Fossil Friday Roundup: April 19, 2019

Featured Image: Skeletal reconstructions of Gobihadros mongoliensis. From Tsogtbaatar et al. (2019).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • BP Gulf of Mexico Neogene Astronomically-tuned Time Scale (BP GNATTS) (GSA Bulletin)
  • Sedimentological Characteristics And Paleoenvironmental Implication Of Triassic Vertebrate Localities In Villány (Villány Hills, Southern Hungary) (Geological Carpathica)
  • Response of grassland ecosystem to monsoonal precipitation variability during the Mid-Late Holocene: Inferences based on molecular isotopic records from Banni grassland, western India (PLOS ONE)
  • Fruits of Scirpus (Cyperaceae) from the early Miocene of Weichang, Hebei Province, North China and their palaeoecological and palaeobiogeographical implications (Journal of Palaeogeography)
  • Recurrent palaeo-wildfires in a Cisuralian coal seam: A palaeobotanical view on high-inertinite coals from the Lower Permian of the Paraná Basin, Brazil (PLOS ONE)
  • Clonal colony in the Early Devonian cnidarian Sphenothallus from Brazil (APP)
  • A Mesozoic clown beetle myrmecophile (Coleoptera: Histeridae) (eLife)
  • First record of the tribe Naupactini (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Rovno amber (Fossil Record)
  • Do traits separated by metamorphosis evolve independently? Concepts and methods (ProcB)
  • The posterior cranial portion of the earliest known Tetrapodomorph Tungsenia paradoxa and the early evolution of tetrapodomorph endocrania (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)
  • Last lizard standing: The enigmatic persistence of the Komodo dragon (Global Ecology and Conservation)
  • A new hadrosauroid (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Late Cretaceous Baynshire Formation of the Gobi Desert (Mongolia) (PLOS ONE)
  • Earth history and the passerine superradiation (PNAS)
  • The Evolution of Equid Monodactyly: A Review Including a New Hypothesis (Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution)
  • A new species of Kubanochoerus (Suidae, Artiodactyla) from the Linxia Basin, Gansu Province, China (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)
  • Why ruminating ungulates chew sloppily: Biomechanics discern a phylogenetic pattern (√)
  • Brain Changes during Phyletic Dwarfing in Elephants and Hippos (BBE)
  • The Cerutti Mastodon Site Reinterpreted with Reference to Freeway Construction Plans and Methods (PaleoAmerica)
  • Ten simple rules towards healthier research labs (PLOS Computational Biology)
  • ZooArchNet: Connecting zooarchaeological specimens to the biodiversity and archaeology data networks (PLOS ONE)



Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • Mosasaur & Mesozoic Marine Reptiles Meeting (Tyrrell), May 3–6, 2019
  • Canadian Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Wembley, Alberta, May 10–13, 2019 (Link)
  • 11th Conference on Fossil Resources, Casper, Wyoming, May 30–June 2, 2019 (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)
  • Judith River Symposium (Great Plains Dinosaur Museum), Malta, Montana, June 28–30 (Link)
  • Cretaceous & Beyond: Paleo of Western Interior (Dickinson Museum), Dickinson, North Dakota, September 14–17 (Link)


  • SVP responds to sale of a privately owned juvenile tyrannosaur that was exhibited at University of Kansas (SVP)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Fossil Friday – Paralia sulcata (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • The other side of the slab (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Megalodon and Marine Megafauna (Palaeocast)
  • Coelacanth reveals new insights into skull evolution (Link)
  • Imperobator the second named Antarctic Mesozoic theropod (Theropod Database blog)
  • Evidence of large Tyranosauroid Dinosaurs living on the East Coast of North America shortly before the End Cretaceous Extinction. (Sciency Thoughts)
  • Fossils Found In Museum Drawer In Kenya Belong To Gigantic Carnivore (Link)
  • Miocene (Pt 13): The Time of No Cats (Synapsida)
  • The New World Leaf-Nosed Bat Radiation (TetZoo)
  • Unique in palaeontology: Liquid blood found inside a prehistoric 42,000 year old foal (Link)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

  • Obituary: Ralph E. Chapman (PalAss)
  • He Listed a T. Rex Fossil on eBay for $2.95 Million. Scientists Weren’t Thrilled. (NY Times)

Methods and Musings:

  • High impact paleontology (Medium)
  • A Rare and Exciting Fossil Deposit Causes Excitement and Contention in the Paleontological Community (Time Scavengers)
  • The “impact” of the Journal Impact Factor in the review, tenure, and promotion process (PeerJ)
  • Beyond the Science: Considerations when Picking an Academic Post (Time Scavengers)
  • Ice Ages triggered when tropical islands and continents collide (Link)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Vintage Dinosaur Art: A natural history of Dinosaurs – Part 2 (LITC)
  • Book review – Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone (The Inquisitive Biologist)
  • Book review – The Dinosaurs Rediscovered: How a Scientific Revolution is Rewriting History (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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