Fossil Friday Roundup: July 12, 2019

Featured Image: From Hartman et al. (2019).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Revisiting metazoan phylogeny with genomic sampling of all phyla (Link)
  • First cycad seedling foliage from the fossil record and inferences for the Cenozoic evolution of cycads (Biology Letters)
  • An Evolutionarily Ancient Immune System Governs the Interactions between Pseudomonas syringae and an Early-Diverging Land Plant Lineage (Current Biology)
  • Conserved Biochemical Defenses Underpin Host Responses to Oomycete Infection in an Early-Divergent Land Plant Lineage (Current Biology)
  • Evolution of the Chordate Telencephalon (Current Biology)
  • New information on the feeding habits of the percomorph Rhenanoperca minuta, together with a short look at other fish species from the Eocene Messel Formation of Germany (Link)
  • Correction: Dynamic Similarity in Titanosaur Sauropods: Ichnological Evidence from the Fumanya Dinosaur Tracksite (Southern Pyrenees) (PLOS ONE)
  • Microraptor with Ingested Lizard Suggests Non-specialized Digestive Function (Current Biology)
  • A new paravian dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of North America supports a late acquisition of avian flight (PeerJ)
  • An avian femur from the Late Cretaceous of Vega Island, Antarctic Peninsula: removing the record of cursorial landbirds from the Mesozoic of Antarctica (PeerJ)
  • A New Enantiornithine Bird with Unusual Pedal Proportions Found in Amber (Current Biology)
  • Phylogenetic Signal of Indels and the Neoavian Radiation (Diversity)
  • Demography of avian scavengers after Pleistocene megafaunal extinction (SciRep)
  • New Material of Paleocene-Eocene Pellornis (Aves: Gruiformes) Clarifies the Pattern and Timing of the Extant Gruiform Radiation (Diversity)
  • A Phylogenomic Supertree of Birds (Diversity)
  • Los restos de Sus scrofa (Artiodactyla, Mammalia) del yacimiento Pleistoceno de Pinilla del Valle (Madrid, España) (Link)
  • Rare dental trait provides morphological evidence of archaic introgression in Asian fossil record (PNAS)
  • The bulb retouchers in the Levant: New insights into Middle Palaeolithic retouching techniques and mobile tool-kit composition (PLOS ONE)

Pre-Prints and Post-Prints:

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 7: at last, Dystylosaurus has its day! (SVPOW)
  • Supersaurus, Ultrasaurus and Dystylosaurus in 2019, part 8: we finally get to Ultrasauros! (SVPOW)
  • Bonus post: Supersaurus before Ultrasaurus! (SVPOW)
  • Discovery of Raptor-Like Dinosaur Adds a New Wrinkle to the Origin of Birds (Smithsonian)
  • Hesperornithoides miessleriis and the evolution of flight (Letters from Gondwana)
  • Meet Lori, a tiny dinosaur that may help explain how birds evolved flight (Nat Geo)
  • Down, Down, Deeper and Down (Synapsida)
  • Sloths Climb a New Evolutionary Tree (Laelaps)
  • When we met other human species (PBS Eons)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

  • Richard Howard, PeerJ Award winner at ProgPal, discusses his research on Ecdysozoans, evolution and biodiversity (PeerJ)
  • Queer voices in palaeontology (Nature)

Methods and Musings:

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Big Mike’s Mosasaur (Dave’s Dinosaurs)
  • Cabinet of curiosities: Jessie Atterholt’s office (SVPOW)
  • James Herrmann’s dinosaur sculptures for the Cincinnati Museum Center (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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