Fossil Friday Roundup: January 18, 2019

Featured Image: From Mangano et al. (2018).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Late Cenozoic cooling favored glacial over tectonic controls on sediment supply to the western Gulf of Mexico (Geology)
  • Testate Amoebae in the 407-Million-Year-Old Rhynie Chert (Current Biology)
  • The Jurassic fossil wood diversity from western Liaoning, NE China (J Palaeogeography)
  • Trophic niche breadth of pond zooplankton species using stable isotope analysis and the relationship with the abiotic and biotic factors (RSOS)
  • Trace fossils associated with Burgess Shale non-biomineralized carapaces: bringing taphonomic and ecological controls into focus (RSOS)
  • Late Pleistocene insects from the Dubrovino site at Ob River (West Siberia, Russia) and their paleoenvironmental significance (PalaeoE)
  • A new species of Tipula LINNAEUS, 1758 (Diptera: Tipulidae) from Green River Formation, USA (Acta zoologica cracoviensia)
  • Private parts for private property: evolution of penis size with more valuable, easily stolen shells (RSOS)
  • Neogene Caribbean elasmobranchs: diversity, paleoecology and paleoenvironmental significance of the Cocinetas Basin assemblage (Guajira Peninsula, Colombia) (Biogeosciences)
  • Ocean acidification alters morphology of all otolith types in Clark’s anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii) (PeerJ)
  • The sinemydid turtle Ordosemys from the Lower Cretaceous Mengyin Formation of Shandong, China and its implication for the age of the Luohandong Formation of the Ordos Basin (PeerJ)
  • Variation in Morphology and Kinematics Underlies Variation in Swimming Stability and Turning Performance in Freshwater Turtles (IOB)
  • Microstructure of scales in selected lizard species (Saudi J Biol Sci)
  • Cranial osteology of Beipiaosaurus inexpectus (Theropoda: Therizinosauria) (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)
  • Access to Geosciences – Ways and Means to share and publish collection data (RIO)


  • Comparative biomechanical analysis demonstrates functional convergence between slender-snouted crocodilians and phytosaurs (PeerJ)
  • Trait-based modelling in ecology: lessons from two decades of research (PeerJ)
  • Inferring lifestyle for Aves and Theropoda: a model based on curvatures of extant avian ungual bones (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)

Journal Updates:

  • PeerJ to award excellent science in genomics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, paleontology, microbiology and ecology (PeerJ)
  • Journal of Systematic Palaeontology Editorial (Link)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • How Blood Evolved (Many Time) (PBS Eons)
  • FAU palaeontologists demonstrate that coralline red algae have existed for 300 million years longer than previously presumed (Link)
  • Bumps and lumps: a primer on temnospondyl ornamentation (TemnoTalk)
  • Macrocollum: Prehistoric Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • Pregnant Plesiosaurs and Baby Bones: Bone histology reveals ontogeny in polycotylid plesiosaurs (PLOS Paleo)
  • Episode 52 – Sounds of the Past (Fossil Bioacoustics) (Common Descent)
  • Fossil Friday – Zygolophodon tooth (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • When Humans Were Prey (PBS Eons)

Methods and Musings:

  • Dinosaurs: A Catalyst For Critical Thought (Link)
  • Paleontologist Encourages Critical Thinking on Dinosaurs to Make Better Citizens (Link)
  • AuthorAID – What is open science and why is it important? (GTV)
  • A new venue (Archosaur Musings)
  • Crystal Ball for 2019 (Equatorial Minnesota)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

  • Prehistoric Beast at the Academy of Natural Sciences (PBW)
  • Making The Third Planet (Extinct Monsters)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Vintage Dinosaur Art: Digging for Dinosaurs (LITC)

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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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