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Fossil Friday Roundup: June 22, 2018

Editor’s note: Apologies for missing last week’s Fossil Friday Roundup! Below we’ve highlighted papers and blog posts from the past two weeks, so that you’ll remain caught up on all the latest paleo news and views! And be sure to follow us on Twitter, where we regularly post new Open Access papers of interest!

Featured Image: Microraptor zhaoianus, from Li et al. (2018), CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Scan, extract, wrap, compute—a 3D method to analyse morphological shape differences (PeerJ)
  • Low resolution scans can provide a sufficiently accurate, cost- and time-effective alternative to high resolution scans for 3D shape analyses (PeerJ)
  • Parsimony, not Bayesian analysis, recovers more stratigraphically congruent phylogenetic trees (Biology Letters)
  • Practice and prospects in underwater palaeontology (PalaeoE)
  • First record of Cyanobacteria in Cambrian Orsten deposits of Sweden (Palaeontology)
  • Two new species of Primulina (Gesneriaceae) from limestone karsts of China (PeerJ)
  • Correction: The oldest fossil mushroom (PLOS ONE)
  • Waptia fieldensis Walcott, a mandibulate arthropod from the middle Cambrian Burgess Shale (RSOS)
  • Allometric shell growth in infaunal burrowing bivalves: examples of the archiheterodonts Claibornicardia paleopatagonica (Ihering, 1903) and Crassatella kokeni Ihering, 1899 (PeerJ)
  • A comparative study of the gastric ossicles of Trichodactylidae crabs (Brachyura: Decapoda) with comments on the role of diet and phylogeny in shaping morphological traits (PeerJ)
  • New information on Brindabellaspis stensioi Young, 1980, highlights morphological disparity in Early Devonian placoderms (RSOS)
  • The first tetrapod from the mid-Miocene Clarkia lagerstätte (Idaho, USA) (PeerJ)
  • The earliest direct evidence of frogs in wet tropical forests from Cretaceous Burmese amber (Scientific Reports)
  • Convergent evolution of a eusuchian-type secondary palate within Shartegosuchidae. (American Museum Novitates)
  • A new fossil marine lizard with soft tissues from the Late Cretaceous of southern Italy (RSOS)
  • Cranial morphology of Sinovenator changii (Theropoda: Troodontidae) on the new material from the Yixian Formation of western Liaoning, China (PeerJ)
  • Biomechanical evidence suggests extensive eggshell thinning during incubation in the Sanagasta titanosaur dinosaurs (PeerJ)
  • Convergent evolution of a mobile bony tongue in flighted dinosaurs and pterosaurs (PLOS ONE)
  • Cracking the egg: the use of modern and fossil eggs for ecological, environmental and biological interpretation (RSOS)
  • Gorgonopsian therapsids (Nochnitsa gen. nov. and Viatkogorgon) from the Permian Kotelnich locality of Russia (PeerJ)
  • A new therocephalian (Gorynychus masyutinae gen. et sp. nov.) from the Permian Kotelnich locality, Kirov Region, Russia (PeerJ)
  • Dental measurements do not diagnose modern artiodactyl species: Implications for the systematics of Merycoidodontoidea (PalaeoE)
  • Plant-insect interactions patterns in three European paleoforests of the late-Neogene—early-Quaternary (PeerJ)
  • A Miocene pygmy right whale fossil from Australia (PeerJ)
  • A new terrestrial palaeoenvironmental record from the Bering Land Bridge and context for human dispersal (RSOS)
  • The Iceman’s lithic toolkit: Raw material, technology, typology and use (PLOS ONE)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:


  • 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 Frond (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Paleo Profile: The Nonsense Beetle (Laelaps)
  • On the rise of the archosauromorphs (Letters from Gondwana)
  • Dilophosaurus: Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • Sinoceratops: Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • Terrible Teeth Reveal How Dinosaurs Chomped (Laelaps)
  • Misreading the Mokele-Mbembe (the Mokele-Mbembe, Part 1) (TetZoo)
  • Your Friends The Titanosaurs, part 1: Adamantisaurus, Aegyptosaurus, and Ampelosaurus (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Episode 37 – Evolution of Birds (Common Descent)
  • Paleo Profile: The Stardust Beast (Laelaps)
  • New Research Announces New Species and Challenges Evolutionary History of Multituberculates (Royal Tyrrell Museum)
  • The Fast Lives of Early Sperm Whales (Synapsida)

Methods and Musings:

Museums, Folks and Fieldwork:

Art, Books, Culture, Fun:

  • Twenty-Five Years After Jurassic Park, Part 1 (TetZoo)
  • Beast of the Week Reviews Jurassic World Alive (PBW)
  • Call for Entries! New Mexico Museum of Natural History Paleoart Exhibition 2018 (LITC)
  • Rise of the ‘Jurassic Park’ generation (Christian Science Monitor)

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