Fossil Friday Roundup: September 28, 2018

Featured Image: Pachycormus from Strawberry Bank. Right lateral view of BRLSI M1297. From Cawley et al. (2018). CC-BY

Papers (All Open Access):

  • A centuries-long delay between a paleo-ice-shelf collapse and grounding-line retreat in the Whales Deep Basin, eastern Ross Sea, Antarctica (Scientific Reports)
  • Genus Pronephrium Presl 1851 (Thelypteridaceae) in Romania (Journal of Palaeogeography)
  • A new fossil assemblage shows that large angiosperm trees grew in North America by the Turonian (Late Cretaceous) (Science Advances)
  • A new pollen classification of Chenopodiaceae for exploring and tracing desert vegetation evolution in the eastern central Asia (Journal of Systematics and Evolution
  • Occurrence of Brachyoxylon Hollick et Jeffrey from the Lower Cretaceous of Zhejiang Province, southeastern China (Journal of Palaeogeography)
  • The evolution of fruit colour: phylogeny, abiotic factors and the role of mutualists (Scientific Reports)
  • A Cambrian unarmoured lobopodian, †Lenisambulatrix humboldti gen. et sp. nov., compared with new material of †Diania cactiformis (Scientific Reports)
  • The Oligocene mollusc types of Gaetano Rovereto from Santa Giustina and Sassello (NW Italy) (Carnets Geol.)
  • New mud dragons from Svalbard: three new species of Cristaphyes and the first Arctic species of Pycnophyes (Kinorhyncha: Allomalorhagida: Pycnophyidae) (PeerJ)
  • A new species of Globicornis Latreille (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) from Baltic amber, with a key to fossil species (Zootaxa)
  • Emergence and early radiation of cyrtocrinids, with new species from a Lower to Middle Jurassic rock reef of Feuguerolles (Normandy, France) (Swiss Journal of Paleontology)
  • First record of Holothuria (Metriatyla) scabra Jaeger, 1833 (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) from the coastal waters of the United Arab Emirates (PeerJ)
  • The stem group teleost Pachycormus (Pachycormiformes: Pachycormidae) from the Upper Lias (Lower Jurassic) of Strawberry Bank, UK (PalZ)
  • A Giant Dinosaur from the Earliest Jurassic of South Africa and the Transition to Quadrupedality in Early Sauropodomorphs (Current Biology)
  • First occurrence of Parksosauridae in Mexico, from the Cerro del Pueblo Formation (Late Cretaceous; late Campanian) at Las Águilas, Coahuila (Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana)
  • Exceptional dinosaur fossils reveal early origin of avian-style digestion (Scientific Reports)
  • Lower Cretaceous sauropod trackways from Lishui City and an overview of dinosaur dominated track assemblages from Zhejiang Province, China (Journal of Palaeogeography)
  • Unexpected diversity within the extinct elephant birds (Aves: Aepyornithidae) and a new identity for the world’s largest bird (RSOS)
  • Size dimorphism and sexual segregation in pheasants: tests of three competing hypotheses (PeerJ)
  • Identifying Past Remains of Morphologically Similar Vole Species Using Molar Shapes (Quaternary)
  • New Insights into the LGM and LG in Southern France (Vaucluse): The Mustelids, Micromammals and Horses from Coulet des Roches (Quaternary)
  • Dietary niches of terrestrial cercopithecines from the Plio-Pleistocene Shungura Formation, Ethiopia: evidence from Dental Microwear Texture Analysis (Scientific Reports)
  • New records of the archaic dolphin Agorophius (Mammalia: Cetacea) from the upper Oligocene Chandler Bridge Formation of South Carolina, USA (PeerJ)
  • Late Miocene proboscideans from Samos Island (Greece) revisited: new specimens from old collections (PalZ)
  • Diet and species-specific oxygen isotope relationship and isotope spacing between structural carbonate and phosphate in archaeology mammalian bones (Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences)
  • New omomyoids (Euprimates, Mammalia) from the late Uintan of southern California, USA, and the question of the extinction of the Paromomyidae (Plesiadapiformes, Primates) (PalaeoE)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Illustrating phylogenetic placement of fossils using RoguePlots: An example from ichneumonid parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) and an extensive morphological matrix (bioRXiv)
  • A large neosuchian crocodyliform from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) Woodbine Formation of North Texas (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)
  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
    • The 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress: new abstract deadline, and registration payment methods (SVPOW)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)


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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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