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Fossil Friday Roundup: June 28, 2019

Featured Image: From Langer et al. (2019).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Nonequilibrium evolution of volatility in origination and extinction explains fat-tailed fluctuations in Phanerozoic biodiversity (Science Advances)
  • Biodiversity, Disparity and Evolvability (Link)
  • Mediterranean Geoscience Reviews: a Mediterranean perspective to geosciences (MGR)
  • Experimental evidence for species-dependent responses in leaf shape to temperature: Implications for paleoclimate inference (PLOS ONE)
  • A novel approach for the metric analysis of fern fronds: Growth and architecture of the Mesozoic fern Weichselia reticulata in the light of modern ferns (PLOS ONE)
  • Scaling laws explain foraminiferal pore patterns (SciRep)
  • Bottom-water deoxygenation at the Peruvian Margin during the last deglaciation recorded by benthic foraminifera (Biogeosciences Discuss)
  • The first fossil Discolomatidae (Coleoptera) from Hispaniola (PalZ)
  • A new calmanostracan crustacean species from the Cretaceous Yixian Formation and a simple approach for differentiating fossil tadpole shrimps and their relatives (Zoological Letters)
  • Revision of the Early Devonian psammosteids from the “Placoderm Sandstone”: Implications for their body shape reconstruction (PalaeoE)
  • The antiarch fish Asterolepis orcadensis from the Scottish Middle Devonian (PalaeoE)
  • Late Eocene (Priabonian) elasmobranchs from the Dry Branch Formation (Barnwell Group) of Aiken County, South Carolina, USA (PaleoBios)
  • Osteology and phylogeny of Robustichthys luopingensis, the largest holostean fish in the Middle Triassic (PeerJ)
  • A new species of dercetid (Teleostei, Aulopiformes) from the type Maastrichtian of southern Limburg, the Netherlands (NJG)
  • A detailed morphological measurement of the seventh specimen of the Indonesian coelacanth,
    Latimeria menadoensis, with a compilation of current morphological data of the species (Link)
  • Phylogeny and evolutionary history of mawsoniid coelacanths (Link)
  • Common themes in tetrapod appendage regeneration: a cellular perspective (EvoDevo)
  • Summary of Taxonomic Diversity and Geographic Distribution of Early Cretaceous Turtles of China (Acta Geologica Sinica)
  • Fossil dipsadid snakes from the Guadeloupe Islands (French West-Indies) and their interactions with past human populations (Geodiversitas)
  • A Paleobiogeographic Problem of the Late Paleozoic Tetrapods in East Eurasia (Acta Geologica Sinica)
  • The Identification of the Tapejarid Dorsal Vertebrate Number and its Implications for the Evolution of the Tapejaridae (Acta Geologica Sinica)
  • New plesiosaurid material from the Maastrichtian type area, the Netherlands (NJG)
  • Marine reptiles and climates of the Jurassic and Cretaceous of Siberia (Link)
  • Repeated Evolution of Herbivorous Crocodyliforms during the Age of Dinosaurs (Current Biology)
  • New Material of Sinopterus (Pterosauria, Tapejaridae) from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of China (AABC)
  • Theropod teeth from the Lower Cretaceous Ilek Formation of Western Siberia, Russia (PZI)
  • Automatic generation of objective footprint outlines (PeerJ)
  • A new desert-dwelling dinosaur (Theropoda, Noasaurinae) from the Cretaceous of south Brazil (SciRep)
  • A new mormoopid bat from the Oligocene (Whitneyan and early Arikareean) of Florida, and phylogenetic relationships of the major clades of Mormoopidae (Mammalia, Chiroptera). (Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History)
  • Establishing a neotype for Crocidura obtusa Kretzoi, 1938 (Mammalia, Soricidae): an emended description of this Pleistocene white-toothed shrew species (PalZ)
  • Mammal tooth traces in a ferruginous cave in southeastern Brazil and their relevance to cave legal protection (AABC)
  • Evidence of strong stabilizing effects on the evolution of boreoeutherian (Mammalia) dental proportions (Ecology and Evolution)
  • Eocene Antarctica: a window into the earliest history of modern whales (APS)
  • Brain evolution in Proboscidea (Mammalia, Afrotheria) across the Cenozoic (SciRep)
  • Large mammal fauna of the West Siberian forest-tundra zone in the late Holocene (Russian Journal of Theriology)
  • Assessing the Causes Behind the Late Quaternary Extinction of Horses in South America Using Species Distribution Models (Frontier in Ecology and Evolution)
  • Morphometric analysis of fossil hylobatid molars from the Pleistocene of southern China (Anthropological Sciences)
  • Relevance of the eastern African coastal forest for early hominin biogeography (Journal of Human Evolution)
  • Habitat suitability and the genetic structure of human populations during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) in Western Europe (PLOS ONE)
  • A giant early Pleistocene bird from eastern Europe: unexpected component of terrestrial faunas at the time of early Homo arrival (JVP)
  • Nuclear DNA from two early Neandertals reveals 80,000 years of genetic continuity in Europe (Link)
  • Persistent Neanderthal occupation of the open-air site of ‘Ein Qashish, Israel (PLOS ONE)
  • Buffon, Jefferson and the theory of New World degeneracy (Evolution Education and Outreach)
  • Main lady of russian paleontology. To the 165th anniversary of the honorary academician Maria V. Pavlova (Link)

Preprints and Postprints:

  • Cambrian Chordates and Vetulicolians (PaleorXiv)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources: 


  • Judith River Symposium (Great Plains Dinosaur Museum), Malta, Montana, June 28–30 (Link)
  • Dino Fest at the Science Museum of Minnesota, July 13, 10 am–4 pm (Link)
  • Cretaceous & Beyond: Paleo of Western Interior (Dickinson Museum), Dickinson, North Dakota, September 14–17 (Link)
  • Annual Meeting of the Paleontological Society (Paläontologische Gesellschaft), September 15–18, 2019, Munich (Link)

News and Views:

Animals and Anatomy, Fossils and Fossilization:

  • The Mysterious Swimming Habits Of The Ancient Ammonite (Science Friday)
  • Alanqa: Beast of the Week (PBW)
  • Supersaurus, Ultrasaurus and Dystylosaurus in 2019, part 4: what is the holotype of Supersaurus? (SVPOW)
  • Supersaurus, Ultrasaurus and Dystylosaurus in 2019, part 5: what actually is Supersaurus? (SVPOW)
  • Your Friends The Titanosaurs, part 13: Isisaurus, Jainosaurus, and Jiangshanosaurus (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Opal, Ornithopods, and Australia (Dr. Neurosaurus)
  • Tyrannosaurus, a social creature? (Link)
  • What Fossils Reveal About T. rex Hunting Habits (Link)
  • A Strange Dinosaur’s Unusual Strut (Laelaps)
  • Blue colour tones in fossilised prehistoric feathers (Link)
  • What’s the Deal with Enantiornithean Tails? (Raptormaniacs)
  • Book review – The Tales Teeth Tell: Development, Evolution, Behavior (The Inquisitive Biologist)

Featured Folks, Fieldwork, and Museums:

  • Liam Elward: Of Proboscideans and Paleo Memes (LITC)
  • Darwin’s Worst Nightmare Part II: I Will Do Anything (Paige Madison)
  • Going viral: Local paleontologist uses social media to inspire, reveal history (Link)
  • Garden Park Fossil Area (Atlas Obscura)
  • Making tracks: Walking in the footsteps of New England dinosaurs (Link)

Methods and Musings:

  • Here’s what I mean about bone colour in photos being misleading (SVPOW)
  • More on varying colours of bones (SVPOW)
  • Plankton Photo Shoot Part II: Creating the Perfect Image (Time Scavengers)
  • Studying Paleontology Communities on Social Media (Time Scavengers)
  • New podcast: Dinosaur explosion! (GTV)

Arts, Books, Culture, Fun:

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