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Fossil Friday Roundup: November 24, 2017

Featured Image: Gastropod, from Adiya et al (2017)

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Redox-independent chromium isotope fractionation induced by ligand-promoted dissolution (Nature Communications)
  • North Atlantic variability and its links to European climate over the last 3000 years (Nature Communications)
  • Revised geochronology, correlation, and dinosaur stratigraphic ranges of the Santonian-Maastrichtian (Late Cretaceous) formations of the Western Interior of North America (PLOS ONE)
  • Microbial-caddisfly bioherm association from the Lower Cretaceous Shinekhudag Formation, Mongolia: Earliest record of plant armoring in fossil caddisfly cases (PLOS ONE)
  • The disjunct pattern of the Neotropical harvestman Discocyrtus dilatatus (Gonyleptidae) explained by climate-driven range shifts in the Quaternary: Paleodistributional and molecular evidence (PLOS ONE)
  • Systematic revision and palaeobiology of Rosenfeldia triasica and Rogeryon oppeli gen. et comb. nov. (Eucrustacea, Polychelida) (EJT)
  • Embryonic origin of the gnathostome vertebral skeleton (ProcB)
  • New carcharhiniform sharks (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii) from the early to middle Eocene of Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula (JVP)
  • Morphology and histology of acanthodian fin spines from the late Silurian Ramsåsa E locality, Skåne, Sweden (PalaeoE)
  • The vestigial lung of the coelacanth and its implications for understanding pulmonary diversity among vertebrates: new perspectives and open questions (RSOS)
  • Incubation environment impacts the social cognition of adult lizards (RSOS)
  • Forelimb muscle and joint actions in Archosauria: insights from Crocodylus johnstoni (Pseudosuchia) and Mussaurus patagonicus (Sauropodomorpha) (PeerJ)
  • Osteology of the dorsal vertebrae of the giant titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani from the Late Cretaceous of Argentina (APP)
  • Morphological and molecular data confirm the transfer of homostylous species in the typically distylous genus Galianthe (Rubiaceae), and the description of the new species Galianthe vasquezii from Peru and Colombia (PeerJ)
  • Functional anatomy of a giant toothless mandible from a bird-like dinosaur: Gigantoraptor and the evolution of the oviraptorosaurian jaw (Scientific Reports)
  • Modelling the emergence of rodent filial huddling from physiological huddling (RSOS)
  • Morphological convergence in ‘river dolphin’ skulls (PeerJ)
  • Reconstructing molar growth from enamel histology in extant and extinct Equus (RSOS)
  • Pushing the limits of neutron tomography in palaeontology: Three-dimensional modelling of in situ resin within fossil plants (PalaeoE)
  • The relationship between egg size and helper number in cooperative breeders: a meta-analysis across species (PeerJ)
  • Precise dating of the Middle-to-Upper Paleolithic transition in Murcia (Spain) supports late Neandertal persistence in Iberia (Heliyon)
  • A new trackway possibly made by a trotting theropod
    at the Las Hoyas fossil site (Early Cretaceous, Cuenca Province, Spain): Identification, bio-dynamics,
    and palaeoenvironmental implications (PalaeoE)


  • Orbital forcing of terrestrial hydrology, weathering and carbon sequestration during the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (CPD)
  • Fossil fern rhizomes as a model system for biotic interactions across geologic time: Evidence from Patagonia (PeerJ)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • November Webinar: A FOSSIL Feast, November 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Link)
  • The Science Ambassador Scholarship for female undergraduate and high school seniors, Deadline December 11, 2017 (Link)
  • Apply Now For The 2018 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award, Deadline Jan. 18, 2018 (Paleontological Society)
  • 2018 AIBS Congressional Visits Day In Washington, DC, April 17-18, 2018 (Paleontological Society)
  • 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:

  • Shortcuts to Scientific Success (PLOS ECR Community)
  • The Chidi-Ross Spectrum: Role Models in Philosophy and Paleontology (Extinct)
  • Paleontology from an Amateur Perspective 1 (Palaeocast)
  • Xenoposeidon: the crucial importance of 3D models (SVPOW)
  • Dinosaurios 2.0! (Pseudoplocephalus)
  • Episode 22 – Micropaleontology (Common Descent)
  • That’s a Wrap – 150 things about Canadian palaeo, part 19, THE END! (MCP)
  • Links to interview series on things tyrannosauroidean (Tyrannosauroidea Central)

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • District Paleontologist, ReBecca Hunt-Foster: A Day in the GeoLife Series (Rock-Head Sciences)
  • Meet the artist: Jed Taylor (LITC)
  • Stephanie K. Drumheller-Horton, Paleontologist (Time Scavengers)

Art, books, culture, and fun:

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