Fossil Friday Roundup: October 12, 2018

Featured Image: Articulated holotype left pes of Sarahsaurus aurifontanalis. From Marsh and Rowe (2018). CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • History is written by the victors: The effect of the push of the past on the fossil record (Evolution)
  • Applications of chemical imaging techniques in paleontology (NSR)
  • Redox-dependent niche differentiation provides evidence for multiple bacterial sources of glycerol tetraether lipids in lakes (PNAS)
  • Palynostratigraphy of the Permian Faraghan Formation in the Zagros Basin, southern Iran (RIPS)
  • First tropical American species of the “relict” genus Litoleptis, and relationships in Spaniinae (Diptera, Rhagionidae). (American Museum novitates)
  • Partial homologies between sleep states in lizards, mammals, and birds suggest a complex evolution of sleep states in amniotes (PLOS Biology)
  • Separating sexual dimorphism from other morphological variation in a specimen complex of fossil marine reptiles (Reptilia, Ichthyosauriformes, Chaohusaurus) (Scientific Reports)
  • A new specimen of Palvennia hoybergeti: implications for cranial and pectoral girdle anatomy in ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaurs (PeerJ)
  • Anatomy and systematics of the sauropodomorph Sarahsaurus aurifontanalis from the Early Jurassic Kayenta Formation (PLOS ONE)
  • The Smallest Diplodocid Skull Reveals Cranial Ontogeny and Growth-Related Dietary Changes in the Largest Dinosaurs (Scientific Reports)
  • Bite marks on the frill of a juvenile Centrosaurus from the Late Cretaceous Dinosaur Provincial Park Formation, Alberta, Canada (PeerJ)
  • A new tyrannosaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Upper Cretaceous Menefee Formation of New Mexico (PeerJ)
  • Oldest skeleton of a fossil flying squirrel casts new light on the phylogeny of the group (eLife)
  • A late surviving Pliocene seal from high latitudes of the North Atlantic realm: the latest monachine seal on the southern margin of the North Sea (PeerJ)
  • A new tuskless walrus from the Miocene of Orange County, California, with comments on the diversity and taxonomy of odobenids (PeerJ)
  • 90,000 year-old specialised bone technology in the Aterian Middle Stone Age of North Africa (PLOS ONE)
  • New evidence of megafaunal bone damage indicates late colonization of Madagascar (PLOS ONE)
  • The MIS5 Pietersburg at ‘28’ Bushman Rock Shelter, Limpopo Province, South Africa (PLOS ONE)
  • Proof of concept study: Testing human volatile organic compounds as tools for age classification of films (PLOS ONE)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Absence of general rules governing molluscan body-size response to climatic fluctuation during Cenozoic (bioRXiv)
  • Interpreting character variation in turtles: Araripemys barretoi (Pleurodira: Pelomedusoides) from the Araripe Basin, Early Cretaceous of Northeastern Brazil (PeerJ)
  • Phylogenetic non-independence in rates of trait evolution (PaleorXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

 (PMeetings:

  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
    • The 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress: new abstract deadline, and registration payment methods (SVPOW)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

Events:

Announcements:

  • Help take Open Science to the next level – become a PeerJ Ambassador (PeerJ)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:

  • Take Your Social Media to Work Day (PLOS Ecology Community)
  • The latest in the Elsevier and Open Science Monitor saga (GTV)
  • Episode 45 – The Permian Extinction (Common Descent)
  • Bringing Fossils into the Digital Age: Using photogrammetry methods to better study, share and interpret NPS paleontological resources (Link)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Odds and ends: Book reviews, October 2018 (Sympan)
  • Behold the SummonEngh! (Archosaur Musings)
  • #MikeTaylorAwesomeDinoArt at TetZooCon 2018 (SVPOW)

 


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Fossil Friday Roundup: October 5, 2018

Featured Image: Homo antecessor molars, from Martín-Francés et al. (2018). CC-BY

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Synchrotron and Neutron Tomography of Paleontological Objects on the Facilities of the Kurchatov Institute (Journal of Imaging)
  • Stepwise oxygenation of the Paleozoic atmosphere (Nature Communications)
  • The Sirius Passet Lagerstätte of North Greenland—A geochemical window on early Cambrian low-oxygen environments and ecosystems (Geobiology)
  • Palaeocene–Eocene carbon isotopic excursion from the shallow-marine-carbonate sequence of northeast India: Implications on the CIE magnitude and geometry (Journal of Earth System Science)
  • Coupled microbial bloom and oxygenation decline recorded by magnetofossils during the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (Nature Communications)
  • The other biodiversity record: Innovations in animal-substrate interactions through geologic time (GSA Today)
  • River Systems and the Anthropocene: A Late Pleistocene and Holocene Timeline for Human Influence (Quaternary)
  • Can secondary contact following range expansion be distinguished from barriers to gene flow? (PeerJ)
  • Ediacaran scavenging as a prelude to predation (Emerging Topics in Life Science)
  • Developmental studies provide new insights into the evolution of sense organs in Sabellariidae (Annelida) (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Anamorphic development and extended parental care in a 520 million-year-old stem-group euarthropod from China (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • A new species of Dignomus Wollaston (Coleoptera: Ptinidae) from Eocene Baltic amber (Zootaxa)
  • Environmental distribution of post-Palaeozoic crinoids from the Iberian and south-Pyrenean basins, NE Spain (APP)
  • A fish and tetrapod fauna from Romer’s Gap preserved in Scottish Tournaisian floodplain deposits (Palaeontology)
  • Neogene Paratethyan croakers (Teleostei, Scienidae) (RIPS)
  • Osteology of a forelimb of an aetosaur Stagonolepis olenkae (Archosauria: Pseudosuchia: Aetosauria) from the Krasiejów locality in Poland and its probable adaptations for a scratch-digging behavior (PeerJ)
  • Archosauromorph extinction selectivity across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary (Palaeontology)
  • The turtles from the upper Eocene, Osona County (Ebro Basin, Catalonia, Spain): new material and its faunistic and environmental context (Fossil Record)
  • large-sized basal ankylopollexian from East Asia, shedding light on early biogeographic history of Iguanodontia (Science Bulletin)
  • X-ray computed tomography (XCT) and chemical analysis (EDX and XRF) used in conjunction for cultural conservation: the case of the earliest scientifically described dinosaur Megalosaurus bucklandii (Heritage Science)
  • Biological inclusions in amber from the Paleogene Chickaloon Formation of Alaska (American Museum novitates)
  • Morphological adaptations for relatively larger brains in hummingbird skulls (Ecology and Evolution)
  • Trace fossils and fluvial-lacustrine ichnofacies of the Eocene Uinta and Duchesne River Formations, northern Uinta Basin, Utah (Geology of the Intermountain West)
  • A Review of locomotor diversity in mammals with analyses exploring the influence of substrate use, body mass and intermembral index in primates (Journal of Zoology)
  • Evolutionary history of the endemic water shrew Neomys anomalus: Recurrent phylogeographic patterns in semi‐aquatic mammals of the Iberian Peninsula (Ecology and Evolution)
  • Oldest ctenodactyloid tarsals from the Eocene of China and evolution of locomotor adaptations in early rodents (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Looking for the key to preservation of fossil marine vertebrates in the Pisco Formation of Peru: new insights from a small dolphin skeleton (Andean Geology)
  • Distinct Predatory Behaviors in Scimitar- and Dirk-Toothed Sabertooth Cats (Current Biology)
  • Two medium-sized deinotheres (Proboscidea: Mammalia) from the Miocene rocks of Eastern Carpathians Foreland (Romania) (Geological Quarterly)
  • Tooth crown tissue proportions and enamel thickness in Early Pleistocene Homo antecessor molars (Atapuerca, Spain) (PLOS ONE)
  • The Middle Pleistocene (MIS 12) human dental remains from Fontana Ranuccio (Latium) and Visogliano (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Italy. A comparative high resolution endostructural assessment (PLOS ONE)
  • Maternal genetic features of the Iron Age Tagar population from Southern Siberia (1st millennium BC) (PLOS ONE)
  • Molecular archaeoparasitology identifies cultural changes in the Medieval Hanseatic trading centre of Lübeck (ProcB)
  • Predicting academic career outcomes by predoctoral publication record (PeerJ)

PrePrints and PostPrints:


Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

Meetings:

  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
    • The 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress: new abstract deadline, and registration payment methods (SVPOW)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

Events:

Announcements:

  • Help take Open Science to the next level – become a PeerJ Ambassador (PeerJ)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Where did broadleaved evergreen trees survive during the last glacial period in Japan? (Link)
  • Favorite Maniraptor of 2017 Results (Raptormaniacs)
  • Ledumahadi mafube (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Fossil Friday – hadrosaur jacket update (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • New Titleholder for the Largest Bird of All Time (Laelaps)
  • Following in the Steps of a Peculiar Protomammal (Laelaps)
  • Lions in the Carpathians (Synapsida)

Methods and Musings:

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • You have been summoned! Announcing the SummonENGH 2018 Paleoart Contest (SVPOW)
  • Vintage Dinosaur Art: My Favorite Dinosaurs – Part 2 (LITC)
  • Predentaries: A Poem (An Anatomist’s Guide)
  • When Dinosaurs Attac (LITC)

 


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Fossil Friday Roundup: September 28, 2018

Featured Image: Pachycormus from Strawberry Bank. Right lateral view of BRLSI M1297. From Cawley et al. (2018). CC-BY

Papers (All Open Access):

  • A centuries-long delay between a paleo-ice-shelf collapse and grounding-line retreat in the Whales Deep Basin, eastern Ross Sea, Antarctica (Scientific Reports)
  • Genus Pronephrium Presl 1851 (Thelypteridaceae) in Romania (Journal of Palaeogeography)
  • A new fossil assemblage shows that large angiosperm trees grew in North America by the Turonian (Late Cretaceous) (Science Advances)
  • A new pollen classification of Chenopodiaceae for exploring and tracing desert vegetation evolution in the eastern central Asia (Journal of Systematics and Evolution
  • Occurrence of Brachyoxylon Hollick et Jeffrey from the Lower Cretaceous of Zhejiang Province, southeastern China (Journal of Palaeogeography)
  • The evolution of fruit colour: phylogeny, abiotic factors and the role of mutualists (Scientific Reports)
  • A Cambrian unarmoured lobopodian, †Lenisambulatrix humboldti gen. et sp. nov., compared with new material of †Diania cactiformis (Scientific Reports)
  • The Oligocene mollusc types of Gaetano Rovereto from Santa Giustina and Sassello (NW Italy) (Carnets Geol.)
  • New mud dragons from Svalbard: three new species of Cristaphyes and the first Arctic species of Pycnophyes (Kinorhyncha: Allomalorhagida: Pycnophyidae) (PeerJ)
  • A new species of Globicornis Latreille (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) from Baltic amber, with a key to fossil species (Zootaxa)
  • Emergence and early radiation of cyrtocrinids, with new species from a Lower to Middle Jurassic rock reef of Feuguerolles (Normandy, France) (Swiss Journal of Paleontology)
  • First record of Holothuria (Metriatyla) scabra Jaeger, 1833 (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) from the coastal waters of the United Arab Emirates (PeerJ)
  • The stem group teleost Pachycormus (Pachycormiformes: Pachycormidae) from the Upper Lias (Lower Jurassic) of Strawberry Bank, UK (PalZ)
  • A Giant Dinosaur from the Earliest Jurassic of South Africa and the Transition to Quadrupedality in Early Sauropodomorphs (Current Biology)
  • First occurrence of Parksosauridae in Mexico, from the Cerro del Pueblo Formation (Late Cretaceous; late Campanian) at Las Águilas, Coahuila (Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana)
  • Exceptional dinosaur fossils reveal early origin of avian-style digestion (Scientific Reports)
  • Lower Cretaceous sauropod trackways from Lishui City and an overview of dinosaur dominated track assemblages from Zhejiang Province, China (Journal of Palaeogeography)
  • Unexpected diversity within the extinct elephant birds (Aves: Aepyornithidae) and a new identity for the world’s largest bird (RSOS)
  • Size dimorphism and sexual segregation in pheasants: tests of three competing hypotheses (PeerJ)
  • Identifying Past Remains of Morphologically Similar Vole Species Using Molar Shapes (Quaternary)
  • New Insights into the LGM and LG in Southern France (Vaucluse): The Mustelids, Micromammals and Horses from Coulet des Roches (Quaternary)
  • Dietary niches of terrestrial cercopithecines from the Plio-Pleistocene Shungura Formation, Ethiopia: evidence from Dental Microwear Texture Analysis (Scientific Reports)
  • New records of the archaic dolphin Agorophius (Mammalia: Cetacea) from the upper Oligocene Chandler Bridge Formation of South Carolina, USA (PeerJ)
  • Late Miocene proboscideans from Samos Island (Greece) revisited: new specimens from old collections (PalZ)
  • Diet and species-specific oxygen isotope relationship and isotope spacing between structural carbonate and phosphate in archaeology mammalian bones (Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences)
  • New omomyoids (Euprimates, Mammalia) from the late Uintan of southern California, USA, and the question of the extinction of the Paromomyidae (Plesiadapiformes, Primates) (PalaeoE)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Illustrating phylogenetic placement of fossils using RoguePlots: An example from ichneumonid parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) and an extensive morphological matrix (bioRXiv)
  • A large neosuchian crocodyliform from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) Woodbine Formation of North Texas (PaleorXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

Meetings:

  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
    • The 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress: new abstract deadline, and registration payment methods (SVPOW)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

Events:


News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:


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Fossil Friday Roundup: September 21, 2018

Featured Image: Molfetta dinosaur tracks, photogrammetry derived 3D models and interpretations; 1-2, DEM and contour line map of a theropod footprint (contour lines have an interval of 0.2 cm). From Petti et al. (2018). CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Quantifying the dark data in museum fossil collections as palaeontology undergoes a second digital revolution (Biology Letters)
  • Vegetation response to exceptional global warmth during Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 (Nature Communications)
  • Spirematospermum wetzleri (Heer) Chandler (Zingiberaceae) from the Miocene of Weichang, Hebei Province, North China and the phytogeographic history of the genus (Journal of Palaeogeography)
  • Subfossil trees suggest enhanced Mediterranean hydroclimate variability at the onset of the Younger Dryas (Scientific Reports)
  • Potential carbon storage in biochar made from logging residue: Basic principles and Southern Oregon case studies (PLOS ONE)
  • Paleoparasitology in Russia, history and prospects (PalaeoE)
  • Evolution of metazoan morphological disparity (PNAS)
  • New suspension-feeding radiodont suggests evolution of microplanktivory in Cambrian macronekton (Nature Communications)
  • The psychomyiid genus Palerasnitsynus (Insecta, Trichoptera) in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber (Palaeodiversity)
  • Systematics of the genus Aphrophila Edwards with description of fifteen new species (Diptera: Tipulomorpha: Limoniidae) (Zootaxa)
  • Diversity of the Crinocheta (Crustacea, Isopoda, Oniscidea) from Early Miocene Chiapas amber, Mexico (Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geológicas)
  • Redescription of three syringothyridid brachiopod species from the lower Carboniferous of the South Kitakami Belt, Japan (Sci. Rep. Niigata Univ. (Geology))
  • Middle Permian (Wordian) brachiopod fauna from Matsukawa, South Kitakami Belt, Japan, Part 2 (Sci. Rep., Niigata Univ. (Geology))
  • The origin of the Pycnodonteinae and relationship between gryphaeas and true pycnodontes (APP)
  • Drilling predation traces on recent limpets from northern Patagonia, Argentina (PalaeoE)
  • Bryozoan genera Fenestrulina and Microporella no longer confamilial; multi-gene phylogeny supports separation (Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society)
  • The first report of terrestrial Petroxestes from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation, western Liaoning, China (Journal of Palaeogeography)
  • New polybranchiaspiform fishes (Agnatha: Galeaspida) from the Middle Palaeozoic of China and their ecomorphological implications (PLOS ONE)
  • An examination of the Devonian fishes of Michigan (PeerJ)
  • Natural history and molecular evolution of demersal Mediterranean sharks and skates inferred by comparative phylogeographic and demographic analyses (PeerJ)
  • Evolution in chronic cold: varied loss of cellular response to heat in Antarctic notothenioid fish (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Effect of climate change on distribution of species of common horned frogs in South America (PLOS ONE)
  • A phylogenetic taxonomy of the Cyrtodactylus peguensis group (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) with descriptions of two new species from Myanmar (PeerJ)
  • Carcharodontosaurian remains (Dinosauria, Theropoda) from the Upper Jurassic of Portugal (Journal of Paleontology)
  • Juvenile spinosaurs (Theropoda: Spinosauridae) from the middle Cretaceous of Morocco and implications for spinosaur ecology (Cretaceous Research)
  • First endocranial description of a South American hadrosaurid: The neuroanatomy of Secernosaurus koerneri from the Late Cretaceous of Argentina (APP)
  • The use of aerial and close-range photogrammetry in the study of dinosaur tracksites: Lower Cretaceous (upper Aptian/lower Albian) Molfetta ichnosite (Apulia, southern Italy) (PalaeoE)
  • A new Eocene anagalid (Mammalia: Euarchontoglires) from Mongolia and its implications for the group’s phylogeny and dispersal (Scientific Reports)
  • Short-tailed mice with a long fossil record: the genus Leggadina (Rodentia: Muridae) from the Quaternary of Queensland, Australia (PeerJ)
  • Testing hypotheses for the function of the carnivoran baculum using finite-element analysis (ProcB)
  • Karnatukul (Serpent’s Glen): A new chronology for the oldest site in Australia’s Western Desert (PLOS ONE)
  • Maternal genetic features of the Iron Age Tagar population from Southern Siberia (1st millennium BC) (PLOS ONE)
  • Spatial scale changes the relationship between beta diversity, species richness and latitude (RSOS)
  • Is biodiversity aging? Heuristic questions on the taxonomic diversity in the Phanerozoic (Biodiversity Journal)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • A re-interpretation of the ambulacral system of Eumorphocystis (Blastozoa: Echinodermata) and its bearing on the evolution of early crinoids (PaleorXiv)
  • A new Lower Cretaceous ichthyosaur from Russia reveals skull shape conservatism within Ophthalmosaurinae (PaleorXiv)
  • Hypothesis: Avian flight originated in arboreal archosaurs gliding on membranous wings (PeerJ)
  • Bayesian tip dating reveals heterogeneous morphological clocks in Mesozoic birds (bioRXiv)
  • Detecting archaic introgression using an unadmixed outgroup (PLOS ONE)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

Meetings:

  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
    • The 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress: new abstract deadline, and registration payment methods (SVPOW)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

Events:


News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Researchers find Holy Grail of palaeontology – 558 million-year-old fat reveals earliest known animal (Link)
  • The tyrannosaurus from the Southern Hemisphere (Letters from Gondwana)
  • Why did dinosaurs get so big? (Discover Wildlife)
  • A mystery dinosaur in the nation’s basement (Washington Post)
  • Following in the Steps of a Peculiar Protomammal (Laelaps)
  • What makes a mammal a mammal? Our spine, say scientists (NSF)
  • Tiny fossils reveal how shrinking was essential for successful evolution (Link)
  • Modified Munchies of Many Mouse-eared Myotises (Synapsida)
  • Specimen of the week 359: The Infant Elephant Molar (UCL Blogs)

Methods and Musings:

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:


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Fossil Friday Roundup: September 14, 2018

Featured Image: Reconstruction in sketch of Yizhousaurus in left lateral view (drawn by Xiao-Cong Guo), regions in red rim represent absent elements. From Zhang et al. (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Stratigraphic signatures of mass extinctions: ecological and sedimentary determinants (Proc B)
  • Anatomy of the Ediacaran rangeomorph Charnia masoni (Papers in Palaeontology)
  • The middle Miocene palynofloras of the Salihpaşalar lignite mine (Yatağan Basin, southwest Anatolia): environmental characterisation and comparison with palynofloras from adjacent basins (Palaobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments)
  • Early Cretaceous angiosperm leaves from the Dakota Formation, Hoisington III locality, Kansas, USA (PalaeoE)
  • The first report of Cryptocaryoxylon from the Neogene (Early Miocene) of Eurasia (Easter Mediterranean: Lesbos and Lemnos Islands, Greece) (Fossil Imprint)
  • A reappraisal of the genus Tethyrhynchia Logan, 1994 (Rhynchonellida, Brachiopoda): a conflict between phylogenies obtained from morphological characters and molecular data (Zootaxa)
  • Taxonomy and Palaeoecology of Continental Gastropoda (Mollusca) from the Late Pleistocene Mammoth-Bearing Site of Bullendorf from NE Austria (RIPS)
  • Quantitative analysis of suture lines in Carboniferous ammonoids (Fossil Record)
    Halloween genes in panarthropods and the evolution of the early moulting pathway in Ecdysozoa (RSOS)
  • Ras-dva small GTPases lost during evolution of amniotes regulate regeneration in anamniotes (SciRep)
  • A new alvarezsaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Qiupa Formation of Luanchuan, Henan Province, central China (China Geology)
  • A new sauropodiform dinosaur with a ‘sauropodan’ skull from the Lower Jurassic Lufeng Formation of Yunnan Province, China (Scientific Reports)
  • The first photographs of a dinosaur excavation in Europe: Emile Savalle and the stegosaur from Octeville (Normandy, 1898) (Colligo)
  • Pappocricetodontinae (Rodentia, Muridae) from the Paleogene of south-east Serbia (Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments)
  • Austropediomys marshalli gen et sp. nov., a new Pediomyoidea (Mammalia, Metatheria) from the Paleogene of Brazil: Paleobiogeographic implications (Rev. Brasileira de Paleontologia)
  • A Description of Two New Species of the Genus Rucervus (Cervidae, Mammalia) from the Early Pleistocene of Southeast Europe, with Comments on Hominin and South Asian Ruminants Dispersals (Quaternary)
  • A close relative of the Amazon river dolphin in marine deposits: a new Iniidae from the late Miocene of Angola (PeerJ)
  • Large species within carnivora are large carnivores (RSOS)
  • Impact of climate change on the transition of Neanderthals to modern humans in Europe (PNAS)
  • Early Holocene human presence in Madagascar evidenced by exploitation of avian megafauna (Science Advances)
  • Tuberculosis in post-contact Native Americans of Brazil: Paleopathological and paleogenetic evidence from the Tenetehara-Guajajara (PLOS ONE)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • New data on the palaeobiogeography of Early Jurassic marine reptiles: the Toarcian ichthyosaur fauna of the Vocontian Basin (SE France) (PaleorXiv)
  • A basal thunnosaurian from Iraq reveals disparate phylogenetic origins for Cretaceous ichthyosaurs (PaleorXiv)
  • Ichthyosaurs from the French Rhaetian indicate a severe turnover across the Triassic–Jurassic boundary (PaleorXiv)
  • Simbirskiasaurus and Pervushovisaurus reassessed: implications for the taxonomy and cranial osteology of Cretaceous platypterygiine ichthyosaurs (PaleorXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

Meetings:

  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

Events:


News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Yizhousaurus sunae (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • How Sea Dragons Carved Up the Prehistoric Oceans (Laelaps)
  • Second hump-nosed spike-thumbed dinosaur discovered in Mongolia (Earth Archives)
  • The proximal caudals of Brachiosaurus altithorax, FMNH P25107 (SVPOW)
  • Fossil Whale Bones Record Prehistoric Shark Bites (Laelaps)
  • Episode 43 – The Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI) (Common Descent)
  • The Pig Family: Peccaries Are Not Pigs (Synapsida)
  • Fossil Friday – camel tooth (Valley of the Mastodon)

Methods and Musings:

  • Imposter syndrome revisited (SVPOW)

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Cam Muskelly, Citizen Scientist and Paleontology/Geology Educator (Time Scavengers)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:


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Fossil Friday Roundup: September 7, 2018

Featured Image: Metaceratodus ellioti teeth, Kemp, QM F14971 (Photo: Rodney Berrell). From Fletcher et al. (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Episodic Sedimentary Evolution of an Alluvial Fan (Huangshui Catchment, NE Tibetan Plateau) (Quaternary)
  • The palaeoenvironment of the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian–Turonian) portion of the Winton Formation, Queensland, Australia (PeerJ)
  • Discussion meeting issue ‘Hyperthermals: rapid and extreme global warming in our geological past’ compiled and edited by Gavin L. Foster, Pincelli Hull, Daniel J. Lunt and James C. Zachos (ProcA)
  • Middle Holocene plant cultivation on the Atlantic Forest coast of Brazil? (RSOS)
  • Sixty-one thousand recent planktonic foraminifera from the Atlantic Ocean (Scientific Data)
  • A new evidence of passing the Maastichtian–Paleocene boundary by larger benthic foraminifers: The case of Elazigina from the Maastrichtian Tarbur Formation of Iran (APP)
  • Little lasting impact of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum on shallow marine molluscan faunas (Science Advances)
  • Middle-Late Triassic insect radiation revealed by diverse fossils and isotopic ages from China (Science Advances)
  • The first Caipirasuchus (Mesoeucrocodylia, Notosuchia) from the Late Cretaceous of Minas Gerais, Brazil: new insights on sphagesaurid anatomy and taxonomy (PeerJ)
  • Origin and hidden diversity within the poorly known Galápagos snake radiation (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) (SysBio)
  • But they move! Vicariance and dispersal in southern South America: Using two methods to reconstruct the biogeography of a clade of lizards endemic to South America (PLOS ONE)
  • A Comparison of the Dinosaur Communities from the Middle Jurassic of the Cleveland (Yorkshire) and Hebrides (Skye) Basins, Based on Their Ichnites (Geosciences)
  • Morphology of the petrosal and stapes of Borealestes (Mammaliaformes, Docodonta) from the Middle Jurassic of Skye, Scotland (Papers in Palaeontology)
  • Carcharocles-bitten odontocete caudal vertebrae from the Coastal Eastern United States (APP)
  • Synopsis of the terrestrial vertebrate faunas from the Middle Kura Basin (Eastern Georgia and Western Azerbaijan, South Caucasus) (APP)
  • Early Holocene morphological variation in hunter-gatherer hands and feet (PeerJ)
  • Comparing apples and oranges: Why infant bone collagen may not reflect dietary intake in the same way as dentine collagen (PeerJ)
  • Thank you to our authors, reviewers, and readers (Communications Biology)
  • The overkill model and its impact on environmental research (Ecology and Evolution)
  • Dynamic structure and composition of bone investigated by nanoscale infrared spectroscopy (PLOS ONE)
  • Allometry predicts trabecular bone structural properties in the carnivoran jaw joint (PLOS ONE)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • A forefin of Leptonectes solei from the Lower Jurassic (Pliensbachian) of Dorset, UK (PaleorXiv)
  • Refining the interpretation of oxygen isotope variability in free-swimming organisms (PaleorXiv)
  • The first definite record of a Valanginian ichthyosaur and its implications on the evolution of post-Liassic Ichthyosauria (PaleorXiv)
  • A new Barremian (Early Cretaceous) ichthyosaur from western Russia (PaleorXiv)
  • The multi-peak adaptive landscape of crocodylomorph body size evolution (BioRXiv)
  • New cheloniellid arthropod with large raptorial appendages from the Silurian of Wisconsin, USA (BioRXiv)
  • Assessing alignment-based taxonomic classification of ancient microbial DNA (PeerJ)
  • Palaeobiological inferences based on long bone epiphyseal and diaphyseal structure – the forelimb of xenarthrans (Mammalia) (BioRXiv)
  • Reversing Time Averaging and Reconstructing Extinction Rates with Approaches from Image Processing (BioRXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

Meetings:

  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

Events:


News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:

  • Full comments about ‘Plan S’ and the future of Open Access in Europe (GTV)
  • I’m Moving…To a New Website! (SWSMLB)
  • 400th Synapsida (Synapsida)
  • Do we need an Open Science coalition? (GTV)
  • Rethinking Living Fossils (Extinct)
  • This Mesozoic Month (LITC)
  • Want to succeed in research? Passion is key! (PLOS ECR Community)

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:


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Fossil Friday Roundup: August 31, 2018

Featured Image: Lower first molars of the type specimen of D. carinthiacus (LMK-Pal 5508) in occlusal view. From Fuss et al. (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • The Alboran volcanic-arc modulated the Messinian faunal exchange and salinity crisis (Scientific Reports)
  • Marine microorganisms as amber inclusions: insights from coastal forests of New Caledonia (Fossil Record)
  • Amber in prehistoric Iberia: New data and a review (PLOS ONE)
  • Charophytes from the Upper Cretaceous to probably Paleocene Jiaozhou Formation in the Jiaolai Basin (Eastern China) (Acta Geologica Sinica)
  • Plant silicon and phytolith research and the Earth-life superdiscipline (Frontiers in Plant Science)
  • Macrofossil evidence unveiling evolution of male cones in Ephedraceae (Gnetidae) (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • The Rapoport effect and the climatic variability hypothesis in Early Jurassic ammonites (Palaeontology)
  • Parasitoid biology preserved in mineralized fossils (Nature Communications)
  • A new lower actinopterygian fish from the Upper Mississippian Bluefield Formation of West Virginia, USA (PeerJ)
  • Faunal composition and paleoenvironment of the Arundel Clay (Potomac Formation; Early Cretaceous), Maryland, USA (PalaeoE)
  • Palaeobatrachid frog from the late Miocene of Northern Caucasus, Russia (PalaeoE)
  • Eocene Western European endemic genus Thaumastosaurus: new insights into the question “Are the Ranidae known prior to the Oligocene?” (PeerJ)
  • Anatomical notes and discussion of the first described aetosaur Stagonolepis robertsoni (Archosauria: Suchia) from the Upper Triassic of Europe, and the use of plesiomorphies in aetosaur biochronology (PeerJ)
  • The Middle Triassic procolophonid Kapes bentoni: computed tomography of the skull and skeleton (Papers in Paleontology)
  • Articulated avian remains from the early Oligocene of Poland adds to our understanding of Passerine evolution (PalaeoE)
  • Evolution of pollination by frugivorous birds in Neotropical Myrtaceae (PeerJ)
  • A well-preserved partial scapula from Japan and the reconstruction of the triosseal canal of plotopterids (PeerJ)
  • Adaptive evolution of synchronous egg-hatching in compensation for the loss of parental care (ProcB)
  • Bony pseudoteeth of extinct pelagic birds (Aves, Odontopterygiformes) formed through a response of bone cells to tooth-specific epithelial signals under unique conditions (Scientific Reports)
  • The temnospondyl Parotosuchus nasutus (v. Meyer, 1858) from the Early Triassic Middle Buntsandstein of Germany (Palaeodiversity)
  • Contribution to the validity and taxonomic status of the European fossil shrew Sorex subaraneus and the origin of Sorex araneus (Soricidae, Eulipotyphla, Insectivora, Mammalia) (PalaeoE)
  • Sagittal plane fore hoof unevenness is associated with fore and hindlimb asymmetrical force vectors in the sagittal and frontal planes (PLOS ONE)
  • Multiproxy evidence for leaf-browsing and closed habitats in extinct proboscideans (Mammalia, Proboscidea) from Central Chile (PNAS)
  • Analyses of ovarian activity reveal repeated evolution of post-reproductive lifespans in toothed whales (Scientific Reports)
  • On the relationship between maxillary molar root shape and jaw kinematics in Australopithecus africanus and Paranthropus robustus (RSOS)
  • Using machine learning to classify extant apes and interpret the dental morphology of the chimpanzee-human last common ancestor (PaleoBios)
  • mpact of climate change on the transition of Neanderthals to modern humans in Europe (PNAS)
  • Earliest evidence of caries lesion in hominids reveal sugar-rich diet for a Middle Miocene dryopithecine from Europe (PLOS ONE)
  • Virtual reconstruction of the Upper Palaeolithic skull from Zlatý Kůň, Czech Republic: Sex assessment and morphological affinity (PLOS ONE)
  • A simple method for data partitioning based on relative evolutionary rates (PeerJ)
  • The fastest animals and vehicles are neither the biggest nor the fastest over lifetime (Scientific Reports)
  • Dispersal mode and spatial extent influence distance-decay patterns in pond metacommunities (PLOS ONE)
  • Species diversity rises exponentially with the number of available resources in a multi-trait competition model (ProcB)
  • Physical foundations of biological complexity (PNAS)
  • Thirty two years of continuous assessment reveal first year university biology students in Australia are rapidly abandoning beliefs in theistic involvement in human origins (Evolution: Education and Outreach)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Genotyping-by-sequencing and ecological niche modeling illuminate phylogeography, admixture, and Pleistocene range dynamics in quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) (PeerJ)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

Meetings:

  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

Events:

Resources and Newsletters:


News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Up to the Neck in Plesiosaurs (Laelaps)
  • What does it mean for a vertebra to be “horizontal”? (SVPOW)
  • When is a vertebra “horizontal”, part 2 (SVPOW)
  • Episode 42 – Spinosaurs (Common Descent)
  • Spinosaurus Was a Terrible Swimmer (Laelaps)
  • Dryosaurus elderae and the revenge of Nanosaurus agilis (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Fossil Friday – Invictarx zephyri (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Mammal Forerunner that Reproduced Like a Reptile Sheds Light on Brain Evolution (Link)
  • Unravelling the Evolutionary Relationships of a New Family of Eutherian Mammals (Inside the Royal Tyrrell Museum)
  • Miocene (Pt 9): The First Sabretooths in Europe (Synapsida)

Methods and Musings:

  • Preprints do not promote confusion or distortion in the public understanding of science (GTV)
  • Down in flames (SVPOW)

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Vintage Dinosaur Art: My Favorite Dinosaurs – Part 1 (LITC)

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Fossil Friday Roundup: August 24, 2018

Featured Image: Skull of referred specimen of Aetosauroides scagliai(UFSM 11505), right lateral view. From Biacchi Brust et al (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • What affects power to estimate speciation rate shifts? (PeerJ)
  • Young species of cupuladriid bryozoans occupied new Caribbean habitats faster than old species (Scientific Reports)
  • A new genus of fungus weevils (Coleoptera: Anthribidae) in Rovno amber (Fossil Record)
  • Description of a Cretaceous amber fossil putatively of the tribe Coprophilini (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Oxytelinae) (ZooKeys)
  • Diverse Cretaceous larvae reveal the evolutionary and behavioural history of antlions and lacewings (Nature Communications)
  • The vertebrate middle and inner ear: A short overview (Journal of Morphology)
  • First fossil record of Atherinella sp. (Pisces, Teleostei, Atherinopsidae) from the Lower Pliocene of Costa Rica, Central America (Revista Geológica de América Central)
  • Where does diversity come from? Linking geographical patterns of morphological, genetic, and environmental variation in wall lizards (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Parahelicops, Pararhabdophis, paraphyly : phylogenetic relationships among certain Southeast Asian natricine snakes (Hebius). (American Museum novitates)
  • Paleoneuroanatomy of the aetosaur Neoaetosauroides engaeus (Archosauria: Pseudosuchia) and its paleobiological implications among archosauriforms (PeerJ)
  • Osteology of the first skull of Aetosauroides scagliai Casamiquela 1960 (Archosauria: Aetosauria) from the Upper Triassic of southern Brazil (Hyperodapedon Assemblage Zone) and its phylogenetic importance (PLOS ONE)
  • A new nodosaurid ankylosaur (Dinosauria: Thyreophora) from the Upper Cretaceous Menefee Formation of New Mexico (PeerJ)
  • The distinctive theropod assemblage of the Ellisdale site of New Jersey and its implications for North American dinosaur ecology and evolution during the Cretaceous (Journal of Paleontology)
  • An Intermediate Incubation Period and Primitive Brooding in a Theropod Dinosaur (Scientific Reports)
  • A photo documentation of bipedal ornithischian dinosaurs from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation, USA (Geology of the Intermountain West)
  • Two Early Cretaceous Fossils Document Transitional Stages in Alvarezsaurian Dinosaur Evolution (Current Biology)
  • The First Discovery of the Easternmost Jehol Biota from Southeastern Jilin, China (Acta Geologica Sinica)
  • Allqokirus australis (Sparassodonta, Metatheria) from the early Palaeocene of Tiupampa (Bolivia) and the rise of the metatherian carnivorous radiation in South America (Geodiversitas)
  • Morphology and evolution of sesamoid elements in bats (Mammalia, Chiroptera) (American Museum novitates)
  • Climate-driven ecological stability as a globally shared cause of Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions: the Plaids and Stripes Hypothesis (Biological Reviews)
  • Geomorphological evidence of large vertebrates interacting with the seafloor at abyssal depths in a region designated for deep-sea mining (RSOS)
  • Fossil lemurs from Egypt and Kenya suggest an African origin for Madagascar’s aye-aye (Nature Communications)
  • Manual restrictions on Palaeolithic technological behaviours (PeerJ)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Global cooling & the rise of modern grasslands: Revealing cause & effect of environmental change on insect diversification dynamics (bioRXiv)
  • Crustaceans in cold seep ecosystems: fossil record, geographic distribution, taxonomic composition, and biology (PaleorXiv)
  • Morphological evolution of the skull roof in extinct temnospondyl amphibians mirrors conservative ontogenetic patterns (PaleorXiv)
  • A Reassessment of the Taxonomic Position of Mesosaurs Based on Two Data Matrices (bioRXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

Meetings:

  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

Events:


News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:

  • Conflicts didn’t kill me, but made me stronger (PLOS ECR Community)
  • A timescale for the origin and evolution of all of life on Earth (Link)
  • Creating a High-Resolution Biostratigraphy (Time Scavengers)
  • The state of the art in peer review (GTV)

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Acadia National Park Geology (Time Scavengers)
  • Dinosaurs in the Wild (Raptormaniacs)
  • Prehistoric Beast Visits The Last American Dinosaurs at the National Museum (PBW)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:


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Fossil Friday Roundup: August 17, 2018

Featured Image: Spinosaurus aegypticus model. From Henderson (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Specifying the External Impact on Fluvial Lowland Evolution: The Last Glacial Tisza (Tisa) Catchment in Hungary and Serbi (Quaternary)
  • Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene (PNAS)
  • Palaeoecology of the Upper Tournaisian (Mississippian) crinoidal limestones from South Belgium (Geologica Belgica)
  • Evolutionary history of plant hosts and fungal symbionts predicts the strength of mycorrhizal mutualism (Communications Biology)
  • Palaeozoic giant dragonflies were hawker predators (Scientific Reports)
  • Beetle Pollination of Cycads in the Mesozoic (Current Biology)
  • A Late Cretaceous amber biota from central Myanmar (Nature Communications)
  • The shark-tuna dichotomy: why tuna lay tiny eggs but sharks produce large offspring (RSOS)
  • A giant dapediid from the Late Triassic of Switzerland and insights into neopterygian phylogeny (RSOS)
  • Fossil snakes (Squamata, Serpentes) from the tar pits of Venezuela: taxonomic, palaeoenvironmental, and palaeobiogeographical implications for the North of South America during the Cenozoic/Quaternary boundary (PeerJ)
  • The palate and choanae structure of the Susisuchus anatoceps (Crocodyliformes, Eusuchia): phylogenetic implications (PeerJ)
  • A New Fossil Species of Boa Linnaeus, 1758 (Squamata, Boidae), from the Pleistocene of Marie-Galante Island (French West Indies) (JVP)
  • First report of Leptonectes (Ichthyosauria: Leptonectidae) from the Lower Jurassic (Pliensbachian) of Asturias, northern Spain (PalaeoE)
  • Description of a multitaxic bone assemblage from the Upper Triassic Post Quarry of Texas (Dockum Group) including a new small basal dinosauriform taxon (Historia Natural)
  • A buoyancy, balance and stability challenge to the hypothesis of a semi-aquatic Spinosaurus Stromer, 1915 (Dinosauria: Theropoda) (PeerJ)
  • The Endocranial Cavity of Oviraptorosaur Dinosaurs and the Increasingly Complex, Deep History of the Avian Brain (Brain, Behavior and Evolution)
  • Testosterone in ancient hair from an extinct species (Palaeontology)
  • Correction: Body-size structure of Central Iberian mammal fauna reveals semidesertic conditions during the middle Miocene Global Cooling Event (PLOS ONE)
  • The divergence and dispersal of early perissodactyls as evidenced by early Eocene equids from Asia (Communications Biology)
  • Possible predator avoidance behaviour of hominins in South Africa (South African Journal of Science)
  • The evolutionary roles of nutrition selection and dietary quality in the human brain size and encephalization (Nutrire)
  • Ribcage measurements indicate greater lung capacity in Neanderthals and Lower Pleistocene hominins compared to modern humans (Communications Biology)
  • Acheulean technology and landscape use at Dawadmi, central Arabia (PLOS ONE)
  • Microevolutionary processes impact macroevolutionary patterns (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Rethinking Living Fossils (BioScience)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Modern botanical analogue of endangered Yak (Bos mutus) dung from India: Plausible linkage with living and extinct megaherbivores (bioRXiv)
  • Tertiary dentine frequencies in extant great apes and fossil hominins (PeerJ)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

Meetings:

  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress, December 1–15, 2018 (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

Events:

Resources:


News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:

  • Scientists trace atmospheric rise in CO2 during deglaciation to deep Pacific Ocean (Link)
  • Learning from Past Climate Changes (Letters from Gondwana)
  • CT scanning a caudal vertebra of Diplodocus (SVPOW)
  • How long would it take to buy Elsevier instead of APCs or subscriptions? (SVPOW)
  • Episode 93: The History of Palaeontological Outreach (Palaeocast)
  • Flugsaurier 2018 – Los Angeles (Musings of a Clumsy Palaeontologist)

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

Art, Books, Culture, Fun:


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Fossil Friday Roundup: August 10, 2018

Featured Image: Triassic pentadactyl tracks from Argentina. From Citton et al. (2018). CC-BY. 

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Cambrian petalonamid Stromatoveris phylogenetically links Ediacaran biota to later animals (Palaeontology)
  • Salvinialean megaspores in the Late Cretaceous of southern Patagonia, Argentina (APP)
  • Early Triassic Griesbachian microbial mounds in the Upper Yangtze Region, southwest China: Implications for biotic recovery from the latest Permian mass extinction (PLOS ONE)
  • A three-dimensionally preserved lobopodian from the Herefordshire (Silurian) Lagerstätte, UK (RSOS)
  • A new megaspilid wasp from Eocene Baltic amber (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronoidea), with notes on two non-ceraphronoid families: Radiophronidae and Stigmaphronidae (PeerJ)
  • Phylogeography of the gall-inducing micromoth Eucecidoses minutanus Brèthes (Cecidosidae) reveals lineage diversification associated with the Neotropical Peripampasic Orogenic Arc (PLOS ONE)
  • Tooth mineralization and histology patterns in extinct and extant snaggletooth sharks, Hemipristis (Carcharhiniformes, Hemigaleidae)—Evolutionary significance or ecological adaptation? (PLOS ONE)
  • New insights on the only bothremydid turtle (Pleurodira) identified in the British record: Palemys bowerbankii new combination (PalaeoE)
  • Fossil land tortoises (Testudines, Testudinidae) from the Dominican Republic, West Indies, with a description of a new species. (American Museum novitates)
  • Triassic pentadactyl tracks from the Los Menucos Group (Río Negro province, Patagonia Argentina): possible constraints on the autopodial posture of Gondwanan trackmakers (PeerJ)
  • An unusual association of hadrosaur and therizinosaur tracks within Late Cretaceous rocks of Denali National Park, Alaska (Scientific Reports)
  • A new species of Pliocene shearwater (Aves: Procellariidae) from New Zealand (Tuhinga)
  • Pleistocene non-passeriform landbirds from Shiriya, northeast Japan (APP)
  • Morphological variation under domestication: how variable are chickens? (RSOS)
  • Evidence of diphyodonty and heterochrony for dental development in euharamiyidan mammals from Jurassic Yanliao Biota (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)
  • The Paradise Lost of Milia (Grevena, Greece; Late Pliocene, Early Villafranchian, MN15/MN16a): Faunal Composition and Diversity (Quaternary)
  • A dwarf walrus from the Miocene of Baja California Sur, Mexico (RSOS)
  • A Villafranchian Hipparion-Bearing Mammal Fauna from Sésklo (E. Thessaly, Greece): Implications for the Question of Hipparion–Equus Sympatry in Europe (Quaternary)
  • Fossil mammals from the Gondolin Dump A ex situ hominin deposits, South Africa (PeerJ)
  • PHYLACINE 1.2: The Phylogenetic Atlas of Mammal Macroecology (Ecology)
  • The air-abrasive technique: A re-evaluation of its use in fossil preparation (PalaeoE)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

Meetings:

  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Those fragrances you enjoy? Dinosaurs liked them first (Link)
  • Big Ordovician brachiopods: Strophomena and friends (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Crikey! We’re gonna need a bigger boat… (PLOS Paleo)
  • Something seems fishy here…warm blooded fish? (Time Scavengers)
  • First caudal vertebrae of the various Haplocanthosaurus specimens (SVPOW)
  • The Haplo project enjoys a brief interlude in realspace (SVPOW)
  • Ingentia: Prehistoric Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • When Protomammals Ruled Earth (Laelaps)
  • Fossil Friday – vole dentary (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • False Deer-Llamas of Bolivia (Synapsida)

Methods and Musings:

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

Art, Books, Culture, Fun:


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