Fossil Friday Roundup: June 14, 2019

Featured Image: From Hausmann et al. (2019)

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Lunar cycles and rainy seasons drive growth and reproduction in nummulitid foraminifera, important producers of carbonate buildups (SciRep)
  • Quantifying spatial variability in shell midden formation in the Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia (PLOS ONE)
  • Trilobite compound eyes with crystalline cones and rhabdoms show mandibulate affinities (SciRep)
  • New genus and species of Lamprosomatinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) from Eocene Baltic amber (PalaeoE)
  • A proposed terminology for the dentition of gomphodont cynodonts and dental morphology in Diademodontidae and Trirachodontidae (PeerJ)
  • On trends and patterns in macroevolution: Williston’s law and the branchiostegal series of extant and extinct osteichthyans (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • First partial skeleton of Delphinornis larseni Wiman, 1905, a slender-footed penguin from the Eocene of Antarctic Peninsula (PalaeoE)
  • Digital dissection of the head of the rock dove (Columba livia) using contrast-enhanced computed tomography (Zoological Letters)
  • History Repeats: Large Scale Synchronous Biological Turnover in Avifauna From the Plio-Pleistocene and Late Holocene of New Zealand (Frontiers In Ecology and Evolution)
  • Updated synthesis of South American Mesotheriidae (Notoungulata) with emphasis on west-central Argentina (Link)
  • Bone diagenesis in a Mycenaean secondary burial (Kastrouli, Greece) (Archaeological and Anthropological Science)
  • Philosophy of Macroevolution (Link)
  • Conserving evolutionary history does not result in greater diversity over geological time scales (ProcB)

Preprints and Postprints:

  • First report of paired ventral endites in a hurdiid radiodont (PaleorXiv)
  • First Report of Cretaceous Calcareous Nanofossils from the Ophiolite Associated Pelagic Sediments of Middle Andaman (Link)

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)
  • Dino Fest at the Science Museum of Minnesota, July 13, 10 am–4 pm (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:

  • Why Crocodiles Are Not Just Living Fossils (NY Times)
  • Dawn of the Crunch (Laelaps)
  • Supersaurus, Ultrasaurus and Dystylosaurus in 2019, part 1: what we know now (SVPOW)
  • Rare Dinosaur Fossils Reveal New Details of Prosaurolophus Display Features (Inside the Royal Tyrrell Museum)
  • Miocene (Pt 14): Sabre-toothed Sea Otters (Synapsida)
  • Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia (Link)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

  • Highlands Ranch Fossil Site Just One Project For Dino Diggers This Summer (Link)
  • ProgPal 2019 (Raptormaniacs)
  • What I Did While I Was Out (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Brazil wins legal fight over 100-million-year-old fossil bounty (Link)

Methods and Musings:

  • Dinosaur fossils are available for sale on eBay. so why did it take America’s national museum so long to get a Tyrannosaurus rex? (Link)
  • Reforming scholarly publishing (GTV)
  • Meetings and Management (Time Scavengers)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs (St Michael) – Part 2 (LITC)

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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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