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Fossil Friday Roundup: March 15, 2019

Featured Image:  Galleonosaurus dorisae n. gen. n. sp. from the Flat Rocks Sandstone in the upper Barremian, Wonthaggi Formation, Gippsland Basin, southeastern Australia holotype (NMV P229196), left maxilla in lateral view. from Hernes et al. (2019).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • The lower Bajocian Gaetani Level: lithostratigraphic marker of a potential Oceanic Anoxic Event (RIPS)
  • A survey of Pliocene to Mid-Quaternary leaf cuticle from the North Island, New Zealand (PalaeoE)
  • Petrified Forest of Lesbos Island (Greece): A Palaeobotanical Puzzle of a Unique Geopark and the New Discoveries (IOP Conference Series: EES)
  • Pseudolamarckina pseudorjasanensis Dain, 1967 (Foraminifera) as a Kimmeridgian marker species and its significance for biostratigraphy, palaeoecology and palaeobiogeography (Polar Research)
  • Anomia-associated bryozoans from the upper Pliocene (Piacenzian) lower Tamiami Formation of Florida, USA (PalaeoE)
  • New cleroid beetles from the Middle–Late Jurassic of China (APP)
  • Late Cretaceous echinoderm ‘odds and ends’ from the Low Countries (Contemp. Trends. Geosci.)
  • The Huehuetla quarry, a Turonian deposit of marine vertebrates in the Sierra Norte of Puebla, central Mexico (PalaeoE)
  • A review of the fossil record of the Labridae (Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, Serie A)
  • Diminution of pharyngeal segmentation and the evolution of the amniotes (Zoological Letters)
  • Beetle-bearing coprolites possibly reveal the diet of a Late Triassic dinosauriform (RSOS)
  • A Juvenile Specimen of the Trematopid Acheloma From Richards Spur, Oklahoma and Challenges of Trematopid Ontogeny (Frontiers in Earth Science)
  • A new ancient lineage of frog (Anura: Nyctibatrachidae: Astrobatrachinae subfam. nov.) endemic to the Western Ghats of Peninsular India (PeerJ)
  • A new basal ornithopod (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Early Cretaceous of Texas (PLOS ONE)
  • New small-bodied ornithopods (Dinosauria, Neornithischia) from the Early Cretaceous Wonthaggi Formation (Strzelecki Group) of the Australian-Antarctic rift system, with revision of Qantassaurus intrepidus Rich and Vickers-Rich, 1999 (Journal of Paleontology)
  • Why did the dinosaurs become extinct? Could cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) deficiency be the answer? (Journal of Nutrtional Science)
  • A new mammal from the Turonian–Campanian (Upper Cretaceous) Galula Formation, southwestern Tanzania (APP)
  • Rapid Change in Mammalian Eye Shape Is Explained by Activity Pattern (Current Biology)
  • Taxonomic status of the Australian dingo: the case for Canis dingo Meyer, 1793 (Zootaxa)
  • Aerodynamic reconstruction of the primitive fossil bat Onychonycteris finneyi (Mammalia: Chiroptera) (Biology Letters)
  • Postcranial heterochrony, modularity, integration and disparity in the prenatal ossification in bats (Chiroptera) (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • New Late Miocene plecotine bats (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae: Plecotini) from Gritsev, Ukraine (Palaeo Vertebrata)
  • Rodents (Mammalia) from Fitterer Ranch, Brule Formation (Oligocene), North Dakota (Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology)
  • Small mammals from the opencast lignite mine Gračanica (Bugojno, middle Miocene), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments)
  • Multiple radiations of spiny mice (Rodentia: Acomys) in dry open habitats of Afro-Arabia: evidence from a multi-locus phylogeny (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • The Oligocene vertebrate assemblage of Shine Us (Khaliun Basin, south western Mongolia) (Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, Serie A)
  • Phylogenetic signal analysis in the basicranium of Ursidae (Carnivora, Mammalia) (PeerJ)
  • An 11 000-year-old giant muntjac subfossil from Northern Vietnam: implications for past and present populations (RSOS)
  • Campo Laborde: A Late Pleistocene giant ground sloth kill and butchering site in the Pampas (Science Advances)
  • Exceptionally high δ15N values in collagen single amino acids confirm Neandertals as high-trophic level carnivores (PNAS)
  • Neandertal-like traits visible in the internal structure of non-supranuchal fossae of some recent Homo sapiens: The problem of their identification in hominins and phylogenetic implications (PLOS ONE)
  • New evidence of broader diets for archaic Homo populations in the northwestern Mediterranean (Science Advances)
  • Hotspots of human impact on threatened terrestrial vertebrates (PLOS Biology)
  • The choice of tree prior and molecular clock does not substantially affect phylogenetic inferences of diversification rates (PeerJ)


  • Ten myths around open scholarly publishing (PeerJ)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists, March 15–17, 2019, University of Oregon (Link)
  • 11th Conference on Fossil Resources, Casper, Wyoming, May 30-June 2, 2019 (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

National Fossil Day Updates:

  • National Fossil Day 2019: Call for Partners, Art Contest (PLOS Paleo)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Records prompt rethink of evolution milestone (Link)
  • Everything’s better with cervical ribs (SVPOW)
  • Neck ontogeny in Tyrannosaurus rex (SVPOW)
  • Titanosaur osteoderms: introduction and history of study (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Fossil Friday – dinosaur tibia (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Dinosaur soft tissues preserved as polymers (Link)
  • 500 Ice Age fossils found during Metro’s Purple Line expansion (Link)

Methods and Musings:

  • The Life of a Graduate Student (Time Scavengers)
  • Episode 56 – Evolution of Evolutionary Theory (Common Descent)
  • Better dating of Deccan Traps, and the K-Pg event (Link)
  • Peer Review Toolbox (PLOS)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

  • Ok, who brought the dog? (Pseudplocephalus)
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum Welcomes Dr. Caleb Brown to Curatorial Team (Royal Tyrrell)
  • The Female Fossilist Who Became a Jurassic Period Expert (Link)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Proof that penguins evolved from bears (SVPOW)
  • Books on the Loch Ness Monster 1: Ronald Binns’s The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded (TetZoo)

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