • A forefin of Leptonectes solei from the Lower Jurassic (Pliensbachian) of Dorset, UK (PaleorXiv)
  • Refining the interpretation of oxygen isotope variability in free-swimming organisms (PaleorXiv)
  • The first definite record of a Valanginian ichthyosaur and its implications on the evolution of post-Liassic Ichthyosauria (PaleorXiv)
  • A new Barremian (Early Cretaceous) ichthyosaur from western Russia (PaleorXiv)
  • The multi-peak adaptive landscape of crocodylomorph body size evolution (BioRXiv)
  • New cheloniellid arthropod with large raptorial appendages from the Silurian of Wisconsin, USA (BioRXiv)
  • Assessing alignment-based taxonomic classification of ancient microbial DNA (PeerJ)
  • Palaeobiological inferences based on long bone epiphyseal and diaphyseal structure – the forelimb of xenarthrans (Mammalia) (BioRXiv)
  • Reversing Time Averaging and Reconstructing Extinction Rates with Approaches from Image Processing (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:

  • Full comments about ‘Plan S’ and the future of Open Access in Europe (GTV)
  • I’m Moving…To a New Website! (SWSMLB)
  • 400th Synapsida (Synapsida)
  • Do we need an Open Science coalition? (GTV)
  • Rethinking Living Fossils (Extinct)
  • This Mesozoic Month (LITC)
  • Want to succeed in research? Passion is key! (PLOS ECR Community)

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

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.

2 thoughts on “Fossil Friday Roundup: September 7, 2018

  1. Need to note recent publications of Geology of the Intermountain West by Utah Geological Association. Lots of important open source paleo-papers.


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