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Fossil Friday Roundup: September, 30, 2016

Papers (all Open Access):

  • Extreme Modification of the Tetrapod Forelimb in a Triassic Diapsid Reptile (Current Biology)
  • Protein sequences bound to mineral surfaces persist into deep time (eLife)
  • Combined Use of Morphological and Molecular Tools to Resolve Species Mis-Identifications in the Bivalvia The Case of Glycymeris glycymeris and G. pilosa (PLOS ONE)
  • Little evidence for enhanced phenotypic evolution in early teleosts relative to their living fossil sister group (PNAS)
  • Late Cenozoic catfishes of Southeastern Europe with inference to their taxonomy and palaeogeography (PalaeoE)
  • Trackways Produced by Lungfish During Terrestrial Locomotion (SciRep)
  • The complex evolutionary history of the tympanic middle ear in frogs and toads (Anura) (SciRep)
  • An early bothremydid (Testudines, Pleurodira) from the Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian) of Utah, North America (PeerJ)
  • A Dome-Headed Stem Archosaur Exemplifies Convergence among Dinosaurs and Their Distant Relatives (Current Biology)
  • Bony cranial ornamentation linked to rapid evolution of gigantic theropod dinosaurs (Nature Communications)
  • Elemental characterisation of melanin in feathers via synchrotron X-ray imaging and absorption spectroscopy (Scientific Reports)
  • Synchrotron imaging of dentition provides insights into the biology of Hesperornis and Ichthyornis, the “last” toothed birds (BMC Evol Biol)
  • The Arrival of Homo sapiens into the Southern Cone at 14,000 Years Ago (PLOS ONE)
  • Fossil Carder Bee’s Nest from the Hominin Locality of Taung, South Africa (PLOS ONE)
  • Morphology and function of Neandertal and modern human ear ossicles (PNAS)
  • Fire Usage and Ancient Hominin Detoxification Genes: Protective Ancestral Variants Dominate While Additional Derived Risk Variants Appear in Modern Humans (PLOS ONE)


  • Rare Mammoth Fossil Excavated at Channel Islands National Park— Discovery Stimulates Intriguing Questions (Link)
  • Paleoartist Julius Csotonyi receives recognition from alma mater (Link)
  • UF professor nominated president-elect of Paleontological Society (Link)
  • Ancient fossils reveal a sticky dinosaur death trap (Link)
  • Giant Millipede Fossils May Reveal New Species (Link)
  • Fossils are informing the future of conservation (Link)
  • Life in ancient oceans enabled by erosion from land (Link)
  • This Fossil’s Penis Worm Mouth Has Mystified Scientists, Until Now (Link)
  • Discovery of tiny fossil near Walland solves 124-year mystery (Link)
  • Cliff Dwelling in Utah Found to Have Unique Decoration: Dinosaur Tracks (Link)

Events and Society Updates:

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

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