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Fossil Friday Roundup: September 22, 2017

Featured Image: Sclerobionts on mollusc shells. From Agostini et al. (2017).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • In defence of the three-domains of life paradigm (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • The Vicissicaudata revisited – insights from a new aglaspidid arthropod with caudal appendages from the Furongian of China (Scientific Reports)
  • The evolutionary history of Stomatopoda (Crustacea: Malacostraca) inferred from molecular data (PeerJ)
  • What determines sclerobiont colonization on marine mollusk shells? (PLOS ONE)
  • Bite force in the horned frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli) with implications for extinct giant frogs (Scientific Reports)
  • Endocast of the Late Triassic (Carnian) dinosaur Saturnalia tupiniquim: implications for the evolution of brain tissue in Sauropodomorpha (Scientific Reports)
  • Consumption of crustaceans by megaherbivorous dinosaurs: dietary flexibility and dinosaur life history strategies (Scientific Reports)
  • Quantifying the dynamic wing morphing of hovering hummingbird (RSOS)
  • Determinants of spring migration departure decision in a bat (Biology Letters)
  • Into the dark: patterns of middle ear adaptations in subterranean eulipotyphlan mammals (RSOS)
  • Neanderthal and Denisova tooth protein variants in present-day humans (PLOS ONE)
  • Upper Triassic lithostratigraphy, depositional systems, and vertebrate paleontology across southern Utah (UGA)
  • South Atlantic paleobathymetry since early Cretaceous (Scientific Reports)
  • An evidence-based evaluation of transferrable skills and job satisfaction for science PhDs (PLOS ONE)
  • Comparative studies need to rely both on sound natural history data and on excellent statistical analysis (RSOS)
  • Thresholds of catastrophe in the Earth system (Science Advances)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • Upcoming National Fossil Day Events, Part 1 (PLOS Paleo)
  • Call for Nominations: Nat’l Academy of Sciences Elliot Medal, due Oct. 12 (Link)
  • Principles of Vertebrate Functional Morphology, October 16–20, 2017, Barcelona, Spain (Link)
  • The Fourth TetZooCon (Link)
  • The Science Ambassador Scholarship for female undergraduate and high school seniors, Deadline December 11, 2017 (Link)
  • Trekking Across the GOBE: From the Cambrian through the Katian, IGCP 653 Annual Meeting, June 3-7, 2018, Athens, Ohio, USA (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Finding Fossils with Wendy Sloboda: the Canadian Badlands’ Legendary Dinosaur Hunter (Insatiable Traveler)
  • J. Mike Hils, Paleontologist and Instructor (Time Scavengers)
  • Meet Undraa, our Volunteer of the Quarter (IMSD)
  • Meet Paleoartist Henry Sharpe, our Fall 2017 Featured Artist (IMSD)
  • Daines honors Montanan of the Week (Link)
  • SVP Taylor & Francis Award Interview: Christopher Griffin (Old Bones)
  • A Labor of Love: Museum Paleontology Volunteers Ann and Randy Johnson (NHMU Blog)
  • SVP Romer Prize Interview: Aaron LeBlanc (Old Bones)

Art, books, culture, and fun:

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