Fossil Friday Roundup: July 19, 2019

Featured Image: Odontochelys semitestacea, from Schoch et al. (2019).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Crustose lichens with lichenicolous fungi from Paleogene amber (SciRep)
  • Ricciopsis sandaolingensis sp. nov., a new fossil bryophyte from the Middle Jurassic Xishanyao Formation in the Turpan-Hami Basin, Xinjiang, Northwest China (PalaeoE)
  • Frond morphology and epidermal anatomy of Compsopteris wongii (T. Halle) Zalessky from the Permian of Shanxi, China (PalZ)
  • Marine and non-marine strata preserving Ediacaran microfossils (SciRep)
  • Early Cambrian Small Shelly Fossils from northwest Mexico: Biostratigraphic implications for Laurentia (PalaeoE)
  • Early Tithonian deep-water colonization by benthic foraminifera in the Magura Basin (Pieniny Klippen Belt, Western Carpathians): a clue to the origins of deep-water foraminifera (RIPS)
  • Holocene environment changes in the Hachichina Wetland (Gulf of Gabes, Tunisia) evidenced by Foraminifera and Ostracoda, geochemical proxies and sedimentological analyses (RIPS)
  • Some microfossils (Dasycladales, benthic foraminifera, sponges) from the Upper Jurassic Mozduran Formation (NE Iran, Kopet-Dagh) and their biostratigraphic and palaeobiogeographic importance (RIPS)
  • An effaced horseshoe crab (Arthropoda: Chelicerata: Xiphosura) from the Upper Carboniferous of the Carnic Alps (Friuli, NE Italy) (RIPS)
  • New fossil cylindrical bark beetle (Zopheridae: Colydiinae: Gempylodini) from Eocene Baltic amber: An abnormal or intermediate form within Tenebrionoidea (PalaeoE)
  • Paleogeographic northeastern limits of Aphrodina dutrugei (Cocquand, 1862) (Heterodonta,
    Bivalvia) from the Cenomanian of the Arabian Platform (RIPS)
  • Ammonites of the subfamily Zapaliinae from the Lower Tithonian of Estancia María Juana, Vaca Muerta Formation (Portada Covunco Member), Neuquén Basin, Argentina (RIPS)
  • The squamation of “Ctenacanthus” costellatus (Chondrichthyes: Ctenacanthiformes) from the Carboniferous of Lublin area, south-eastern Poland (Acta Geologica Polonica)
  • Lanternfish otoliths (Teleostei, Myctophidae) from the Pliocene and Pleistocene of Japan (RIPS)
  • New fossil cichlid from the middle Miocene of East Africa revealed as oldest known member of the Oreochromini (SciRep)
  • A coelacanth fish from the Anisian (Middle Triassic) of the Dolomites (RIPS)
  • Microanatomy of the stem-turtle Pappochelys rosinae indicates a predominantly fossorial mode of life and clarifies early steps in the evolution of the shell (SciRep)
  • First record of a leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelyidae) from the Mio-Pliocene Purisima Formation of northern California, USA (PaleoBios)
  • Testing for a facultative locomotor mode in the acquisition of archosaur bipedality (RSOS)
  • Influence of head morphology and natural postures on sound localization cues in crocodilians (RSOS)
  • An unusual ‘shovel-billed’ dinosaur with trophic specializations from the early Campanian of Trans-Pecos Texas, and the ancestral hadrosaurian crest (J Sys Paleo)
  • Nestling-sized hadrosaurine cranial material from the Hell Creek Formation of northeastern Montana, USA, with an analysis of cranial ontogeny in Edmontosaurus annectens (PaleoBios)
  • New skull remains of Phorusrhacos longissimus (Aves, Cariamiformes) from the Miocene of Argentina: implications for the morphology of Phorusrhacidae (J Paleontology)
  • A small, narrow‐beaked albatross from the Pliocene of New Zealand demonstrates a higher past diversity in the feeding ecology of the Diomedeidae (IBIS)
  • Congruence, fossils and the evolutionary tree of rodents and lagomorphs (RSOS)
  • Large mammal remains from the Early Pleistocene site of Podere San Lorenzo (Perugia, central Italy) (RIPS)
  • The Geology of the Middle Cam Valley, Cambridgeshire, UK (Quaternary)

Pre-Prints and Post-Prints:

  • The Morrison Formation sauropod consensus: A freely accessible online spreadsheet of collected sauropod specimens, their housing institutions, contents, references, localities, and other potentially useful information (PaleorXiv)
  • Mineral deposit fields of rare metals as a sources of data for bioindication, paleobioindication, paleonutriology and paleometallomics (PaleorXiv)
  • Discussions about creation of new paleontological journals for Citizen Science (community science / crowd science / civic science) on the forum of the Paleontological Institute (FASO), Part 1 (PaleorXiv)
  • Discussions about creation of new paleontological journals for Citizen Science (community science / crowd science / civic science) on the forum of the Paleontological Institute (FASO), Part 2 (PaleorXiv)
  • High-density morphometric analysis of shape and integration: the good, the bad, and the not-really-a-problem (ICB)
  • A practical guide to sliding and surface semilandmarks in morphometric analyses (IOB)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources: 


  • 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)

Society Announcements:

  • Geoscience Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD): Sept. 10-11, 2019 (Paleo Society)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy, Fossils and Fossilization:

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, Museums, and Meetings:

  • Paleontological Society/AGI Summer Intern Report: Sophie Hanson (Paleo Society)
  • Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (Time Scavengers)
  • Robert Ulrich, Biogeochemist (Time Scavengers)
  • Table of old and new BYU specimen numbers (SVPOW)

Methods and Musings:

  • Looking Closer at Look at Your Fish (PLOS Ecology)
  • Don’t touch the casts! Touch the bones! (SVPOW)
  • Tips on a smooth Ph.D. – Postdoc transition; avoiding the post-graduation blues (PLOS ECR)
  • Episode 65 – The Late Devonian Extinction(s) (Common Descent)
  • Five Famous Palaeolithic Rock Art Enigmas (TetZoo)
  • How Volcanoes Froze the Earth (Twice) (PBS Eons)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Book review – Life Finds a Way: What Evolution Teaches Us About Creativity (The Inquisitive Biologist)
  • The Big One: Christoph Hoppenbrock’s Massive Palaeoart (LITC)
  • Book review – Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk (Second Edition) (The Inquisitive Biologist)

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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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