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Fossil Friday Roundup: May 18, 2018

Featured Image:  Pycnodus (BSPG AS I 1209). Scale bar equals 1 cm. Photo credit: Jürgen Kriwet. From Cawley et al. (2018).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Multilevel analysis of dendroclimatic series with the R-package BIOdry (PLOS ONE)
  • Molecular survey of basidiomycetes and divergence time estimation: An Indian perspective (PLOS ONE)
  • A Review of Necrotauliids from the Triassic/Jurassic of England (Trichoptera: Necrotauliidae) (Psyche)
  • New fossil species of Trichodesma LeConte, 1861 (Coleoptera: Ptinidae) from Eocene Baltic amber collected in the Kaliningrad region, Russia (PalaeoE)
  • Niche partitioning as a mechanism for locally high species diversity within a geographically limited genus of blastoid (PLOS ONE)
  • Globally discordant Isocrinida (Crinoidea) migration confirms asynchronous Marine Mesozoic Revolution (Communications Biology)
  • Anatomy, relationships and palaeobiogeographic implications of the first Neogene holomorphic stingray (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae) from the early Miocene of Sulawesi, Indonesia, SE Asia (Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society)
  • A primitive actinopterygian braincase from the Tournaisian of Nova Scotia (RSOS)
  • A quantitative approach to determine the taxonomic identity and ontogeny of the pycnodontiform fish Pycnodus (Neopterygii, Actinopterygii) from the Eocene of Bolca Lagerstätte, Italy (PeerJ)
  • An endangered new species of seasonal killifish of the genus Austrolebias (Cyprinodontiformes: Aplocheiloidei) from the Bermejo river basin in the Western Chacoan Region (PLOS ONE)
  • An examination of the impact of Olson’s extinction on tetrapods from Texas (PeerJ)
  • Tetrapod tracks in Permo–Triassic eolian beds of southern Brazil (Paraná Basin) (PeerJ)
  • Perinatal specimens of Maiasaura from the Upper Cretaceous of Montana (USA): insights into the early ontogeny of saurolophine hadrosaurid dinosaurs (PeerJ)
  • Enamel formation and growth in non-mammalian cynodonts (RSOS)
  • A new Miocene pinniped Allodesmus (Mammalia: Carnivora) from Hokkaido, northern Japan (RSOS)
  • A grazing Gomphotherium in Middle Miocene Central Asia, 10 million years prior to the origin of the Elephantidae (Scientific Reports)
  • The grazing gait, and implications of toppling table geometry for primate footfall sequences (Biology Letters)
  • Ecology of sleeping: the microbial and arthropod associates of chimpanzee beds (RSOS)
  • Endocast morphology of Homo naledi from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa (PNAS)
  • Geometric models to explore mechanisms of dynamic shape change in skeletal muscle (RSOS)
  • fiReproxies: A computational model providing insight into heat-affected archaeological lithic assemblages (PLOS ONE)

Pre-Prints and Post-Prints:

  • Palaeobiological inferences based on long bone epiphyseal and diaphyseal structure – the forelimb of xenarthrans (Mammalia) (BioRXiv)
  • Semi-aquatic adaptations in a spinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of Brazil (PaleorXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

Meetings:

  • 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)
  • 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)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Fossil Friday – Palm Leaf (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • The secret identity of “Agathaumas” (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Bird neural canals are weird, part 2: the lumbosacral expansion (Tetrapod Zoology)
  • Marine animals have been following their preferred climate for millions of years (Link)
  • Miocene (Pt 7): Hornless Rhinos, Long-Tusked Elephants, and Three-toed Horses (Synapsida)

Methods and Musings:

  • An abstract should be a surrogate for a paper, not an advertisement for it (SVPOW)
  • Attending Professional Conferences as an Undergraduate (Time Scavengers)
  • Geologic evidence for changes in paleoclimate on Mars (Time Scavengers)
  • I went to an open science hackathon and all I got was a t-shirt… and hope for the future of science (PLOS ECR)
  • Lessons from the Past: Paleobotany and Climate Change (Letters from Gondwana)
  • The Ivory Tower of Buying Fossils (Birds in Mud)
  • Hosting, preparing, and presenting at a regional conference meeting (Time Scavengers)

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:


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