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Fossil Friday Roundup: March 9, 2018

Featured Image: Artist’s reconstruction of the Permian reptile Captorhinus with an autotomous tail (inset showing anterior caudal vertebrae with fracture planes). Reconstruction by Danielle Dufault. From LeBlanc et al (2018). CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • First endemic freshwater Gammarus from Crete and its evolutionary history—an integrative taxonomy approach (PeerJ)
  • Development and evolution of tooth renewal in neoselachian sharks as a model for transformation in chondrichthyan dentitions (Journal of Anatomy)
  • New fossil fish microremains from the Upper Carboniferous of eastern North Greenland (Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark)
  • Eoalosa janvieri gen. et sp. nov., a new clupeid fish (Teleostei, Clupeiformes) from the Eocene of Monte Bolca, Italy (PalZ)
  • Delineating modern variation from extinct morphology in the fossil record using shells of the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) (PLOS ONE)
  • Caudal autotomy as anti-predatory behaviour in Palaeozoic reptiles (Scientific Reports)
  • Comparative limb proportions reveal differential locomotor morphofunctions of alligatoroids and crocodyloids (RSOS)
  • The earliest evidence for a supraorbital salt gland in dinosaurs in new Early Cretaceous ornithurines (Scientific Reports)
  • A diminutive perinate European Enantiornithes reveals an asynchronous ossification pattern in early birds (Nature Communications)
  • Diversity of late Neogene Monachinae (Carnivora, Phocidae) from the North Atlantic, with the description of two new species (RSOS)
  • A new group of late Oligocene mysticetes from México (PalaeoE)
  • A new middle Miocene crocidosoricine shrew from the Mongolian Shargain Gobi Desert (APP)
  • Distinguishing Quaternary glyptodontine cingulates in South America: How informative are juvenile specimens? (APP)
  • Quadrupedal locomotor simulation: producing more realistic gaits using dual-objective optimization (RSOS)
  • Ecological opportunity and predator–prey interactions: linking eco-evolutionary processes and diversification in adaptive radiations (ProcB)
  • The influence of environmental forcing on biodiversity and extinction in a resource competition model (Chaos)
  • Comparing spatial diversification and meta-population models in the Indo-Australian Archipelago (RSOS)

Pre-Prints and Post-Prints:

  • Nuevos hallazgos de los moluscos Nemrac carmenensis Clark 1946 (Gastropoda, Turbinoidea, Turbinidae) y Solena (Eosolen) bolivarensis Clark 1946 (Bivalvia – Solenida – Solenidae) (PaleorXiv)
  • The cranial endocast of the Upper Devonian dipnoan Chirodipterus australis (PeerJ)
  • A new genus and species of eomysticetid (Cetacea: Mysticeti) and a reinterpretation of ‘Mauicetus’ lophocephalus Marples, 1956: transitional baleen whales from the upper Oligocene of New Zealand (PaleorXiv)
  • Bayesian and likelihood placement of fossils on phylogenies from quantitative morphometrics (BioRXiv)
  • Reply to Comment on “Aysheaia prolata from the Utah Wheeler Formation (Drumian, Cambrian) is a frontal appendage of the radiodontan Stanleycaris” with the formal description of Stanleycaris (PaleorXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 11th Annual SeAVP Conference, May 23–27, 2018, North Carolina (Link)
  • Trekking Across the GOBE: From the Cambrian through the Katian, IGCP 653 Annual Meeting, June 3-7, 2018, Athens, Ohio, USA (Link)
  • 5th International Palaeontological Congress (IPC5), July 9–13, 2018, France (Link)
  • Flugsaurier 2018 Circular, August 10–14, 2018, Los Angeles (Link)
  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)


  • The AWG Undergraduate Excellence in Paleontology Award, deadline April 15, 2018 (PaleoSociety)
  • Analytical Paleobiology Short Course, July 19–August 15. Deadline to apply April 1, 2018 (Link)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:

  • A Brief Guide To Writing Your First Scientific Manuscript (PLOS SciComm)
  • PeerJ March Newsletter: 1500+ submissions in Feb and meet the PeerJ Section Editors (PeerJ)
  • Paleontology Exhibits of California – Part 2 (Extinct Monsters)
  • The ethics of copyright transfer for scientific research (Green Tea and Velociraptors)

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

Art, books, culture, and fun:

  • Sabertooth vs Bear-dog and Composition vs. Design (Chasing Sabretooths)
  • VIntage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaur Encore (LITC)

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