Fossil Friday Roundup: October 5, 2018

Featured Image: Homo antecessor molars, from Martín-Francés et al. (2018). CC-BY

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Synchrotron and Neutron Tomography of Paleontological Objects on the Facilities of the Kurchatov Institute (Journal of Imaging)
  • Stepwise oxygenation of the Paleozoic atmosphere (Nature Communications)
  • The Sirius Passet Lagerstätte of North Greenland—A geochemical window on early Cambrian low-oxygen environments and ecosystems (Geobiology)
  • Palaeocene–Eocene carbon isotopic excursion from the shallow-marine-carbonate sequence of northeast India: Implications on the CIE magnitude and geometry (Journal of Earth System Science)
  • Coupled microbial bloom and oxygenation decline recorded by magnetofossils during the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (Nature Communications)
  • The other biodiversity record: Innovations in animal-substrate interactions through geologic time (GSA Today)
  • River Systems and the Anthropocene: A Late Pleistocene and Holocene Timeline for Human Influence (Quaternary)
  • Can secondary contact following range expansion be distinguished from barriers to gene flow? (PeerJ)
  • Ediacaran scavenging as a prelude to predation (Emerging Topics in Life Science)
  • Developmental studies provide new insights into the evolution of sense organs in Sabellariidae (Annelida) (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Anamorphic development and extended parental care in a 520 million-year-old stem-group euarthropod from China (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • A new species of Dignomus Wollaston (Coleoptera: Ptinidae) from Eocene Baltic amber (Zootaxa)
  • Environmental distribution of post-Palaeozoic crinoids from the Iberian and south-Pyrenean basins, NE Spain (APP)
  • A fish and tetrapod fauna from Romer’s Gap preserved in Scottish Tournaisian floodplain deposits (Palaeontology)
  • Neogene Paratethyan croakers (Teleostei, Scienidae) (RIPS)
  • Osteology of a forelimb of an aetosaur Stagonolepis olenkae (Archosauria: Pseudosuchia: Aetosauria) from the Krasiejów locality in Poland and its probable adaptations for a scratch-digging behavior (PeerJ)
  • Archosauromorph extinction selectivity across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary (Palaeontology)
  • The turtles from the upper Eocene, Osona County (Ebro Basin, Catalonia, Spain): new material and its faunistic and environmental context (Fossil Record)
  • large-sized basal ankylopollexian from East Asia, shedding light on early biogeographic history of Iguanodontia (Science Bulletin)
  • X-ray computed tomography (XCT) and chemical analysis (EDX and XRF) used in conjunction for cultural conservation: the case of the earliest scientifically described dinosaur Megalosaurus bucklandii (Heritage Science)
  • Biological inclusions in amber from the Paleogene Chickaloon Formation of Alaska (American Museum novitates)
  • Morphological adaptations for relatively larger brains in hummingbird skulls (Ecology and Evolution)
  • Trace fossils and fluvial-lacustrine ichnofacies of the Eocene Uinta and Duchesne River Formations, northern Uinta Basin, Utah (Geology of the Intermountain West)
  • A Review of locomotor diversity in mammals with analyses exploring the influence of substrate use, body mass and intermembral index in primates (Journal of Zoology)
  • Evolutionary history of the endemic water shrew Neomys anomalus: Recurrent phylogeographic patterns in semi‐aquatic mammals of the Iberian Peninsula (Ecology and Evolution)
  • Oldest ctenodactyloid tarsals from the Eocene of China and evolution of locomotor adaptations in early rodents (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Looking for the key to preservation of fossil marine vertebrates in the Pisco Formation of Peru: new insights from a small dolphin skeleton (Andean Geology)
  • Distinct Predatory Behaviors in Scimitar- and Dirk-Toothed Sabertooth Cats (Current Biology)
  • Two medium-sized deinotheres (Proboscidea: Mammalia) from the Miocene rocks of Eastern Carpathians Foreland (Romania) (Geological Quarterly)
  • Tooth crown tissue proportions and enamel thickness in Early Pleistocene Homo antecessor molars (Atapuerca, Spain) (PLOS ONE)
  • The Middle Pleistocene (MIS 12) human dental remains from Fontana Ranuccio (Latium) and Visogliano (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Italy. A comparative high resolution endostructural assessment (PLOS ONE)
  • Maternal genetic features of the Iron Age Tagar population from Southern Siberia (1st millennium BC) (PLOS ONE)
  • Molecular archaeoparasitology identifies cultural changes in the Medieval Hanseatic trading centre of Lübeck (ProcB)
  • Predicting academic career outcomes by predoctoral publication record (PeerJ)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

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)



  • Help take Open Science to the next level – become a PeerJ Ambassador (PeerJ)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Where did broadleaved evergreen trees survive during the last glacial period in Japan? (Link)
  • Favorite Maniraptor of 2017 Results (Raptormaniacs)
  • Ledumahadi mafube (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Fossil Friday – hadrosaur jacket update (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • New Titleholder for the Largest Bird of All Time (Laelaps)
  • Following in the Steps of a Peculiar Protomammal (Laelaps)
  • Lions in the Carpathians (Synapsida)

Methods and Musings:

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • You have been summoned! Announcing the SummonENGH 2018 Paleoart Contest (SVPOW)
  • Vintage Dinosaur Art: My Favorite Dinosaurs – Part 2 (LITC)
  • Predentaries: A Poem (An Anatomist’s Guide)
  • When Dinosaurs Attac (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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