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Fossil Friday Roundup: March 30, 2018

Featured Image: Isisfordia duncani, QM F36211 (holotype), an articulated and near complete skeleton in dorsal aspect. From Syme and Salisbury (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • A lake classification concept for a more accurate global estimate of the dissolved inorganic carbon export from terrestrial ecosystems to inland waters (The Science of Nature)
  • Fossil whale barnacles from the lower Pleistocene of Sicily shed light on the coeval Mediterranean cetacean fauna (Carnets Geol)
  • The importance of sampling standardization for comparisons of insect herbivory in deep time: a case study from the late Palaeozoic (RSOS)
  • Osteology and relationships of Libanopycnodus wenzi gen. et sp. nov. and Sigmapycnodus giganteus gen. et sp. nov. (Pycnodontiformes) from the Late Cretaceous of Lebanon (European Journal of Taxonomy)
  • A new pachyrhizodontid fish (Actinopterygii, Teleostei) from the Muhi Quarry (Albian-Cenomanian), Hidalgo, Mexico (Fossil Record)
  • Study of morphological variation of northern Neotropical Ariidae reveals conservatism despite macrohabitat transitions (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Osteology of Batrachuperus londongensis(Urodela, Hynobiidae): study of bony anatomy of a facultatively neotenic salamander from Mount Emei, Sichuan Province, China (PeerJ)
  • Early limb patterning in the direct‐developing salamander Plethodon cinereus revealed by sox9 and col2a1 (Evolution & Development)
  • A new evidence for pachyostotic snake from Turonian of Bosnia-Herzegovina (AGPB)
  • Trophic specialization drives morphological evolution in sea snakes (RSOS)
  • Limb-use by foraging marine turtles, an evolutionary perspective (PeerJ)
  • Phylogeny, biogeography and diversification patterns of side-necked turtles (Testudines: Pleurodira) (RSOS)
  • Taphonomy of Isisfordia duncani specimens from the Lower Cretaceous (upper Albian) portion of the Winton Formation, Isisford, central-west Queensland (RSOS)
  • Apendicular remains of an ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaur from the lower Barremian of Villa de Leiva, Colombia (Boletin de Geología)
  • The evolutionary history of polycotylid plesiosaurians (RSOS)
  • Nest substrate reflects incubation style in extant archosaurs with implications for dinosaur nesting habits (SciRep)
  • Postcranial skeletal anatomy of the holotype and referred specimens of Buitreraptor gonzalezorum Makovicky, Apesteguía and Agnolín 2005 (Theropoda, Dromaeosauridae), from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia (PeerJ)
  • Do specimens attributed to Lystrosaurus murrayi and L. declivis (Triassic Therapsida) represent one species? (South African Journal of Science)
  • Cranial morphology and phylogenetic analysis of Cynosaurus suppostus (Therapsida, Cynodontia) from the upper Permian of the Karoo Basin, South Africa (Paleontologia africana)
  • Playing by the rules? Phenotypic adaptation to temperate environments in an American marsupial (PeerJ)
  • Spalax denizliensis sp. nov. (Spalacidae, Rodentia) from an Early Pleistocene-aged locality in the Denizli Basin (southwestern Turkey) (Turkish Journal of Zoology)
  • New Miocene Carnivora (Mammalia) from Moruorot and Kalodirr, Kenya (PalaeoE)
  • First adequately-known quadrupedal sirenian from Eurasia (Eocene, Bay of Biscay, Huesca, northeastern Spain) (Scientific Reports)
  • Genetic Insight into an Extinct Population of Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) in the Near East (Open Quaternary)
  • Magnetochronology of the Oligocene mammalian faunas in the Lanzhou Basin, Northwest China (Journal of Asian Earth Sciences)
  • On the presence of Late Pleistocene wapiti, Cervus canadensis Erxleben, 1777 (Cervidae, Mammalia) in the Palaeolithic site Climăuți II (Moldova) (Contributions to Zoology)
  • Differentiating percussion pits and carnivore tooth pits using 3D reconstructions and geometric morphometrics (PLOS ONE)
  • Contrasted patterns of evolution of the LINE-1 retrotransposon in perissodactyls: the history of a LINE-1 extinction (Mobile DNA)
  • Identification of in vivo Sulci on the External Surface of Eight Adult Chimpanzee Brains: Implications for Interpreting Early Hominin Endocasts (Brain, Behavior and Evolution)
  • Temporal ranges and ancestry in the hominin fossil record: The case of Australopithecus sediba (South African Journal of Science)
  • Terminal Pleistocene epoch human footprints from the Pacific coast of Canada (PLOS ONE)
  • A terrestrial vertebrate palaeontological review of Aldabra Atoll, Aldabra Group, Seychelles (PLOS ONE)
  • How should we estimate diversity in the fossil record? Testing richness estimators using sampling‐standardised discovery curves (Methods in Ecology and Evolution)
  • Extending the paleontology–biogeography reciprocity with SDMs: Exploring models and data in reducing fossil taxonomic uncertainty (PLOS ONE)
  • The remedial conservation and support jacketing of the Massospondylus carinatus neotype (Paleontologia africana)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 11th Annual SeAVP Conference, May 23–27, 2018, North Carolina (Link)
  • Trekking Across the GOBE: From the Cambrian through the Katian, IGCP 653 Annual Meeting, June 3-7, 2018, Athens, Ohio, USA (Link)
  • European Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists Annual Meeting, Caprica, June 26–July 1, 2018 (Link)
  • 5th International Palaeontological Congress (IPC5), July 9–13, 2018, France (Link)
  • Flugsaurier 2018 Circular, August 10–14, 2018, Los Angeles (Link), Registration Deadline April 9
  • 78th Annual Meeting, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), October 17–20, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Link)
  • 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 4–7, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)


  • The AWG Undergraduate Excellence in Paleontology Award, deadline April 15, 2018 (PaleoSociety)
  • Analytical Paleobiology Short Course, July 19–August 15. Deadline to apply April 1, 2018 (Link)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Methods and Musings:

  • Future of British Columbia’s largest dinosaur fossil collection in jeopardy as funding disagreement closes museum (Link)
  • Martin Grötschel’s opening address to the APE 2018 conference (Academic Publishing in Europe) (SVPOW)
  • Travel, science, and making friends: why you should go to a small conference (PLOS ECR Community)
  • There is Sh*t Going On but it’s not my story to tell (Dynamic Ecology)
  • Don’t do PR before the paper’s out (Musings of a Clumsy Paleontologist)
  • This Mesozoic Month (LITC)

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

Art, books, culture, and fun:

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