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Fossil Friday Roundup: April 21, 2017

Featured Image:Triassic archosauromorph tracks from the Catalan Pyrenees. From Mujal et al. (2017)

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Problems related to the taxonomic placement of incompletely preserved amber fossils: transfer of the Paleogene liverwort Cylindrocolea dimorpha (Cephaloziellaceae) to the extant Odontoschisma sect. iwatsukia (Cephaloziaceae) (Fossil Record)
  • Early Devonian (Late Emsian) shark fin remains (Chondrichthyes) from the Paraná Basin, southern Brazil (Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciencias)
  • Non-marine fishes of the late Santonian Milk River Formation of Alberta, Canada – evidence from vertebrate microfossil localities (VAMP) with Erratum (VAMP)
  • Microanatomy and paleohistology of the intercentra of North American metoposaurids from the Upper Triassic of Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona, USA) with implications for the taxonomy and ontogeny of the group (PeerJ)
  • New findings of Pleistocene fossil turtles (Geoemydidae, Kinosternidae and Chelydridae) from Santa Elena Province, Ecuador (PeerJ)
  • An archosauromorph dominated ichnoassemblage in fluvial settings from the late Early Triassic of the Catalan Pyrenees (NE Iberian Peninsula) (PLOS ONE)
  • Rates of morphological evolution in Captorhinidae: an adaptive radiation of Permian herbivores (PeerJ)
  • Arrival and diversification of mabuyine skinks (Squamata: Scincidae) in the Neotropics based on a fossil-calibrated timetree (PeerJ)
  • First North American occurrences of Qiupalong (Theropoda: Ornithomimidae) and the palaeobiogeography of derived ornithomimids (FACETS)
  • New specimens of Anchiornis huxleyi (Theropoda, Paraves) from the late Jurassic of northeastern China. (Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History)
  • Invasion of Ancestral Mammals into Dim-light Environments Inferred from Adaptive Evolution of the Phototransduction Genes (Scientific Reports)
  • Taming the late Quaternary phylogeography of the Eurasiatic wild ass through ancient and modern DNA (PLOS ONE)
  • Craniodental and humeral morphology of a new species of Masrasector (Teratodontinae, Hyaenodonta, Placentalia) from the late Eocene of Egypt and locomotor diversity in hyaenodonts (PLOS ONE)
  • Dietary behaviour of man-eating lions as revealed by dental microwear textures (Scientific Reports)
  • Automatic extraction of endocranial surfaces from CT images of crania (PLOS ONE)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • Diversity in Paleontology Workshop GoFundMe (Link)
  • Society of Systematic Biologists Graduate Student Research Awards, Due April 30 (Link)
  • PLOS Early Career Travel Award Program, Due May 31 (Link)
  • Synthesizing Information through a dinosaur toy: An integrative assignment in a large non-majors’ course (Andy Heckert GSA talk posted online)
  • Inland Empire Science Festival, April 22, Hemet, California (Link)

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