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Fossil Friday Roundup: July 8, 2016

Featured Image: U.S. Forest Service paleontologist Bruce Schumacher jacketing a mammoth tibia discovered in July 2015 in San Isabel National Forest. Image courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

Papers (all Open Access):

  • Ataxioceras (Ataxioceras) lopeztichae Cantú-Chapa, 1991: Updating the systematic and palaeobiogeographic interpretation (Palaeontologia Electronica)
  • Unveiling trampling history through trackway interferences and track preservational features: a case study from the Bletterbach gorge (Redagno, Western Dolomites, Italy) (Palaeontologia Electronica)
  • A dinosaurian facial deformity and the first occurrence of ameloblastoma in the fossil record (Scientific Reports)
  • High resolution images for ‘The anatomy and taxonomy of the exquisitely preserved Green River Formation (early Eocene) lithornithids (Aves) and the relationships of Lithornithidae (Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History)
  • End-Cretaceous extinction in Antarctica linked to both Deccan volcanism and meteorite impact via climate change (Nature Communications)
  • Visual pigments in a palaeognath bird, the emu Dromaius novaehollandiae: implications for spectral sensitivity and the origin of ultraviolet vision (Proc B)
  • Dental microwear reveals mammal-like chewing in the neoceratopsian dinosaurLeptoceratops gracilis (PeerJ)
  • The wings before the bird: an evaluation of flapping-based locomotory hypotheses in bird antecedents (PeerJ)
  • On the relationship between enamel band complexity and occlusal surface area in Equids (Mammalia, Perissodactyla) (PeerJ)
  • New information on the Wukongopteridae (Pterosauria) revealed by a new specimen from the Jurassic of China (PeerJ)
  • New occurrences of fossilized feathers: systematics and taphonomy of the Santana Formation of the Araripe Basin (Cretaceous), NE, Brazil (PeerJ)
  • Cambrian suspension-feeding tubicolous hemichordates (BMC Biology)


  • Pleistocene Life Discovered in San Isabel National Forest, Colorado (Link)
  • “Never knew I’d be able to find fossils in Qatar” (Link)
  • Saltville’s fossil beds continue to yield prehistoric surprises (Link)
  • New pterosaur had a snaggletooth jaw (Link)

Around the Blogosphere:

  • On the Quest for the Holy Grant, Ingrid Eisenstadter gives some sage advice, via Nature (Link)
  • Butterflies in the Time of Dinosaurs, With Nary a Flower in Sight, by Jennifer Frazer for Scientific American (Link)
  • Shaena Montanari discusses five fossils that are uniquely American (Link)
  • Tetrapod Zoology looks at the latest news from the world of rabbits (Link)
  • How to find the dinosaurs that hide inside modern birds (Link)
  • Taphonomic processes: Not just destructive by nature (Link)
  • Valley of the Mastodon explores the paleontology of the Capitan Reef Complex (Link)
  • What do trace fossils reveal about life 200 million years ago? (Link)
  • Is it time for scientists to retire the term ‘living fossil’? (Link)
  • Chew on this! Andy Farke sums up a new paper that finds mammal-like mastication in a dinosaur (Link)
  • Andrew Cuff summarizes the recent International Congress on Vertebrate Morphology (Link)
  • Alas de Pájaros en Ámbar! (Link) / Bird Wings in Amber (Link), by Eugenia Gold
  • Joyce Havstad notes that ideas get ossified, just like bones (Link)
  • Drepanosaurs were weird — but what were they really capable of? (Link)
  • Insects evolved farming long before humans ever dreamed it up. Andy Farke provides context for new work with the oldest verified farming termites. (Link)

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