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Fossil Friday Roundup: July 21, 2017

Featured Image: Illustration of Aepyornithomimus tugrikinensis drawn by Mr. Masato Hattori. From Tsogtbaatar et al. (2017). CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Early evolution of radial glial cells in Bilateria (ProcB)
  • Ecological interactions in Cloudina from the Ediacaran of Brazil: implications for the rise of animal biomineralization (Scientific Reports)
  • Classical and new bioerosion trace fossils in Cretaceous belemnite guards characterised via micro-CT (Fossil Record)
  • Questioning hagfish affinities of the enigmatic Devonian vertebrate Palaeospondylus (RSOS)
  • Body and skull morphometric variations between two shovel-headed species of Amphisbaenia (Reptilia: Squamata) with morphofunctional inferences on burrowing (PeerJ)
  • The discovery of Thalattosauria (Reptilia:Diapsida) from the Late Triassic strata of Luxi County,Yunnan Province (Geological Bulletin of China)
  • On a dinosaur axis from one of the oldest dinosaur-bearing sites worldwide (APP)
  • The discovery of dinosaur footprints in Jurassic strata from Meigu,Sichuan Province (Geological Bulletin of China)
  • Megalosauripus transjuranicus ichnosp. nov. A new Late Jurassic theropod ichnotaxon from NW Switzerland and implications for tridactyl dinosaur ichnology and ichnotaxomy (PLOS ONE)
  • First Ornithomimid (Theropoda, Ornithomimosauria) from the Upper Cretaceous Djadokhta Formation of Tögrögiin Shiree, Mongolia (Scientific Reports)
  • Investigating the running abilities of Tyrannosaurus rex using stress-constrained multibody dynamic analysis (PeerJ)
  • Marsupial brood care in Cretaceous tanaidaceans (Scientific Reports)
  • Oxygen isotopes suggest elevated thermometabolism within multiple Permo-Triassic therapsid clades (eLife)
  • Ancient European dog genomes reveal continuity since the Early Neolithic (Nature Communications)
  • An exceptionally well-preserved skeleton of Thomashuxleya externa (Mammalia, Notoungulata), from the Eocene of Patagonia, Argentina (PalaeoE)
  • Range contractions of the world’s large carnivores (RSOS)
  • Highly variable recurrence of tsunamis in the 7,400 years before the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami (Nature Communications)
  • Strong geologic methane emissions from discontinuous terrestrial permafrost in the Mackenzie Delta, Canada (Scientific Reports)


  • Are extinction opinions extinct? (PeerJ)
  • A Tyrannosauroid Metatarsus from the Merchantville Formation of New Jersey increases the diversity of non-Tyrannosaurid Tyrannosauroids on Appalachia (PeerJ)

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)
  • Letter from Paleontological Society Executives about National Monuments (Paleo Society)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Helen Habicht, Molecular Paleoclimatologist (Time Scavengers)
  • A 9-Year-Old Tripped, Fell and Discovered a Million-Year-Old Fossil (NY Times)
  • Geological Society of America honors Sterling Nesbitt with Young Scientist Award (Link)

Arts, Books, Culture, and Fun:

  • Take a “Dinosaur Expedition” at the Lake Compounce Amusement Park! (Dave’s Dinosaurs)
  • That Time I Won a Beer Art Contest Because of Dinosaurs (PBW)
  • From Sketch to painting: “Ultra-sketches” (Chasing Sabretooths)
  • Vintage Dinosaur Art: Tyrannosaurus Sex: A Love Tail (Omni magazine, Feb 1988) (LITC)
  • Paleoart: the strange history of dinosaurs in art – in pictures (The Guardian)

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