Fossil Friday Roundup: January 11, 2019

Featured Image:Hoplitaspis hiawathai, From Lamsdell et al. (2019).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • A 900-year New England temperature reconstruction from in situ seasonally produced branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (brGDGTs) (Climate of the Past)
  • Correlation of the Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary sequences in the sections of West Srednogorie, Bulgaria, based on micro- and macrofossil data and sea level changes (Bulgarian Geol. Soc.)
  • Exceptionally well-preserved Early Cretaceous leaves of Nilssoniopteris from central Mongolia (Acta Palaeobotanica)
  • Bioclimatic modeling in the Last Glacial Maximum, Mid-Holocene and facing future climatic changes in the strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo L.) (PLOS ONE)
  • New species of osmundaceous fertile leaves from the upper Triassic of Argentina (Acta Palaeobotanica)
  • New records of Tyronia (Gastropoda, Cochliopidae) from the Mio-Pliocens Solimões Formation (RBP)
  • Inferring ancestral range reconstruction based on trilobite records: a study-case on Metacryphaeus (Phacopida, Calmoniidae) (Scientific Reports)
  • A common arthropod from the Late Ordovician Big Hill Lagerstätte (Michigan) reveals an unexpected ecological diversity within Chasmataspidida (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • New fossil representative of the genus Helius (Diptera, Limoniidae) from the little known and newly discovered locality Caergen Village of northeastern Tibetan Plateau (China) (PalaeoE)
  • “Palaeoentomology”: A modern journal for a science dealing with the past (Palaeoentomology)
  • A new species of the extinct family Procercopidae (Hemiptera: Cercopoidea) from the Jurassic of northeastern China (Palaeoentomology)
  • Live fast, diversify non-adaptively: evolutionary diversification of exceptionally short-lived annual killifishes (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • On a remarkable new species of Tharsis, a Late Jurassic teleostean fish from southern Germany: its morphology and phylogenetic relationships (Fossil Record)
  • Extreme and rapid bursts of functional adaptations shape bite force in amniotes (ProcB)
  • Influence of substrate types and morphological traits on movement behavior in a toad and newt species (PeerJ)
  • Phylogeny of Paleozoic limbed vertebrates reassessed through revision and expansion of the largest published relevant data matrix (PeerJ)
  • Biesiespoort revisited: a case study on the relationship between tetrapod assemblage zones and Beaufort lithostratigraphy south of Victoria West (Paleontological africana)
  • Lithophagy Prolongs Voluntary Dives in American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) (IOB)
  • Rib Motions Don’t Completely Hinge on Joint Design: Costal Joint Anatomy and Ventilatory Kinematics in a Teiid Lizard, Salvator merianae (IOB)
  • Things are not always as they seem: High-resolution X-ray CT scanning reveals
    the first resin-embedded miniature gecko of the genus Ebenavia (Bonn Zool. Bull.)
  • Pectoral myology of limb-reduced worm lizards (Squamata, Amphisbaenia) suggests decoupling of the musculoskeletal system during the evolution of body elongation (BMC Evol Biol)
  • Descriptive anatomy of the largest known specimen of Protoichthyosaurus prostaxalis (Reptilia: Ichthyosauria) including computed tomography and digital reconstruction of a three-dimensional skull (PeerJ)
  • Congenital and late onset vertebral fusions in long necked plesiosaurs: The first report of spondylosis deformans in Sauropterygians (PalaeoE)
  • Late Cretaceous dinosaur remains and other tetrapod fauna from the vicinity of Tran town (Western Srednogorie) (Review of the Bulgarian Geological Society)
  • An Inventory of non-avian dinosaurs from National Park Service areas (NMMNHS Bulletin)
  • New type of dinosaur eggs from Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, China and a revision of Dongyangoolithus nanmaensis (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)
  • The first Stalicoolithus shifengensis discovered in a clutch from the Sanshui Basin, Guangdong Province (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)
  • A sauropod-dominated tracksite from Rubha nam Brathairean (Brothers’ Point), Isle of Skye, Scotland (Scottish J Geol.)
  • A new zygodactylid species indicates the persistence of stem passerines into the early Oligocene in North America (BMC Evol. Biol.)
  • First record of a macroraptorial sperm whale (Cetacea, Physeteroidea) from the Miocene of Argentina (RBP)
  • Stomach contents of the archaeocete Basilosaurus isis: Apex predator in oceans of the late Eocene (PLOS ONE)
  • Carnivoran hunting style and phylogeny reflected in bony labyrinth morphometry (Scientific Reports)
  • Development and applications of paleontological computed tomography (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)


  • Speciation rates of subviral pathogens of angiosperms abruptly decreased at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary (PeerJ)
  • A biologically driven directional change in susceptibility to global-scale glaciation during the Precambrian-Cambrian transition (bioRXiv)
  • Ecological causes of uneven diversification and richness in the mammal tree of life (bioRXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • DinoFest 2019, January 26–27, 2019, Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (Link)
  • PaleoFest, March 2–3, 2019, Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, Illinois (Link)
  • 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:

  • New (Extinct) Maniraptors of 2018 (Raptormaniacs)
  • The Dinosaur Who Went out to Sea (Laelaps)
  • Fossil Friday – hadrosaur metatarsal (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Things to Make and Do, Part 25b: what to do with your bird vertebrae (SVPOW)
  • Ancient killer whale snacked on fish, sharks, and…other whales (PLOS Paleo)

Methods and Musings:

  • Triassic Park is Temporarily Closed: What Happens at Petrified Forest During a Government Shutdown (Chinleana)
  • Skype a Scientist (Time Scavengers)
  • SYMPAN Christmas Cards 2017 & 2018 – What we know (and don’t know) about the origin of placental mammals, part I: A brief history of placental systematics (Sympan)
  • Name game (TemnoTalk)

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Book review – Lamarck’s Revenge: How Epigenetics Is Revolutionizing Our Understanding of Evolution’s Past and Present (This Inquisitive Biologist)

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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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