Fossil Friday Roundup: April 26, 2019

Featured Image: Photograph of the original sedimentary structure attributed to a human footprint that was excavated at the Pilauco site. From Moreno et al. (2019).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Coupling of palaeontological and neontological reef coral data improves forecasts of biodiversity responses under global climatic change (RSOS)
  • The Plio–Pleistocene Demise of the East Carpathian Foreland Fluvial System and Arrival of the Paleo-Danube To The Black Sea (Geologica Carpathica)
  • Savanna in equatorial Borneo during the late Pleistocene (SciRep)
  • Forty-six years of Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance from 1972 to 2018 (PNAS)
  • Diatom identification including life cycle stages through morphological and texture descriptors (PeerJ)
  • Brachiopod faunas from the basinal facies of southeastern Thuringia (Germany) before and after the Hangenberg Crisis (Devonian–Carboniferous boundary) (PalaeoE)
  • Lower jaw of Spathites (Ammonoidea, Acanthoceratoidea) from the Upper Cretaceous (Turonian) of New Mexico. (American Museum novitates)
  • East African cichlid lineages (Teleostei: Cichlidae) might be older than their ancient host lakes: new divergence estimates for the east African cichlid radiation (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • First report of Eocene gadiform fishes from the Trans-Urals (Sverdlovsk and Tyumen regions, Russia) (Journal of Paleontology)
  • A coelacanth fish from the anisian (middle triassic) of the Dolomites (RIPS)
  • Sauropod diversity in the Upper Cretaceous Nemegt Formation of Mongolia—a possible new specimen of Nemegtosaurus (APP)
  • The oldest titanosaurian sauropod of the northern hemisphere (Bio Comm)
  • Ultraviolet light illuminates the avian nature of the Berlin Archaeopteryx skeleton (SciRep)
  • Ancient amino acids from fossil feathers in amber (SciRep)
  • A new caudipterid from the Lower Cretaceous of China with information on the evolution of the manus of Oviraptorosauria (SciRep)
  • Metatarsal II osteohistology of Xixianykus zhangi (Theropoda: Alvarezsauria) and its implications for the development of the arctometatarsalian pes (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)
  • Evolution of digestive enzymes and dietary diversification in birds (PeerJ)
  • New Paleocene bird fossils from the North Sea Basin in Belgium and France (Geologica Belgica)
  • Palaeoproteomics of bird bones for taxonomic classification (Zoological Journal of the Linnean Soceity)
  • Description of bird tracks from the Kitadani Formation (Aptian), Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan with three-dimensional imaging techniques (Memoir of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum)
  • The platypus: evolutionary history, biology, and an uncertain future (Journal of Mammalogy)
  • Ontogenetic changes in the long bone microstructure in the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) (PLOS ONE)
  • Genetic turnovers and northern survival during the last glacial maximum in European brown bears (Ecology and Evolution)
  • Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, gen. et sp. nov. (Hyainailourinae, Hyaenodonta, ‘Creodonta,’ Mammalia), a gigantic carnivore from the earliest Miocene of Kenya (JVP)
  • Insights into the timing, intensity and natural setting of Neanderthal occupation from the geoarchaeological study of combustion structures: A micromorphological and biomarker investigation of El Salt, unit Xb, Alcoy, Spain (PLOS ONE)
  • A late Pleistocene human footprint from the Pilauco archaeological site, northern Patagonia, Chile (PLOS ONE)
  • Mobility and social identity in the Mid Upper Paleolithic: New personal ornaments from Poiana Cireșului (Piatra Neamț, Romania) (PLOS ONE)
  • Compensatory responses can alter the form of the biodiversity–function relation curve (ProcB)
  • Extinction and the U.S. Endangered Species Act (PeerJ)


  • Surveying death roll behavior across Crocodylia (PaleorXiv)
  • The Global Museum: natural history collections and the future of evolutionary biology and public education (PeerJ)

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)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

  • Join us in congratulating Anna K. Behrensmeyer! (PaleoSociety)
  • Chris Lowery, Research Associate & Paleoceanographer (Time Scavengers)

Methods and Musings:

  • Information Sciences: What are they? (Time Scavengers)
  • Elsevier and Norway enter into a new €9 million deal. Great. (GTV)
  • Dear eLife: please give us eLife ONE (SVPOW)
  • All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Peer-Reviewed Papers (Part 1) (PLOS Ecology)
  • Who Owns The Dinosaurs? It All Depends On Where You Find Them (Link)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Book Review – Anti-Science And The Assault On Democracy: Defending Reason In A Free Society (The Inquisitive Biologist)
  • Usborne’s All About Monsters (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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