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Fossil Friday Roundup: August 10, 2018

Featured Image: Triassic pentadactyl tracks from Argentina. From Citton et al. (2018). CC-BY. 

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Cambrian petalonamid Stromatoveris phylogenetically links Ediacaran biota to later animals (Palaeontology)
  • Salvinialean megaspores in the Late Cretaceous of southern Patagonia, Argentina (APP)
  • Early Triassic Griesbachian microbial mounds in the Upper Yangtze Region, southwest China: Implications for biotic recovery from the latest Permian mass extinction (PLOS ONE)
  • A three-dimensionally preserved lobopodian from the Herefordshire (Silurian) Lagerstätte, UK (RSOS)
  • A new megaspilid wasp from Eocene Baltic amber (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronoidea), with notes on two non-ceraphronoid families: Radiophronidae and Stigmaphronidae (PeerJ)
  • Phylogeography of the gall-inducing micromoth Eucecidoses minutanus Brèthes (Cecidosidae) reveals lineage diversification associated with the Neotropical Peripampasic Orogenic Arc (PLOS ONE)
  • Tooth mineralization and histology patterns in extinct and extant snaggletooth sharks, Hemipristis (Carcharhiniformes, Hemigaleidae)—Evolutionary significance or ecological adaptation? (PLOS ONE)
  • New insights on the only bothremydid turtle (Pleurodira) identified in the British record: Palemys bowerbankii new combination (PalaeoE)
  • Fossil land tortoises (Testudines, Testudinidae) from the Dominican Republic, West Indies, with a description of a new species. (American Museum novitates)
  • Triassic pentadactyl tracks from the Los Menucos Group (Río Negro province, Patagonia Argentina): possible constraints on the autopodial posture of Gondwanan trackmakers (PeerJ)
  • An unusual association of hadrosaur and therizinosaur tracks within Late Cretaceous rocks of Denali National Park, Alaska (Scientific Reports)
  • A new species of Pliocene shearwater (Aves: Procellariidae) from New Zealand (Tuhinga)
  • Pleistocene non-passeriform landbirds from Shiriya, northeast Japan (APP)
  • Morphological variation under domestication: how variable are chickens? (RSOS)
  • Evidence of diphyodonty and heterochrony for dental development in euharamiyidan mammals from Jurassic Yanliao Biota (Vertebrata PalAsiatica)
  • The Paradise Lost of Milia (Grevena, Greece; Late Pliocene, Early Villafranchian, MN15/MN16a): Faunal Composition and Diversity (Quaternary)
  • A dwarf walrus from the Miocene of Baja California Sur, Mexico (RSOS)
  • A Villafranchian Hipparion-Bearing Mammal Fauna from Sésklo (E. Thessaly, Greece): Implications for the Question of Hipparion–Equus Sympatry in Europe (Quaternary)
  • Fossil mammals from the Gondolin Dump A ex situ hominin deposits, South Africa (PeerJ)
  • PHYLACINE 1.2: The Phylogenetic Atlas of Mammal Macroecology (Ecology)
  • The air-abrasive technique: A re-evaluation of its use in fossil preparation (PalaeoE)

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)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Those fragrances you enjoy? Dinosaurs liked them first (Link)
  • Big Ordovician brachiopods: Strophomena and friends (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Crikey! We’re gonna need a bigger boat… (PLOS Paleo)
  • Something seems fishy here…warm blooded fish? (Time Scavengers)
  • First caudal vertebrae of the various Haplocanthosaurus specimens (SVPOW)
  • The Haplo project enjoys a brief interlude in realspace (SVPOW)
  • Ingentia: Prehistoric Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • When Protomammals Ruled Earth (Laelaps)
  • Fossil Friday – vole dentary (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • False Deer-Llamas of Bolivia (Synapsida)

Methods and Musings:

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

Art, Books, Culture, Fun:

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