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Fossil Friday Roundup: September 23, 2016

Papers (all Open Access):

  • Picking up the pieces: the digital reconstruction of a destroyed holotype from its serial section drawings (PalaeoE)
  • A Comprehensive Study of Cyanobacterial Morphological and Ecological Evolutionary Dynamics through Deep Geologic Time (PLOS ONE)
  • Windblown Pliocene diatoms and East Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat (Nature Comm)
  • The role of sea ice for vascular plant dispersal in the Arctic (Biology Letters)
  • Terrestrial mountain islands and Pleistocene climate fluctuations as motors for speciation: A case study on the genus Pseudovelia (Hemiptera: Veliidae) (SciRep)
  • Early Gnathostome Phylogeny Revisited: Multiple Method Consensus (PLOS ONE)
  • Dermal denticle patterning in the Cretaceous hybodont shark Tribodus limae (Euselachii, Hybodontiformes), and its implications for the evolution of patterning in the chondrichthyan dermal skeleton (JVP)
  • Redescription and Phylogenetic Placement of †Hemicalypterus weiri Schaeffer, 1967 (Actinopterygii, Neopterygii) from the Triassic Chinle Formation, Southwestern United States: New Insights into Morphology, Ecological Niche, and Phylogeny (PLOS ONE)
  • Contributions to the functional morphology of caudate skulls: kinetic and akinetic forms (PeerJ)
  • The first iguanian lizard from the Mesozoic of Africa (RSOS)
  • A Basal Tapejarine (Pterosauria; Pterodactyloidea; Tapejaridae) from the Crato Formation, Early Cretaceous of Brazil (PLOS ONE)
  • On the Morphological Description of Tracheal and Esophageal Displacement and Its Phylogenetic Distribution in Avialae (PLOS ONE)
  • Evolutionary morphology of the rabbit skull (PeerJ)
  • New beaked whales from the late Miocene of Peru and evidence for convergent evolution in stem and crown Ziphiidae (Cetacea, Odontoceti) (PeerJ)


  • Fossils preserved by Kansas chalk for eons will be digitized and shared via new NSF grant (Link)
  • Human remains found in hobbit cave (Link)
  • Almost all living people outside of Africa trace back to a single migration more than 50,000 years ago (Link)
  • New Ostrich-Mimic Dinosaur From Alberta Named for Its Ability to Evade Predators (Link)
  • Museum of the Earth at PRI gets $130k grant to highlight women in paleontology (Link)
  • American Alligator’s Lineage is More Ancient than Previously Thought (Link)
  • Paleontologists Discover “Dinosaur Death Trap” Full Of Complete Skeletons In Eastern Utah (Link)

Events and Society Updates:

  • Digital Data in Paleontological Research Workshop (Link)
  • 2016 SVP Women in Science Social (Link)
  • OpenCon 2016 (Link)

Around the Blogosphere:

Non-paleo blog posts of interest:

  • The Inevitable Evolution of Bad Science (The Atlantic)
  • Carl Zimmer on writing: “Don’t make a ship in a bottle” (Medium)

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