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Fossil Friday Roundup: July 14, 2017

Featured Image: Teeth from the lower jaw of an antelope, featured in an article published in PLOS ONE that focused on crowdsourcing image outlines for paleontological research. Source: Matthews et al. 2017. CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Environmentally driven extinction and opportunistic origination explain fern diversification patterns (Scientific Reports)
  • Common species link global ecosystems to climate change: dynamical evidence in the planktonic fossil record (Proceedings B)
  • Revision of so-called Pomatoschistus (Gobiiformes, Teleostei) from the late Eocene and early Oligocene (PalaeoE)
  • Examining the use of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for edge extraction of the occlusal surface of fossilized bovid teeth (PLOS ONE)
  • Tracing social interactions in Pleistocene North America via 3D model analysis of stone tool asymmetry (PLOS ONE)
  • Origin of mounds in the Pantanal wetlands: An integrated approach between geomorphology, pedogenesis, ecology and soil micromorphology (PLOS ONE)
  • Late Miocene Pseudolarix amabilis bract-scale complex from Zhejiang, East China (PLOS ONE)
  • The fossil Osmundales (Royal Ferns)—a phylogenetic network analysis, revised taxonomy, and evolutionary classification of anatomically preserved trunks and rhizomes (PeerJ)
  • Should the terms ‘basal taxon’ and ‘transitional taxon’ be extinguished from cladistic studies with extinct organisms? (PalaeoE)
  • The first pterosaur pelvic material from the Dinosaur Park Formation (Campanian) and implications for azhdarchid locomotion (FACETS)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • Diversity in Paleontology Workshop GoFundMe (Link)
  • SVP Paleontology Education Workshop (Link)
  • SVP Women in Paleontology Luncheon (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)
  • The Paleontological Society Student Ambassador Program (PS‐SAP), Deadline Sept. 1 (Link)
  • 2017 Election Ballot is Open until August 15 (Paleo Society)
  • Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum presents Clubs, Horns and Shields: Armored Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals July 1–Oct 28 (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Museum of the Rockies’ new paleontologist: Making dinosaur dreams come true (Link)
  • Paleontology and Public Lands – Bears Ears (SVP Blog)
  • Updates from fieldwork at Natural Trap Cave by Penny Higgins (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3)
  • A Day in the Life of a Palaeontologist (Andrew Cuff)
  • Paleontology and Public Lands—Bears Ears National Monument (SVP Blog)

Arts, Books, Culture, and Fun:

  • The Transformative Value of Fossils (Extinct)
  • Doctor Who and the key to deep time (Susannah Lydon)
  • SVP Comments on 21 US National Monuments (SVP)

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