Fossil Friday Roundup: January 4, 2019

Featured Image: Lungfish tooth plate, Ballagadus caustrimi 2017.2.67. From Clack et al. (2018).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • An endemic flora of dispersed spores from the Middle Devonian of Iberia (Papers in Paleontology)
  • Quantitative Late Quaternary Climate Reconstruction from Plant Macrofossil Communities in Western North America (Open Quaternary)
  • The phylum Vertebrata: a case for zoological recognition (Zoological Letters)
  • Actinopterygians of the Permian locality Buxieres-Les-Mines (Bourbon-L’archambault Basin, France) and their relationship to other early actinopterygians (Fossil Imprint)
  • A Tournaisian (earliest Carboniferous) conglomerate-preserved non-marine faunal assemblage and its environmental and sedimentological context (PeerJ)
  • Testing the devil’s impact on southern Baltic and North Sea basins whitefish (Coregonus spp.) diversity (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Otolith microchemistry and diadromy in Patagonian river fishes (PeerJ)
  • The role of Central American barriers in shaping the evolutionary history of the northernmost glassfrog, Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni (Anura: Centrolenidae) (PeerJ)
  • Insights into cranial morphology and intraspecific variation from a new subadult specimen of the pan-cheloniid turtle Euclastes wielandi Hay, 1908 (PaleoBios)
  • The existence and evolution of morphotypes in Anolis lizards: coexistence patterns, not adaptive radiations, distinguish mainland and island faunas (PeerJ)
  • Ontogeny of Polycotylid Long Bone Microanatomy and Histology (Integrative Organismal Biology)
  • Phenological analysis of the last glacial vertebrates from the territory of Moravia (The Czech Republic) – Continuity and change in faunistic communities (Fossil Imprint)
  • A reassessment of Prionogale and Namasector (Prionogalidae, Hyaenodonta, Mammalia) with descriptions of new fossils from Napak, Uganda and Koru, Kenya (Communications of the Geological Survey of Namibia)
  • Chlorocyon phantasma, a late Eocene borhyaenoid (Mammalia, Metatheria, Sparassodonta) from the Los Helados locality, Andean Main Range, central Chile. (American Museum novitates)
  • External brain morphology of juvenile cave hyena (Crocuta crocuta spelaea) from the Jasovská jaskyňa Cave (Slovakia) revealed by X-ray computed tomography (Acta Geologica Slovaca)
  • Evidence of congenital block vertebra in Pleistocene Cave Bear (Ursus spelaeus) from Cueva de Guantes (Palencia, Spain) (International Journal of Paleopathology)
  • Paradise lost: Evidence for a devastating metabolic bone disease in an insular Pleistocene deer (International Journal of Paleopathology)
  • The pay-off of hypsodonty – timing and dynamics of crown growth and wear in molars of Soay sheep (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • The skull of young Mammuthus trogontherii (Pohlig, 1885) from the early Middle Pleistocene of the north-eastern Sea of Azov Region (Russian Journal of Theriology)
  • A new elephantoid dental specimen from the Miocene of Kruševac Basin in Central Serbia (Geološki anali Balkanskoga poluostrva)
  • Tracing long-term demographic changes: The issue of spatial scales (PLOS ONE)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists, March 15–17, 2019, University of Oregon (Link)
  • 11th Conference on Fossil Resources, Casper, Wyoming, May 30-June 2, 2019 (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Episode 96: Decapods (Palaeocast)
  • Prehistoric Shark May Have Caught a Dinner on the Wing (Laelaps)
  • Why Megalodon (Definitely) Went Extinct (PBS Eons)
  • The World of Temnospondyls (TemnoTalk)
  • Extinction and the Rise of Dinosaurs – What Will the Microvertebrates Tell Us? (Chinleana)
  • Episode 51 – Mosasaurs (Common Descent)
  • Extinction and the Rise of the Dinosaurs (Laelaps)
  • The Open Access Dinosaurs of 2018 (PLOS Paleo)
  • The Dinosaur Who Went out to Sea (Laelaps)
  • Fossil Friday – grasshopper mouse (Valley of the Mastodon)

Methods and Musings:

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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