Fossil Friday Roundup: November 2, 2018

Featured Image: Tomographic renderings of endoskeletal anatomy of †Saurichthys sp. (NHMD_157546_A), right lateral (mirrored) view. From Argyriou et al. (2018). CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Colorado Plateau Coring Project, Phase I (CPCP-I): a continuously cored, globally exportable chronology of Triassic continental environmental change from western North America (Scientific Drilling)
  • Highly bioavailable dust-borne iron delivered to the Southern Ocean during glacial periods (PNAS)
  • Future-proofing the Cenozoic macroperforate planktonic foraminifera phylogeny of Aze & others (2011) (PLOS ONE)
  • Support for a clade of Placozoa and Cnidaria in genes with minimal compositional bias (eLife)
  • Indirect effects of climate change altered the cannibalistic behaviour of shell-drilling gastropods in Antarctica during the Eocene (RSOS)
  • A giant mite in Cretaceous Burmese amber (Fossil Record)
  • Tarimspira from the Cambrian (Series 2, Stage 4) of Laurentia (Greenland): extending the skeletal record of paraconodontid vertebrates (Journal of Paleontology)
  • A new Miocene skate from the Central Paratethys (Upper Austria): the first unambiguous skeletal record for the Rajiformes (Chondrichthyes: Batomorphii) (Journal of Systematic Paleontology)
  • Internal cranial anatomy of Early Triassic species of †Saurichthys (Actinopterygii: †Saurichthyiformes): implications for the phylogenetic placement of †saurichthyiforms (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Prionochelys matutina Zangerl, 1953 (Testudines: Pan-Cheloniidae) from the Late Cretaceous of the United States and the evolution of epithecal ossifications in marine turtles (PeerJ)
  • Soft-bodied fossil of a lizard from the Parachute Creek Member, Green River Formation (Eocene), Utah (Geology of the Intermountain West)
  • New sauropodomorph and cynodont remains from the Late Triassic Sacisaurus site in southern Brazil and its stratigraphic position in the Norian Caturrita Formation (APP)
  • Considerations on the replacement of a type species in the case of the sauropod dinosaur Diplodocus Marsh, 1878 (Geology of the Intermountain West)
  • Complex overlapping joints between facial bones allowing limited anterior sliding movements of the snout in diplodocid sauropods. (American Museum novitates)
  • A new rebbachisaurid sauropod from the Aptian–Albian, Lower Cretaceous Rayoso Formation, Neuquén, Argentina (APP)
  • Ontogeny and taxonomy of the hadrosaur (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) remains from Basturs Poble bonebed (late early Maastrichtian, Tremp Syncline, Spain) (PLOS ONE)
  • New dinosaur egg material from Yunxian, Hubei Province, China resolves the classification of dendroolithid eggs (APP)
  • Cancellous bone and theropod dinosaur locomotion. Part I—an examination of cancellous bone architecture in the hindlimb bones of theropods (PeerJ)
  • Cancellous bone and theropod dinosaur locomotion. Part II—a new approach to inferring posture and locomotor biomechanics in extinct tetrapod vertebrates (PeerJ)
  • Cancellous bone and theropod dinosaur locomotion. Part III—Inferring posture and locomotor biomechanics in extinct theropods, and its evolution on the line to birds (PeerJ)
  • Large-sized theropod Spinosaurus: an important component of the carnivorous dinosaur fauna in southern continents during the Cretaceous (Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France)
  • Dinosaur behaviour in an Early Jurassic palaeoecosystem – uppermost Elliot Formation, Ha Nohana, Lesotho (Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae)
  • Nocturnal giants: evolution of the sensory ecology in elephant birds and other palaeognaths inferred from digital brain reconstructions (ProcB)
  • Elaborate plumage patterning in a Cretaceous bird (PeerJ)
  • Physiological constraint on acrobatic courtship behavior underlies rapid sympatric speciation in bearded manakins (eLife)
  • Do subterranean mammals use the Earth’s magnetic field as a heading indicator to dig straight tunnels? (PeerJ)
  • First occurrence of Duboisia (Bovidae, Artiodactyla, Mammalia) from Thailand (Fossil Record)
  • Confirmation of arboreal habits in Dromiciops gliroides: a key role in Chilean Temperate Rainforests (Ecosphere)
  • Disentangling isolated dental remains of Asian Pleistocene hominins and pongines (PLOS ONE)
  • 3D virtual reconstruction of the Kebara 2 Neandertal thorax (Nature Communications)
  • Wintertime stress, nursing, and lead exposure in Neanderthal children (Science Advances)
  • Hominoid intraspecific cranial variation mirrors neutral genetic diversity (PNAS)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Climatic and ecological history of Pantepui and surrounding areas with biogeographical and evolutionary considerations (PaleorXiv)
  • Explanation for Delayed Recovery of Species Diversity Following the End Cretaceous Mass Extinction (PaleorXiv)
  • Osteohistology of the hadrosauroid (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from Labirinta cave, Bulgaria: An example of insular dwarfism or simply young giant? (PaleorXiv)
  • Ecological persistence, incumbency and reorganization in the Karoo Basin during the Permian-Triassic transition (PaleorXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 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)


News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Tiny beetle trapped in amber might show how landmasses shifted (Link)
  • Where Did Fish First Evolve? The Answer May Be Shallow (NY Times)
  • It’s a Hard-Knock Life for an Ichthyosaur (PLOS Paleo)
  • Caelestiventus: Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • Dinosaurs Had Birdlike Lungs (Laelaps)
  • Dinosaurs put all colored birds’ eggs in one basket, evolutionarily speaking (Link)
  • Fossil Friday – juvenile hadrosaur jaw (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Your Friends The Titanosaurs, part 5: Argyrosaurus, Atacamatitan, and Atsinganosaurus (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Bitten Bone a Sign of a Cretaceous Snack (Laelaps)
  • Miocene (Pt 10): The Beasts with Three Horns (Synapsida)
  • Earliest hominin migrations into the Arabian Peninsula required no novel adaptations (link)

Methods and Musings:

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

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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