Fossil Friday* Roundup: March 24, 2019

*A special Sunday Edition of the Fossil Friday Roundup! Let’s call it #SuperFossilSunday Roundup! For a even more thorough list of the latest OA pubs, head on over to our Twitter!

Featured Image: Beremindia fissidens. From Moya-Costa et al. 2019.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Recurrent palaeo-wildfires in a Cisuralian coal seam: A palaeobotanical view on high-inertinite coals from the Lower Permian of the Paraná Basin, Brazil
  • Cambrian Sessile, Suspension Feeding Stem-Group Ctenophores and Evolution of the Comb Jelly Body Plan (Current Biology)
  • Cambrian rhynchonelliform nisusioid brachiopods: phylogeny and distribution (Papers in Paleontology)
  • Sea stars of the genus Henricia Gray, 1840 (Echinodermata, Asteroidea) from Vostok Bay, Sea of Japan (PeerJ)
  • Scale morphology and squamation pattern of Guiyu oneiros provide new insights into early osteichthyan body plan (SciRep)
  • Ecological continuity and transformation after the Permo-Triassic mass extinction in northeastern Panthalassa (Biology Letters)
  • Fully fledged enantiornithine hatchling revealed by Laser-Stimulated Fluorescence supports precocial nesting behavior (SciRep)
  • Late Pleistocene climatic changes promoted demographic expansion and population reconnection of a Neotropical savanna-adapted bird, Neothraupis fasciata (Aves: Thraupidae) (PLOS ONE)
  • Antiquity of forelimb ecomorphological diversity in the mammalian stem lineage (Synapsida) (PNAS)
  • Signs of biological activities of 28,000-year-old mammoth nuclei in mouse oocytes visualized by live-cell imaging (SciRep)
  • Dental integration and modularity in pinnipeds (SciRep)
  • Sedimentary record from Patagonia, southern Chile supports cosmic-impact triggering of biomass burning, climate change, and megafaunal extinctions at 12.8 ka (SciRep)
  • Radiocarbon dating and isotope analysis on the purported Aurignacian skeletal remains from Fontana Nuova (Ragusa, Italy) (PLOS ONE)
  • The Givetian vertebrate fauna from the Fiskekløfta Member (Mimerdalen Subgroup), Svalbard. Part I. Stratigraphic and faunal review. Part II. Acanthodii (NJG)
  • Evolutionary and Functional Implications of Incisor Enamel Microstructure Diversity in Notoungulata (Placentalia, Mammalia) (JME)
  • Felids forever (Biodiversity)
  • Stable isotopes reveal patterns of diet and mobility in the last Neandertals and first modern humans in Europe (SciRep)
  • Evolutionary history and palaeoecology of brown bear in North-East Siberia re-examined using ancient DNA and stable isotopes from skeletal remains (SciRep)
  • Sedimentary record from Patagonia, southern Chile supports cosmic-impact triggering of biomass burning, climate change, and megafaunal extinctions at 12.8 ka (SciRep)


  • Dinosaurs Still In Long-Term Net Speciation Decline Before The K-Pg Boundary (PaleorXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 11th Conference on Fossil Resources, Casper, Wyoming, May 30-June 2, 2019 (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

National Fossil Day Updates:

  • National Fossil Day 2019: Call for Partners, Art Contest (PLOS Paleo)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Episode 57 – The Evolution of Flowering Plants (Angiosperms) (Common Descent)
  • Why Do Cambrian Creatures Look So Weird? (LiveScience)
  • Speaker Series 2019: Trilobites from Mount Stephen, BC (Royal Tyrrell)
  • Vaderlimulus: Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • Braincase simplification and the origin of lissamphibians (PLOS ONE)
  • Speaker Series 2019: Before Ankylosaurs, There Were Aetosaurs (Royal Tyrrell)
  • Meet Iberodactylus (Letters From Gondwana)
  • Spain Gets a New Fossil Flying Reptile (Laelaps)
  • Your Friends The Titanosaurs, part 10: Diamantinasaurus, Dongyangosaurus, and Dreadnoughtus (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Walking around the mounted skeleton of Apatosaurus louisae (SVPOW)
  • Walking around the mounted skeleton of Diplodocus carnegii (SVPOW)
  • Mounted sauropods in dorsal view! (SVPOW)
  • Four huge beasts (SVPOW)
  • Behold! The glory that is CM 555 (SVPOW)
  • The “Proctor Lake hypsilophodont”: Convolosaurus marri (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Metriacanthosaurus: Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • Neck ontogeny in Tyrannosaurus rex (SVPOW)
  • There Are More Dinosaurs to Discover from the Time of T. rex (Laelaps)
  • Speaker Series 2019: Archaeopteryx: The World’s Most Famous Bird (Royal Tyrrell)
  • Protocol for the reconstruction of micromammals from fossils. Two case studies: The skulls of Beremendia fissidens and Dolinasorex glyphodon (PLOS ONE)
  • Fossil Friday – mammoth molar (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • The Beaches of Bakersfield (Synapsida)
  • The Cautious Climber Hypothesis (TetZoo)

Methods and Musings:

  • Huge Global Consequences from Melting Ice (Time Scavengers)
  • Teaching Science Communication to Biology students (Time Scavengers)
  • Episode 98: 10 Tons (Palaeocast)
  • Fighting the good fight: Plan S and the quest for open science (PLOS ECR)
  • Speaker Series 2019: Changing Landscapes in the Tien Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan (Royal Tyrrell)
  • 3D Digitization of the NHMLA Vertebrate Fossil Type Collection (NHMLA)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

  • Prehistoric New Jersey: Woodbury Formation (PBW)
  • Dr. Advait Jukar – Solving Mysteries in South Asian Fossil Communities (Mostly Mammoths)
  • How our week at the Carnegie Museum went (SVPOW)
  • Paleo-Interview with Jack Boyland (Paleo Society)
  • Scientist of the Week (Time Scavengers)
  • Meet Mongolia’s top female palaeontologist (BBC)
  • Alberta dinosaur bones ‘re-excavated’ at Smithsonian Museum (Link)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Book Review – Lost Anatomies: The Evolution Of The Human Form (The Inquisitive Biologist)
  • Book review – Curators: Behind the Scenes of Natural History Museums (The Inquisitive Biologist)
  • Book review – Nature’s Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age Transformed the West and Shaped the Present (The Inquisitive Biologist)
  • Обзор книги — Когда Волга была морем. Левиафаны и пилигримы (Alioramus altai)
  • Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Day of the Dinosaur (LITC)
  • Derrrrr (SVPOW)

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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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