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Fossil Friday Roundup: July 27, 2018

Featured Image: Reconstruction of Akainacephalus johnsoni in left lateral view. Preserved material in the skeletal reconstructions is highlighted in orange. From Wiersma and Irmis (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Equatorial cold-water tongue in the Late Ordovician (Geology)
  • Stratigraphic characteristics of Quaternary deposits on the left bankof the Sava River near Belgrade (ANNALES GÉOLOGIQUES DE LA PÉNINSULE BALKANIQUE)
  • A novel approach to study the morphology and chemistry of pollen in a phylogenetic context, applied to the halophytic taxon Nitraria L.(Nitrariaceae) (PeerJ)
  • The influence of different deep-sea coral habitats on sediment macrofaunal community structure and function (PeerJ)
  • No substantial long-term bias in the Cenozoic benthic foraminifera oxygen-isotope record (Nature Communications)
  • Experimental neoichnology of crawling stalked crinoids (Swiss Journal of Paleontology)
  • Shark and ray diversity in the Tropical America (Neotropics)—an examination of environmental and historical factors affecting diversity (PeerJ)
  • New insights into Late Triassic dinosauromorph-bearing assemblages from Texas using apomorphy-based identifications (PaleoBios)
  • A new southern Laramidian ankylosaurid, Akainacephalus johnsoni gen. et sp. nov., from the upper Campanian Kaiparowits Formation of southern Utah, USA (PeerJ)
  • The real Bigfoot: a pes from Wyoming, USA is the largest sauropod pes ever reported and the northern-most occurrence of brachiosaurids in the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation (PeerJ)
  • A mandible of Diacodexis cf. gigasei (Artiodactyla, Diacodexeidae) from the Early Eocene locality of Palette (Bouches-du-Rhône, France) (MorphMuseuM)
  • Evolutionary transformations of the malleus in pinnipeds, with emphasis on Southern Hemisphere taxa (Contributions to Zoology)
  • Differential aging of growth plate cartilage underlies differences in bone length and thus helps determine skeletal proportions (PLOS Biology)
  • Non-integumentary melanosomes can bias reconstructions of the colours of fossil vertebrates (Nature Communications)

PrePrints and PostPrints:

  • Improvements in the fossil record may largely resolve the conflict between morphological and molecular estimates of mammal phylogeny (bioRXiv)
  • Modelling predation and mortality rates from the fossil record of gastropods (bioRXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 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)

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