Fossil Friday Roundup: January 25, 2019

Featured Image: First nearly complete specimen of the rare hupehsuchian Eretmorhipis carrolldongi (YAGM V 1401). From Cheng et al. (2018).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Neoproterozoic glacial origin of the Great Unconformity (PNAS)
  • The revolution of crossdating in marine palaeoecology and palaeoclimatology (Biology Letters)
  • Burgess Shale fossils shed light on the agnostid problem (ProcB)
  • Caught in the act: priapulid burrowers in early Cambrian substrates (ProcB)
  • A large cockroach from the mesosaur-bearing Konservat-Lagerstätte (Mangrullo Formation), Late Paleozoic of Uruguay (PeerJ)
  • Basal polyphagan beetles in mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar: biogeographic implications and long-term morphological stasis (ProcB)
  • A journey on plate tectonics sheds light on European crayfish phylogeography (Ecology and Evolution)
  • Age and pattern of the southern high-latitude continental end-Permian extinction constrained by multiproxy analysis (Nature Communications)
  • Hagfish from the Cretaceous Tethys Sea and a reconciliation of the morphological–molecular conflict in early vertebrate phylogeny (PNAS)
  • New sharks and other chondrichthyans from the latest Maastrichtian (Late Cretaceous) of North America (Journal of Paleontology)
  • Cabindachanos dartevellei gen. and sp. nov., a new chanid fish (Ostariophysi, Gonorynchiformes) from the marine Paleocene of Cabinda (Central Africa) (Geologica Belgica)
  • Environment and evolutionary history shape phylogenetic turnover in European tetrapods (Nature Communications)
  • Morphological evolution and modularity of the caecilian skull (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • The skull anatomy and cranial endocast of the pseudosuchid archosaur Prestosuchus chiniquensis from the Triassic of Brazil (APP)
  • Early Triassic marine reptile representing the oldest record of unusually small eyes in reptiles indicating non-visual prey detection (Scientific Reports)
  • Evolutionary structure and timing of major habitat shifts in Crocodylomorpha (Scientific Reports)
  • Histological evidence of trauma in tusks of southern African dicynodonts (Palaeontologia africana)
  • The oldest record of Lambeosaurinae in Europe: phylogenetic implications (Fossilia)
  • Histological study of sauropod dinosaur bones from the historic Upper Jurassic Howe Quarry (Wyoming, USA): determination of an age range for every specimen (Fossilia)
  • A turiasaurian sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Wealden Supergroup of the United Kingdom (PeerJ)
  • Digest: Evolution of shape and leverage of bird beaks reflects feeding ecology, but not as strongly as expected (Evolution)
  • Biogeography of Korea’s top predator, the yellow-throated Marten: evolutionary history and population dynamics (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Evolutionary Tinkering of the Mandibular Canal Linked to Convergent Regression of Teeth in Placental Mammals (Current Biology)
  • Shifting faunal baselines through the Quaternary revealed by cave fossils of eastern Australia (PeerJ)
  • The Lowermost Tejo River Terrace at Foz do Enxarrique, Portugal: A Palaeoenvironmental Archive from c. 60–35 ka and Its Implications for the Last Neanderthals in Westernmost Iberia (Quaternary)
  • A Window into Africa’s Past Hydroclimates: The SISAL_v1 Database Contribution (Quaternary)
  • Hominin tracks in southern Africa: a review and an approach to identification (Paleontologica africana)
  • The functional importance of human foot muscles for bipedal locomotion (PNAS)
  • Combining legacy data with new drone and DGPS mapping to identify the provenance of Plio-Pleistocene fossils from Bolt’s Farm, Cradle of Humankind (South Africa) (PeerJ)
  • Limits of long-term selection against Neandertal introgression (PNAS)
  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics in a disturbed world: implications for the maintenance of ecological networks [version 1; referees: 2 approved (F1000 Research)


  • How macroecology affects macroevolution: the interplay between extinction intensity and trait-dependent extinction in brachiopods (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:

  • Fossils discovered at B.C.’s Burgess Shale add branch to tree of life (Link)
  • Revising echinoderm relationships based on new fossil interpretations (Time Scavengers)
  • Idaho State University researchers help create skull of ancient scissor-toothed shark, Edestus (Link)
  • Dating Old Crocs: What Fossil Chemistry Reveals About Earth History (Science Trends)
  • Tiny-headed Triassic Reptile Hunted like a Platypus (Giant Science Lady)
  • Pachyrhinosaurus: Prehistoric Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • Your Friends The Titanosaurs, part 8: Bonitasaura, Borealosaurus, and Brasilotitan (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Did dinosaurs have a second brain to run their back ends? (SVPOW)
  • Birds have balance organs in their butts. Why is no-one talking about this?! (SVPOW)
  • The Raptormaniacs List of Extinct Cenozoic Birds (Raptormaniacs)
  • What we know (and don’t know) about the origin of placental mammals, part II: A primer on Mesozoic eutherians, and the search for the earliest placentals (SYMPAN)
  • Basilosaurus Munched Other Ancient Whales (Laelaps)
  • Murderous Whales of the Eocene Oceans (Synapsida)
  • How pygmy whales were affected by historical climate change (PLOS Paleo)
  • Fossil Friday – fox squirrels and vampire’s disease (Valley of the Mastodon)

Methods and Musings:

  • Outnumbered and Surrounded: Women Working in Male Dominated Research Fields (Link)
  • (Somewhat late) roundup of 2018 (Archosaur Musings)
  • Will citizen science take over? (GBIF Data Blog)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

  • Cincinnati fossils come home (Link)
  • Paleontologist Mom (Field Secrets)
  • Specimen of the week 374: Hypsilophodon foxii cast (UCL)
  • Kevin Jiménez-Lara, Paleomammalogist and Paleobiogeographer (Time Scavengers)
  • State of Science: How Paleontologists Are Finding Fossils in Surprising Places (Link)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Book review – Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style (Second Edition) (The 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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