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Fossil Friday Roundup: August 26, 2016

Featured image: Palaeobatrachus diluvianus (GOLDFUSS, 1831). Holotype (STIPB-Goldfuss-1343) deposited in Goldfuss Museum, Steinmann- Institut für Geologie, Mineralogie und Paläontologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn, Germany. Photograph courtesy Steinmann-Institut. From Rocek (2016) below.

Papers (all Open Access):

  • Beetles with Orchid Pollinaria in Dominican and Mexican Amber (American Entomologist)
  • The Fossil Record of Tadpoles (Fossil Imprint)
  • The Hopping Dead: Late Cretaceous Frogs from the Middle–Late Campanian (Judithian) of western North America (Fossil Imprint)
  • “Lost” and Rediscovered: Holotype of Palaeobatrachus divulianus (Goldfuss, 1831) (Fossil Imprint)
  • Frogs (Amphibia, Anura) from the Eocene and Oligocene of the Phosphorites du Quercy (France). An Overview. (Fossil Imprint)
  • Revision of the skeletal morphology of Eodiscoglossus santonjae, an Early Cretaceous frog from northeaster Spain, with comments on its phylogenetic placement (Fossil Imprint)
  • Frog Origins: inferences based on ancestral reconstructions of locomotor performance and anatomy (Fossil Imprint)
  • A new find of discosauriscid seymouriamorph from the Lower Permian of Boskovice basin in Moravia (The Czech Republic) (Fossil Imprint)
  • Cartilago teniformis and its derivatives: Additional information on the basic composition and evolution of the skull (Fossil Imprint)
  • Sedimentology and ichnology of the Mafube dinosaur track site (Lower Jurassic, eastern Free State, South Africa): a report on footprint preservation and palaeoenvironmemt (PeerJ)
  • Fungal decomposition of terrestrial organic matter accelerated Early Jurassic climate warming (Scientific Reports)
  • Taxonomic revision of Eoalligator (Crocodylia, Brevirostres) and the paleogeographic origins of the Chinese alligatoroids (PeerJ)
  • A tiny new marsupial lion (Marsupialia, Thylacoleonidae) from the early Miocene of Australia (PalaeoE)
  • Placoderm Assemblage from the Tetrapod-Bearing Locality of Strud (Belgium, Upper Famennian) Provides Evidence for a Fish Nursery. (PLOS ONE)


  • From Fins Into Hands: Scientists Discover a Deep Evolutionary Link (Link)
  • Iron found in fossils suggests supernova role in mass dying (Link)
  • Whales in the Desert (Link)
  • The Cave Bear: A Vegan Gone Extinct (Link)
  • Amateur fossil hunter who spent 30 years amassing 2,000 specimens wins grant to build £5m Jurassic Coast museum (Link)
  • Manchester student puts museum’s fossils on the map (Link)
  • Mangano has a fondness for fossils (Link)

Around the Blogosphere:

  • Are Dinosaurs Overrated? (Link)
  • Path of the recurrent laryngeal nerve in frogs, giraffes, and elasmosaurs (Link)
  • Underwater Paleontology And The Monkeys Of The Caribbean (Link)
  • Geotourism: The Sedgwick Museum of Geology (Link)
  • Expedition Live! Wrapping Up the Field Season (Link)
  • The Dinosaurs of Crystal Palace: Among the Most Accurate Renditions of Prehistoric Life Ever Made (Link)
  • Ancient Ant Attack In Amber Reveals Clues About Earliest Social Societies (Link)
  • Champsosaurus: Adventures in 19th century taxonomy (Link)
  • Little Leo Attenborough: A new mini marsupial lion from Australia (Link)

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