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Fossil Friday Roundup: June 23, 2017

Featured Image: Remnant of a typical hydrothermal quartz dyke in the northern Jack Hills region / Western Australia which crystallized presumably in Archaean time in deeper parts of a shear-dominated crust (photograph by Thomas Kirnbauer, with permission). From Schreiber et al. (2017).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Organic compounds in fluid inclusions of Archean quartz—Analogues of prebiotic chemistry on early Earth (PLOS ONE)
  • Phylogenetic and paleobotanical evidence for late Miocene diversification of the Tertiary subtropical lineage of ivies (Hedera L., Araliaceae) (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • PE Note: New name for the foraminiferal genus Olgia (PalaeoE)
  • New insights on Tournaisian–Visean (Carboniferous, Mississippian) athyridide, orthotetide, rhynchonellide, and strophomenide brachiopods from southern Belgium (PalaeoE)
  • Precise occlusion and trophic niche differentiation indicate specialized feeding in Early Devonian jawed vertebrates (Facets)
  • Upper Jurassic sauropod record in the Lusitanian Basin (Portugal): Geographical and lithostratigraphical distribution (PalaeoE)
  • Complex neuroanatomy in the rostrum of the Isle of Wight theropod Neovenator salerii (Scientific Reports)
  • The biochronology and palaeobiogeography of Baru (Crocodylia: Mekosuchinae) based on new specimens from the Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia (PeerJ)
  • The Venice specimen of Ouranosaurus nigeriensis (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) (PeerJ)
  • The tracks of giant theropods (Jurabrontes curtedulensis ichnogen. & ichnosp. nov.) from the Late Jurassic of NW Switzerland: palaeoecological & palaeogeographical implications (Historical Biology)
  • Mammals from the earliest Uintan (middle Eocene) Turtle Bluff Member, Bridger Formation, southwestern Wyoming, USA, Part 2: Apatotheria, Lipotyphla, Carnivoramorpha, Condylartha, Dinocerata, Perissodactyla and Artiodactyla (PalaeoE)
  • Economy and Endurance in Human Evolution (Current Biology)
  • Testing the molecular clock using mechanistic models of fossil preservation and molecular evolution (Royal Society Open Science)
  • Climate response to the 8.2 ka event in coastal California (Scientific Reports)

Pre-Prints, Proofs, Accepted Manuscripts:

  • A new ichnotaxon classification of large mammaliform trackways from the Lower Cretaceous Botucatu Formation, Paraná Basin, Brazil (P3)

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)
  • Principles of Vertebrate Functional Morphology, October 16–20, 2017, Barcelona, Spain (Link)
  • EarthRates Workshops – Request for Proposals (Link)
  • BLM sponsoring weekend Jurassic Walks and Talks (Link)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • When brachiopods ruled the Earth (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Ancient fossil holds new insights into how fish evolved onto land (Link)
  • Tiny fossils reveal backstory of the most mysterious amphibian alive today (Link)
  • 208-million-year-old giant amphibian discovered in Greenland (Palaeocast)
  • When Horned Dinosaurs Traveled East (Laelaps)
  • Meat-eating dinosaurs had sensitive snouts (Earth Archives)
  • Neovenator Neurovasculature and the Purpose of Sensitive Snouts (Palaeocast)
  • Is the tyrannosaur feather debate really over? (Earth Archives)
  • The Making of an Allosaurus Graveyard (Laelaps)
  • From One Diver to Another: There’s Something Loony about Petralca (Raptormaniacs)
  • Volcanic eruptions triggered dawn of the dinosaurs (Link)
  • Fossil Friday – mastodon molar (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Pinnipeds: Hooded and Bearded Seals (Synapsida)
  • An Issue of Scale (Antediluvian Salad)
  • How Do Eggs Get Their Shapes? Scientists Think They’ve Cracked It (NPR)
  • Fossils found in 1965 identified as eggshell of meat-eater (Link)
  • The Histology of a sauropod rib bone found in the Wessex Formation, Hanover Point, Isle of Wight (Link)

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Darwin’s Worst Nightmare, Part I: An Unexpected Letter (Paige Fossil History)
  • Episode 11 – Antarctica (Common Descent)
  • Contested National Monuments in Utah House Treasure Troves of Fossils (Link)
  • Paleo-Interview with Cam Muskelly (Paleo Society)
  • The Dry Dredgers of Cincinnati, Ohio Celebrate 75 years in Support of Paleontology (Paleo Society)
  • Episode Ten: The Dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch (Shelf Life)
  • Paleontologist Phil Currie set to speak about recent discoveries (Link)
  • This paleontologist races the bulldozers to track down China’s dinosaurs (Link)
  • GSAS Alumni Spotlight: Glenn Storrs, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Cincinnati Museum Center (Link)

Arts, Books, Culture, and Fun:

  • The 12+ labors of Ralph B. Shead (Paleo Porch)
  • The return of the scaly T. rex to modern paleo-art (Reptilian Rants)
  • A Neural Network Turned a Book of Flowers Into Shockingly Lovely Dinosaur Art (Link)

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