Fossil Friday Roundup: October 12, 2018

Featured Image: Articulated holotype left pes of Sarahsaurus aurifontanalis. From Marsh and Rowe (2018). CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • History is written by the victors: The effect of the push of the past on the fossil record (Evolution)
  • Applications of chemical imaging techniques in paleontology (NSR)
  • Redox-dependent niche differentiation provides evidence for multiple bacterial sources of glycerol tetraether lipids in lakes (PNAS)
  • Palynostratigraphy of the Permian Faraghan Formation in the Zagros Basin, southern Iran (RIPS)
  • First tropical American species of the “relict” genus Litoleptis, and relationships in Spaniinae (Diptera, Rhagionidae). (American Museum novitates)
  • Partial homologies between sleep states in lizards, mammals, and birds suggest a complex evolution of sleep states in amniotes (PLOS Biology)
  • Separating sexual dimorphism from other morphological variation in a specimen complex of fossil marine reptiles (Reptilia, Ichthyosauriformes, Chaohusaurus) (Scientific Reports)
  • A new specimen of Palvennia hoybergeti: implications for cranial and pectoral girdle anatomy in ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaurs (PeerJ)
  • Anatomy and systematics of the sauropodomorph Sarahsaurus aurifontanalis from the Early Jurassic Kayenta Formation (PLOS ONE)
  • The Smallest Diplodocid Skull Reveals Cranial Ontogeny and Growth-Related Dietary Changes in the Largest Dinosaurs (Scientific Reports)
  • Bite marks on the frill of a juvenile Centrosaurus from the Late Cretaceous Dinosaur Provincial Park Formation, Alberta, Canada (PeerJ)
  • A new tyrannosaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Upper Cretaceous Menefee Formation of New Mexico (PeerJ)
  • Oldest skeleton of a fossil flying squirrel casts new light on the phylogeny of the group (eLife)
  • A late surviving Pliocene seal from high latitudes of the North Atlantic realm: the latest monachine seal on the southern margin of the North Sea (PeerJ)
  • A new tuskless walrus from the Miocene of Orange County, California, with comments on the diversity and taxonomy of odobenids (PeerJ)
  • 90,000 year-old specialised bone technology in the Aterian Middle Stone Age of North Africa (PLOS ONE)
  • New evidence of megafaunal bone damage indicates late colonization of Madagascar (PLOS ONE)
  • The MIS5 Pietersburg at ‘28’ Bushman Rock Shelter, Limpopo Province, South Africa (PLOS ONE)
  • Proof of concept study: Testing human volatile organic compounds as tools for age classification of films (PLOS ONE)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Absence of general rules governing molluscan body-size response to climatic fluctuation during Cenozoic (bioRXiv)
  • Interpreting character variation in turtles: Araripemys barretoi (Pleurodira: Pelomedusoides) from the Araripe Basin, Early Cretaceous of Northeastern Brazil (PeerJ)
  • Phylogenetic non-independence in rates of trait evolution (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)



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

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:

  • Take Your Social Media to Work Day (PLOS Ecology Community)
  • The latest in the Elsevier and Open Science Monitor saga (GTV)
  • Episode 45 – The Permian Extinction (Common Descent)
  • Bringing Fossils into the Digital Age: Using photogrammetry methods to better study, share and interpret NPS paleontological resources (Link)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Odds and ends: Book reviews, October 2018 (Sympan)
  • Behold the SummonEngh! (Archosaur Musings)
  • #MikeTaylorAwesomeDinoArt at TetZooCon 2018 (SVPOW)


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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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