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Fossil Friday Roundup: October 28, 2016

Papers (all Open Access):

  • The first oviraptorosaur (Dinosauria: Theropoda) bonebed: evidence of gregarious behaviour in a maniraptoran theropod (Scientific Reports)
  • Deciduous dentition and dental eruption sequence of Bothriogenys fraasi (Anthracotheriidae, Artiodactyla) from the Fayum Depression, Egypt (PalaeoE)
  • OH-65: The earliest evidence for right-handedness in the fossil record (Journal of Human Evolution)
  • Rodents: food or pests in Neolithic Orkney (RSOS)
  • The first fossil parrot (Aves, Psittaciformes) from Siberia and its implications for the historical biogeography of Psittaciformes (Biology Letters)
  • A toothed turtle from the Late Jurassic of China and the global biogeographic history of turtles (BMC Evol Biol)
  • Non-linear ontogenetic shape change in Cryptolithus tesselatus (Trilobita) using three-dimensional geometric morphometrics (PalaeoE)
  • New fossils of Hyaenodonta (Mammalia) from the Eocene localities of Chambi (Tunisia) and Bir el Ater (Algeria), and the evolution of the earliest African hyaenodonts (PalaeoE)
  • Ephippia belonging to Ceriodaphnia Dana, 1853 (Cladocera: Anomopoda: Daphniidae) from the Lower Cretaceous of Australia (PalaeoE)
  • Graphic correlation of the upper Eifelian to lower Frasnian (Middle-Upper Devonian) conodont sequences in the Spanish Central Pyrenees and comparison with composite standards from other areas (PalaeoE)
  • Palaeoamyda messeliana nov. comb. (Testudines, Pan-Trionychidae) from the Eocene Messel Pit and Geiseltal localities, Germany, taxonomic and phylogenetic insights (PeerJ)
  • Remarkable preservation of brain tissues in an Early Cretaceous iguanodontian dinosaur (Geological Society Special Publication)
  • Under the Skin of a Lion: Unique Evidence of Upper Paleolithic Exploitation and Use of Cave Lion (Panthera spelaea) from the Lower Gallery of La Garma (Spain) (PLOS ONE)


  • Huge new dinosaur hints at when sauropods arrived Down Under (Link)
  • Early fossil fish from China shows where our jaws came from (Link)
  • Mistaken Identity? Debate Over Ancient 4-Legged Snake Heats Up (Link)
  • Eyes came before limbs in the transition to land (Link)

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