Fossil Friday Roundup: December 7, 2018

Featured Image: The skull of Eretmochelys imbricata in four types of digital representation. From Raselli (2018). CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Rapid microevolution during recent range expansion to harsh environments (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Raman and infrared spectroscopy investigation of the root fossil (rhizoliths) from the Carboniferous period, Piauí Formation, Parnaíba Sedimentary Basin, Northeast Brazil (Vibrational Spectroscopy)
  • The coastal North Pacific: Origins and history of a dominant marine biota (Journal of Biogeography)
  • Molecular palaeontology illuminates the evolution of ecdysozoan vision (ProcB)
  • Re-description of Grammapsychops lebedevi Martynova, 1954 (Neuroptera: Psychopsidae) with notes on the Late Cretaceous psychopsoids (Zootaxa)
  • Fossilized gut of the trilobite Lioparia bassleri and the distribution of exceptional preservation in the Cambrian Stage 4–Drumian Manto Formation of North China (Bulletin of Geosciences)
  • Teller’s operculum; revising a rare operculate gastropod from the Silurian of Wisconsin (Laurentia) (Bulletin of Geosciences)
  • Nautiloid cephalopods from the Rickard Hill facies of the Saugerties Member of the Schoharie Formation, eastern New York, USA (late Emsian, Devonian): A case study in taphonomy from glacial erratics (PalaeoE)
  • Reappraisal of the Eocene whiptail stingrays (Myliobatiformes, Dasyatidae) of the Bolca Lagerstätte, Italy (Zoologica Scripta)
  • New insights into the morphology of the Carboniferous tetrapod Crassigyrinus scoticus from computed tomography (EESTRSE)
  • Physical and environmental drivers of Paleozoic tetrapod dispersal across Pangaea (Nature Communications)
  • Comparative cranial morphology of the Late Cretaceous protostegid sea turtle Desmatochelys lowii (PeerJ)
  • Macroevolution of sexual size dimorphism and reproduction-related phenotypic traits in lizards of the Chaco Domain (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Revision of Varanus marathonensis (Squamata, Varanidae) based on historical and new material: morphology, systematics, and paleobiogeography of the European monitor lizards (PLOS ONE)
  • A new occurrence of the Late Triassic archosaur Smok in southern Poland (APP)
  • Ornithopod diversity in the Griman Creek Formation (Cenomanian), New South Wales, Australia (PeerJ)
  • Are endocasts good proxies for brain size and shape in archosaurs throughout ontogeny? (Journal of Anatomy)
  • Melanosome diversity and convergence in the evolution of iridescent avian feathers—Implications for paleocolor reconstruction (Evolution)
  • Medullary bone in an Early Cretaceous enantiornithine bird and discussion regarding its identification in fossils (Nature Communications)
  • New prehistoric avifaunas from the Gambier Group, French Polynesia (PalaeoE)
  • Exploring the hybrid speciation continuum in birds (Ecology and Evolution)
  • Close-range photogrammetry of the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation, Emery County, Utah (Geology of the Intermountain West)
  • Tufamyidae, a new family of hystricognath rodents from the Palaeogene and Neogene of the Sperrgebiet, Namibia (Communications of the Geological Survey of Namibia)
  • Characterising the zegdoumyid rodent Tsaukhaebmys from the Ypresian/Lutetian of Black Crow, Namibia (Communications of the Geological Survey of Namibia)
  • Diamantochloris mandible from the Ypresian/Lutetian of Namibia (Communications of the Geological Survey of Namibia)
  • Propalaeoryx Stromer 1926 (Ruminantia, Pecora, Giraffomorpha) revisited: systematics and phylogeny of an African palaeomerycoid (Communications of the Geological Survey of Namibia)
  • Preliminary phylogenetic analysis of the Tragulidae (Mammalia, Cetartiodactyla, Ruminantia) from Arrisdrift: implications for the African Miocene tragulids (Communications of the Geological Survey of Namibia)
  • First record of Equus neogeus from the Abaucán River (Catamarca, Argentina) (Estudios Geológicos)
  • A mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius Blumenbach 1799, Proboscidea) calf tooth from the Mousterian of Arbreda Cave (Serinyá, NE Iberian Peninsula) (Estudios Geológicos)
  • Review the high frequencies of the inca bone in East Asian hominins (Quaternary Sciences)
  • Identifying animal taxa used to manufacture bone tools during the Middle Stone Age at Sibudu, South Africa: Results of a CT-rendered histological analysis (PLOS ONE)
  • 1.9-million- and 2.4-million-year-old artifacts and stone tool–cutmarked bones from Ain Boucherit, Algeria (Science)
  • The multiple maternal legacy of the Late Iron Age group of Urville-Nacqueville (France, Normandy) documents a long-standing genetic contact zone in northwestern France (PLOS ONE)
  • The preeminence of ethnic diversity in scientific collaboration (Nature Communications)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • AGU 2018 Poster: Long-Term Recovery of Life in the Chicxulub Crater (PaleorXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
  • Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists, March 15–17, 2019, University of Oregon (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Exclusive: Sparkly, opal-filled fossils reveal new dinosaur species (NatGeo)
  • Apatosaurus is — still — Just Plain Wrong (SVPOW)
  • Munching and Migrating Megabeasts: Sauropod teeth illuminate migration patterns between Europe and Africa (PLOS Paleo)
  • How brains, not brawn, helped the Tyrannosaur become king (Link)
  • The most complete enantiornithine bird fossil from North America: “The stuff of legend to those in the paleo-ornithology community” (PeerJ Blog)
  • Not the Pig Family: Fossil Peccaries and More (Synapsida)
  • What half a pig head looks like (SVPOW)

Methods and Musings:

  • Philosophical Metaphor & Philosophical Analysis (Extinct)
  • Episode 49 – Fake Fossils (Common Descent)
  • Why I don’t want to move country (Musings of a Clumsy Palaeontologist)
  • China backs bold plan to tear down journal paywalls (Link)
  • Our presentations are up at the 1st Palaeo Virtual Congress (SVPOW)
  • Biggest extinction in Earth’s history caused by global warming leaving ocean animals gasping for breath (Link)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

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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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