Fossil Friday Roundup: June 7, 2019

Featured Image: Coreoperca maruoi Yabumoto and Uyeno, 2009 KMNH VP 100,261. From Yabomuto (2019).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 64 (2) 2019: Complete Open Access Journal Issue
  • Timing and ecological priority shaped the diversification of sedges in the Himalayas (PeerJ)
  • An ammonite trapped in Burmese amber (PNAS)
  • An ichthyodectiform fish, Amakusaichthys goshouraensis (new Japanese name: Amakusagoshouramukashiuo) from the upper Cretaceous Himenoura Group in Goshoura, Amakua, Kumamto, Japan (Fossils)
  • The lost freshwater goby fish fauna (Teleostei, Gobiidae) from the early Miocene of Klinci (Serbia) (SJP)
  • Mesozoic and Cenozoic osteichthyan fish fossils from Japan based on the specimens deposited in Japanese museums and their potential. (J-stage)
  • Current state of research on Quaternary freshwater fossil fishes in Japan (Fossils)
  • zDigital dissection of the pelvis and hindlimb of the red-legged running frog, Phlyctimantis maculatus, using Diffusible Iodine Contrast Enhanced computed microtomography (DICE μCT) (PeerJ)
  • The cutting-edge morphology of the mole snake’s dental apparatus (PeerJ)
  • The fossil record of durophagous predation in the James Ross Basin over the last 125 million years (APS)
  • Forelimbs of the theropod dinosaur Dilophosaurus wetherilli: Range of motion, influence of paleopathology and soft tissues, and description of a distal carpal bone (PalaeoE)
  • Fostoria dhimbangunmal, gen. et sp. nov., a new iguanodontian (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) from the mid-Cretaceous of Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia (JVP)
  • Taphonomic analysis of saurischian dinosaurs from the Plottier Formation (Upper Cretaceous), Mendoza, Argentina (Andean Geology)
  • First find of the dromaeosauridae (dinosauria: dromaeosauridae) ungual from the late cretaceous Blagoveschensk dinosaur locality (Amur Region, Russia) (ДОКЛАДЫ АКАДЕМИИ НАУК)
  • Skeletal atlas of the Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) (PalaeoE)
  • Review of the actualistic taphonomy of small mammals ingested by South American predators. Its importance in the interpretation of the fossil record (Publicación Electrónica de la Asociación Paleontológica Argentina)
  • Sciuromorphy outside rodents reveals an ecomorphological convergence between squirrels and extinct South American ungulates (Communications Biology)
  • Tendons from kangaroo rats are exceptionally strong and tough (SciRep)
  • Phylogeography and ecological niche modeling unravel the evolutionary history of the Yarkand hare, Lepus yarkandensis (Mammalia: Leporidae), through the Quaternary (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Crown beaked whale fossils from the Chepotsunai Formation (latest Miocene) of Tomamae Town, Hokkaido, Japan (PalaeoE)
  • Taurida cave, a new locality of the early pleistocene vertebrates in Crimea (ДОКЛАДЫ АКАДЕМИИ НАУК)
  • The late pleistocene deposits and the small mammals’ fauna of the Middle Palaeolithic site Betovo (Desna River basin) (Link)
  • Ancient Mitogenomes Reveal the Evolutionary History and Biogeography of Sloths (Current Biology)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources: 


  • 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, Fossils and Fossilization:

  • Rare fossils provide more detailed picture of biodiversity during Middle Ordovician (KU)
  • When Fingers Changed Fins (Laelaps)
  • Run like a Dinosaur (Laelaps)
  • Dakosaurus: Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • Feathers came first, then birds (University of Bristol)
  • The Porcupine Sleeps Tonight (Synapsida)
  • Fossil Friday – Camelops tooth (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • The Hellacious Lives of the “Hell Pigs” (PBS Eons)
  • Conditions the World Cannot Conceive: Studying Taung in 1920s South Africa (Paige Madison)
  • Episode 62 – Amber (Common Descent)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

Methods and Musings:

  • The ‘Great Dying’ Nearly Erased Life On Earth. Scientists See Similarities To Today (NPR)
  • Marine ecosystems have entered the Anthropocene (Letters from Gondwana)
  • An Overview of Open Access Publishing in Palaeontology (GTV)
  • Hype and Trust (Extinct)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Some Trivial But Monstrous Thoughts  (TetZoo)
  • Book review – I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals (The Inquisitive Biologist)
  • My sauroponderous birthday card from Brian Engh (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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