Fossil Friday* Roundup: July 6, 2019

*Saturday edition

Featured Image: Right lateral view of the Cioclovina calvaria exhibiting a large depressed fracture. From Kranioti et al. (2019).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Accelerated diversifications in three diverse families of morphologically complex lichen-forming fungi link to major historical events (SciRep)
  • Preliminary investigation of a diverse megafossil floral assemblage from the middle Miocene of southern Mississippi, USA (PalaeoE)
  • Quantifying intra- and interspecific variability in trilobite moulting behaviour across the Palaeozoic (PalaeoE)
  • Reaching across the ocean of time: A midge morphotype from the Cretaceous of Gondwana found in the Eocene Baltic amber (PalaeoE)
  • Remarkable new fossil species of Schistostoma Becker (Diptera: Dolichopodidae: Microphorinae) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber (Zootaxa)
  • Systematic notes on the Cerambycidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) described from Burmese amber (Link)
  • A new dustywing (Neuroptera: Coniopterygidae) from the Early Cretaceous amber of Spain (Link)
  • Patterns of richness of freshwater mollusks from Chile: predictions of its distribution based on null models (PeerJ)
  • Oriented microwear on a tooth of Edestus minor (Chondrichthyes, Eugeneodontiformes):
    Implications for dental function (PalaeoE)
  • Micro-computed tomography imaging reveals the development of a unique tooth mineralization pattern in mackerel sharks (Chondrichthyes; Lamniformes) in deep time (Link)
  • Ecomorphological diversification in squamates from conserved pattern of cranial integration (Link)
  • Reappraisal of the morphology and phylogenetic relationships of the alligatoroid crocodylian Diplocynodon hantoniensis from the late Eocene of the United Kingdom (Link)
  • Marine reptiles and climates of the Jurassic and Cretaceous of Siberia (Link)
  • Osteohistology of the silesaurid Sacisaurus agudoensis from southern Brazil (Late Triassic) and implications for growth in early dinosaurs (Link)
  • First Record of Sauropod Remains from the Maastrichtian Marília Formation (Bauru Group) of Monte Alegre de Minas since Friderich von Huene ́s Description in 1931 (Link)
  • A research of the Late Cretaceous dinosaur fauna in Tianyuan, Zhuzhou and measures proposed for their protection and utilization (Link)
  • Cretaceous dinosaur tracks from Maling Mountain of Xinyi City, Jiangsu Province:From tiger to carnivorous dinosaur and from folklore to paleontology (Link)
  • Spinosaurid theropod teeth from the Red Beds of the Khok Kruat Formation (Early Cretaceous) in Northeastern Thailand (Link)
  • Theropod teeth from the Lower Cretaceous Ilek Formation of Western Siberia, Russia (Link)
  • A Problematic Tyrannosaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) Skeleton and Its Implications for Tyrannosaurid Diversity in the Horseshoe Canyon Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of Alberta (Link)
  • Skeletal completeness of the non‐avian theropod dinosaur fossil record (Palaeontology)
  • A femur of the Late Cretaceous giant bird Gargantuavis from Cruzy (southern France) and its systematic implications (Link)
  • Early evidence of molariform hypsodonty in a Triassic stem-mammal (Link)
  • Seasonal denning behavior and population dynamics of the late Pleistocene peccary Platygonus compressus (Artiodactyla: Tayassuidae) from Bat Cave, Missouri (PeerJ)
  • State of the art forensic techniques reveal evidence of interpersonal violence ca. 30,000 years ago (PLOS ONE)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources: 


  • 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)
  • Annual Meeting of the Paleontological Society (Paläontologische Gesellschaft), September 15–18, 2019, Munich (Link)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy, Fossils and Fossilization:

  • Supersaurus, Ultrasaurus and Dystylosaurus in 2019, part 6: what happens to Supersaurus now? (SVPOW)
  • Vespersaurus: Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • This desert-dwelling dinosaur balanced on single toes (Link)
  • Episode 101: Organic Preservation of Dinosaur Bone (Paleocast)
  • Fossilized Dino Bones Are Home to Diverse Microbial Communities (Link)
  • New Research Upends Relationships Among Sloth Species (Link)
  • Fossil Friday – traces on a mammoth rib (Valley of the Mastodon)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

  • Welcoming Visitors to Our New Stomping Grounds (Royal Tyrrell Museum)
  • Southeastern Geological Society of America Meeting (Time Scavengers)
  • Darwin’s Worst Nightmare Part III: Conclusion of a Colossal Coincidence (Paige Madison)
  • America’s First Paleontologist Hand-Wrote The Declaration Of Independence (Link)
  • The Experts Behind the New Fossil Hall Wrap Their Minds Around ‘Deep Time’ (Link)

Methods and Musings:

  • 21 years of The Reptipage (Reptipage)
  • You’ve completed your review – now get credit with ORCID (PLOS ECR)
  • Place, Place Baby (Extinct)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Reconstructing Hadrosaurus for the Academy of Natural Sciences (PBW)
  • Eyewitness Guides: Dinosaur – 30 years on (part 2) (LITC)
  • Monsterising prehistory! The “how”, “why” and “so what” of monstrous palaeoart (Mark Witton)
  • Mark Witton’s The Palaeoartist’s Handbook (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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