Fossil Friday Roundup: February 22, 2019

Featured Image: Axial body models (constructed in FreeCAD) of (A) Yangchuanosaurus shangyouensis (CV 00215), (B) Sinraptor hepingensis (ZDM 0024), and (C) Tarbosaurus bataar (ZPAL MgD-I/4).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • From data compilation to model validation: a comprehensive analysis of a full deep-sea ecosystem model of the Chatham Rise (PeerJ)
  • Exceptionally well-preserved Orsten-type phosphatocopid crustaceans from the Cambrian of Poland (APP)
  • Stable isotopic characterization of a coastal floodplain forest community: a case study for isotopic reconstruction of Mesozoic vertebrate assemblages (RSOS)
  • Lower Triassic (Induan to Olenekian) conodonts, foraminifera, and bivalves from the Al Mamalih area, Dead Sea, Jordan: Constraints on the P–T boundary (RIPS)
  • Unexpected diversity of median caudal cartilages in teleosts (Zoological J of the Linnean Society)
  • Otoliths in situ in the stem teleost Cavenderichthys talbragarensis (Woodward, 1895), otoliths in coprolites, and isolated otoliths from the Upper Jurassic of Talbragar, New South Wales, Australia (JVP)
  • Bilateral Jaw Elements in Amiskwia sagittiformis Bridge the Morphological Gap between Gnathiferans and Chaetognaths (Current Biology)
  • The tetrapod fauna of the upper Permian Naobaogou Formation of China: 3. Jiufengia jiai gen. et sp. nov., a large akidnognathid therocephalian (PeerJ)
  • A juvenile specimen of the trematopid Acheloma from Richards Spur, Oklahoma and challenges of trematopid ontogeny (Frontiers in Earth Science)
  • A new testudinoid turtle from the middle to late Eocene of Vietnam (PeerJ)
  • Tracking down the lizards from Gravenhorst’s collection at the University of Wrocław: type specimens of Callopistes maculatus Gravenhorst, 1838 and three Liolaemus species rediscovered (PeerJ)
  • The anatomy and phylogenetic position of the erythrosuchid archosauriform Guchengosuchus shiguaiensis from the earliest Middle Triassic of China (PeerJ)
  • Heterochronic shifts and conserved embryonic shape underlie crocodylian craniofacial disparity and convergence (RSOS)
  • Diversity in rhynchocephalian Clevosaurus skulls based on CT reconstruction of two Late Triassic species from Great Britain (APP)
  • Anatomy of the dinosaur Pampadromaeus barberenai (Saurischia—Sauropodomorpha) from the Late Triassic Santa Maria Formation of southern Brazil (PLOS ONE)
  • Diminutive fleet-footed tyrannosauroid narrows the 70-million-year gap in the North American fossil record (Communications Biology)
  • Lower rotational inertia and larger leg muscles indicate more rapid turns in tyrannosaurids than in other large theropods (PeerJ)
  • Correction to: ‘New theropod (Tetanurae: Avetheropoda) material from the ‘mid’-Cretaceous Griman Greek Formation at Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia’ (RSOS)
  • Mitochondrial Genomes from New Zealand’s Extinct Adzebills (Aves: Aptornithidae: Aptornis) Support a Sister-Taxon Relationship with the Afro-Madagascan Sarothruridae (Diversity)
  • Phylogeny, migration and life history: filling the gaps in the origin and biogeography of the Turdus thrushes (Journal of Ornithology)
  • Dietary niche and the evolution of cranial morphology in birds (ProcB)
  • Primer estudio experimental sobre los efectos de la digestión en restos esqueléticos de murciélagos (Mammalia: Chiroptera) (Spanish J or Paleontology)
  • The Australian dingo: untamed or feral? (Frontiers in Zoology)
  • A new suoid with tubulidentate, hypselorhizic cheek teeth from the early Miocene of Córcoles, Spain (Spanish J of Paleontology)
  • Unexpected evolutionary patterns of dental ontogenetic traits in cetartiodactyl mammals (ProcB)
  • Biomechanical simulations of Leptarctus primus (Leptarctinae, Carnivora), and new evidence for a badger-like feeding capability (JVP)
  • The Still Bay and pre-Still Bay Fauna from Sibudu Cave: Taphonomic and Taxonomic Analysis of the Macromammal Remains from the Wadley Excavations (Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology)
  • Exceptionally high δ15N values in collagen single amino acids confirm Neandertals as high-trophic level carnivores (PNAS)
  • Revisiting the Foraging Ecology and Extinction History of Two Endemic Vertebrates from Tenerife, Canary Islands (Quaternary)
  • The ecomorphology of southern African rodent incisors: Potential applications to the hominin fossil record (PLOS ONE)
  • Specialized rainforest hunting by Homo sapiens ~45,000 years ago (Nature Communications)
  • The use of new web technologies for the analysis, preservation, and outreach of paleontological information and its application to La Rioja (Spain) paleontological heritage (PalaeoE)
  • Identifying and improving AGU collaborations using network analysis and scientometrics (Geoscience Comm)


  • A high-resolution, chromosome-assigned Komodo dragon genome reveals adaptations in the cardiovascular, muscular, and chemosensory systems of monitor lizards (bioRXiv)
  • The locomotor and predatory habits of unenlagiines (Theropoda, Paraves): inferences based on morphometric studies and comparisons with Laurasian dromaeosaurids (bioRXiv)
  • A late Permian ichthyofauna from the Zechstein Basin, Lithuania-Latvia Region (bioRXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 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:

  • Speaker Series 2019: Fossil Fish from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta (Royal Tyrrell)
  • Speaker Series 2019: The Great Plains Short-horned Lizard in Canada (Royal Tyrrell)
  • Your Friends The Titanosaurs, part 9: “Campylodon”, Clasmodosaurus, Choconsaurus, and Daxiatitan (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Fossil Friday – ceratopsian vertebra (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Fossil Bones Reveal New Baby Dinosaur (Laelaps)
  • A Multi-Species Nesting Assemblage in the Late Cretaceous of Europe (TetZoo)
  • Speaker Series 2019: The Origins and Evolution of Madagascar’s Modern Vertebrates (Royal Tyrrell Museum)
  • Miocene (Pt 12): American Rhinos and Horse-Headed Lopers (Synapsida)
  • Land animal diversity was stable for millions of years, before humans came along – new study (Link)

Methods and Musings:

  • Beginning at the beginning: Leibniz and the texts of deep history (Extinct)
  • I’m just bad at science (Time Scavengers)
  • How to spot palaeontological crankery (Mark Witton)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

  • ‘Quick for a palaeontologist is painfully slow on human time scales!’ (Link)

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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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