Skip to content

When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.

PLOS BLOGS The Official PLOS Blog

Fossil Friday Roundup: December 9, 2016

Feature Image: A rendering of the early marsupial relative, Didelphodon vorax. (First Paper) Credit: Misaki Ouchida

Papers (All Open Access):

  • A large carnivorous mammal from the Late Cretaceous and the North American origin of marsupials (Nature Communications)
  • Fruits, seeds and flowers from the Bovay and Bolden clay pits (early Eocene Tallahatta Formation, Claiborne Group), northern Mississippi, USA (Palaeontologia Electronica)
  • Antarctotrechus balli sp. n. (Carabidae, Trechini): the first ground beetle from Antarctica (Zookeys)
  • Evolutionary convergence in conodonts revealed by Synchrotron-based Tomographic Microscopy (PalaeoE)
  • Phylogenetic and environmental context of a Tournaisian tetrapod fauna (Nature Ecology and Evolution)
  • A Feathered Dinosaur Tail with Primitive Plumage Trapped in Mid-Cretaceous Amber (Cell Current Biology)
  • Odontoma in a 255-Million-Year-Old Mammalian Forebear (JAMA Oncology)
  • First comprehensive morphological analysis on the metapodials of Giraffidae (Palaeontologia Electronica)
  • Ear Structures of the Naked Mole-Rat, Heterocephalus glaber, and Its Relatives (Rodentia: Bathyergidae) (PLOS ONE)
  • Experimental evidence for the co-evolution of hominin tool-making teaching and language (Nature Communications)
  • The origin of animals: Can molecular clocks and the fossil record be reconciled? (BioEssays)
  • Evidence for social parasitism of early insect societies by Cretaceous rove beetles (Nature Communications)


  • Alberta: Vast badlands once a real Jurassic Park (Link)
  • ‘Slam-dunk’ find puts hunter-gatherers in Florida 14,500 years ago (Link)
  • Virginia Tech Geoscientists Size-Up Early Dinosaurs, Find Surprising Variation (Link)

Society Events, Meetings, Announcements, and Updates:

Around the Blogosphere:

Non-Paleo Blogs of Interest

Do you have some news, a blog, or something just plain cool you want to share with the PLOS Paleo Community? Email it to us at, tweet it to us at @PLOSPaleo, or message us on Facebook.

Back to top