Fossil Friday Roundup: April 5, 2019

Featured Image: From Zitouni et al. (2019).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Bulletin of Geosciences, Czech Geological Survey — Multiple articles! (Link)
  • Tracking voluminous Permian volcanism of the Choiyoi Province into central Antarctica (Lithosphere)
  • Mid-Pleistocene transition in glacial cycles explained by declining CO2 and regolith removal (ScienceAdvances)
  • A stem group echinoderm from the basal Cambrian of China and the origins of Ambulacraria (Nature Communications)
  • Cascading trend of Early Paleozoic marine radiations paused by Late Ordovician extinctions (PNAS)
  • Palaeoecology of Voulteryon parvulus (Eucrustacea, Polychelida) from the Middle Jurassic of La Voulte-sur-Rhône Fossil-Lagerstätte (France) (SciRep)
  • The Neogene fossil record of Aetomylaeus (Elasmobranchii, Myliobatidae) from the south-eastern Pacific (JVP)
  • Revision of the Late Jurassic deep-water teleosauroid crocodylomorph Teleosaurus megarhinus Hulke, 1871 and evidence of pelagic adaptations in Teleosauroidea (PeerJ)
  • A new species of the metriorhynchid crocodylomorph Cricosaurus from the Upper Jurassic of southern Germany (APP)
  • Convergence and functional evolution of longirostry in crocodylomorphs (Palaeontology)
  • The First Definite Lambeosaurine Bone From the Liscomb Bonebed of the Upper Cretaceous Prince Creek Formation, Alaska, United States (SciRep)
  • An abelisaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) ilium from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) of the Kem Kem beds, Morocco (PLOS ONE)
  • A seismically induced onshore surge deposit at the KPg boundary, North Dakota (PNAS)
  • Scaling of statically derived osteocyte lacunae in extant birds: implications for palaeophysiological reconstruction (Biology Letters)
  • Antiquity of forelimb ecomorphological diversity in the mammalian stem lineage (Synapsida) (PNAS)
  • Mechanical significance of morphological variation in diprotodont incisors (RSOS)
  • Whole genome sequencing of canids reveals genomic regions under selection and variants influencing morphology (Nature Comm)
  • An Amphibious Whale from the Middle Eocene of Peru Reveals Early South Pacific Dispersal of Quadrupedal Cetaceans (Current Biology)
  • Rocks, teeth, and tools: New insights into early Neanderthal mobility strategies in South-Eastern France from lithic reconstructions and strontium isotope analysis (PLOS ONE)
  • Illustrating phylogenetic placement of fossils using RoguePlots: An example from ichneumonid parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) and an extensive morphological matrix (PLOS ONE)


  • Review and test of reproducibility of sub-decadal resolution palaeoenvironmental reconstructions from microfossil assemblages (PaleorXiv)
  • Active Galactic Nuclei: Boon or Bane for Biota? (arXiv)
  • A comprehensive approach towards the systematics of Cervidae (PeerJ)
  • Growth Patterns of birds, dinosaurs and reptiles: Are differences real or apparent? (bioRXiv)

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:

  • When Giant Scorpions Swarmed the Seas (PBS Eons)
  • Out of Africa: A new hypothesis for the world’s biggest ever dinosaurs (PLOS Paleo)
  • In search for ‘mikan,’ man finds tooth fossil of spinosaurus (Link)
  • Is “Scotty” the Biggest T. rex? Maybe Not (Laelaps)
  • On the Origin of Ducks (Synapsida)
  • Fossil Friday – Mammut pacificus (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • The Pacific Mastodon (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Mastodons to the Max (Laelaps)
  • The first known fossil of a Denisovan skull has been found in a Siberian cave (Link)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

  • Drumheller Channels (Time Scavengers)
  • Looking down on the mounted skeletons of Diplodocus and Apatosaurus at the Carnegie Museum (SVPOW)
  • Aly Baumgartner, Paleobotanist (Time Scavengers)
  • Countries demand their fossils back, forcing natural history museums to confront their past (Link)
  • Fossil record: Dippy the dinosaur proves huge attraction in Scotland (Link)

Methods and Musings:

  • Not in My Boneyard (Extinct)
  • This Mesozoic Month (LITC)
  • Publishing Scientific Research (Time Scavengers)
  • Astonishment, skepticism greet fossils claimed to record dinosaur-killing asteroid impact (Link)
  • It’s Time for the Heroic Male Paleontologist Trope to Go Extinct (Link)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Paleos on Patreon (LITC)
  • Vintage Dinosaur Art: A natural history of Dinosaurs – Part 1 (LITC)
  • The Walking with Beasts Evolution Game (Raptormaniacs)
  • Books on the Loch Ness Monster 2: Gareth Williams’s A Monstrous Commotion (TetZoo)

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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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