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Fossil Friday Roundup: June 16, 2017

Featured Image: Skull of specimen MCP-PV-1600-T (holotype of Probelesodon kitchingi) in lateral view. From Martinelli et al. (2017).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Dating early animal evolution using phylogenomic data (Scientific Reports)
  • Tiny pollen grains: first evidence of Saururaceae from the Late Cretaceous of western North America (PeerJ)
  • Time-calibrated molecular phylogeny of pteropods (PLOS ONE)
  • Phylogeography on the rocks: The contribution of current and historical factors in shaping the genetic structure of Chthamalus montagui (Crustacea, Cirripedia) (PLOS ONE)
  • A new pycnodont fish, Scalacurvichthys naishi gen. et sp. nov., from the Late Cretaceous of Israel (Journal of Systematic Palaeontology)
  • Functional Innovations and the Conquest of the Oceans by Acanthomorph Fishes (Current Biology Review)
  • Volume of the crocodilian brain and endocast during ontogeny (PLOS ONE)
  • A Sauropod Tooth from the Santonian of Hungary and the European Late Cretaceous ‘Sauropod Hiatus’ (Scientific Reports)
  • Evolution of dinosaur epidermal structures (Biology Letters)
  • Taxonomic review of the late Cenozoic megapodes (Galliformes: Megapodiidae) of Australia (RSOS)
  • Upper Jurassic sauropod record in the Lusitanian Basin (Portugal): Geographical and lithostratigraphical distribution (PalaeoE)
  • New material of Alierasaurus ronchii (Synapsida, Caseidae) from the Permian of Sardinia (Italy), and its phylogenetic affinities (PalaeoE)
  • The African cynodont Aleodon (Cynodontia, Probainognathia) in the Triassic of southern Brazil and its biostratigraphic significance (PLOS ONE)
  • Phenotypic variation in dorsal fin morphology of coastal bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off Mexico (PeerJ)
  • A New Early Pliocene Record of the Toothless Walrus Valenictus (Carnivora, Odobenidae) from the Purisima Formation of Northern California (PaleoBios)
  • Morphological modularity in the vertebral column of Felidae (Mammalia, Carnivora) (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • The stable isotope composition of nitrogen and carbon and elemental contents in modern and fossil seabird guano from Northern Chile – Marine sources and diagenetic effects (PLOS ONE)

Proofs and Pre-Prints:

  • Lokiarchaea are close relatives of Euryarchaeota, not bridging the gap between prokaryotes and eukaryotes (PLOS Genetics)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • Diversity in Paleontology Workshop GoFundMe (Link)
  • SVP 2017, August 23–26,  Calgary, Alberta (Link)
  • SVPCA 2017, September 12–15, Birmingham, England (Link)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

Arts, Books, Culture, and Fun:

  • Explore Mesozoic Ecosystems with Gabriel Ugueto (LITC)
  • Chicago’s Field Museum Welcomes JURASSIC WORLD: the Exhibition! (Dave’s Dinosaurs)

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