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Just out | First record of insects in lignite-bearing formations (upper Eocene) of the central German Leipzig Embayment @ PalZ

Just out @ PalZ First record of insects in lignite-bearing formations (upper Eocene) of the central German Leipzig Embayment Author(s) Lutz Kunzmann, Christian Müller, Karolin Moraweck, Dorothea Bräutigam, Torsten Wappler, André Nel Abstract: The first unequivocal insect remains from compression plant assemblages of the central German Leipzig Embayment (former Weißelster Basin) are reported and briefly described. The fossil taphocoenosis comes from the upper Bartonian or lower Priabonian Luckenau Clay complex (lignite-bearing Borna Formation) that represents sediments of

Just out | δ18O-derived incubation temperatures of oviraptorosaur eggs @ Palaeontology

Just out @ Palaeontology δ18O-derived incubation temperatures of oviraptorosaur eggs Author(s) Romain Amiot, Xu Wang, Shuo Wang, Christophe Lécuyer, Jean-Michel Mazin, Jinyou Mo, Jean-Pierre Flandrois, François Fourel, Xiaolin Wang, Xing Xu, Zhijun Zhang, Zhonghe Zhou Abstract: In order to determine the incubation temperature of eggs laid by non-avian dinosaurs, we analysed the oxygen isotope compositions of both eggshell carbonate (δ18Oc) and embryo bone phosphate (δ18Op) from seven oviraptorosaur eggs with preserved in

Just out | Astragali of Pakicetidae and other early-to-middle Eocene archaeocetes (Mammalia, Cetacea) of Pakistan: locomotion and habitat in the initial stages of whale evolution @ PalZ

Just out @ PalZ Astragali of Pakicetidae and other early-to-middle Eocene archaeocetes (Mammalia, Cetacea) of Pakistan: locomotion and habitat in the initial stages of whale evolution Author(s) Philip D. Gingerich, Kurt Heissig, Ryan M. Bebej, Wighart von Koenigswald Abstract: Richard Dehm and colleagues of the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie in Munich made an important collection of early-to-middle Eocene mammals at Ganda Kas in Pakistan during the winter of 1955/56. The genera and species Ichthyolestes pinfoldi and Gandakasia potens were named

Just out | A fossil unicorn crestfish (Teleostei, Lampridiformes, Lophotidae) from the Eocene of Iran @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ A fossil unicorn crestfish (Teleostei, Lampridiformes, Lophotidae) from the Eocene of Iran Author(s) Donald Davesne Abstract: Lophotidae, or crestfishes, is a family of rare deep-sea teleosts characterised by an enlarged horn-like crest on the forehead. They are poorly represented in the fossil record, by only three described taxa. One specimen attributed to Lophotidae has been described from the pelagic fauna of the middle-late Eocene Zagros Basin, Iran. Originally

Just out | The comparative osteology of Plesiochelys bigleri n. sp., a new coastal marine turtle from the Late Jurassic of Porrentruy (Switzerland) @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ The comparative osteology of Plesiochelys bigleri n. sp., a new coastal marine turtle from the Late Jurassic of Porrentruy (Switzerland) Author(s) Christian Püntener, Jérémy Anquetin, Jean-Paul Billon-Bruyat Abstract: Background During the Late Jurassic, several groups of eucryptodiran turtles inhabited the shallow epicontinental seas of Western Europe. Plesiochelyidae are an important part of this first radiation of crown-group turtles into coastal marine ecosystems. Fossils of Plesiochelyidae occur in many European localities, and are especially abundant

Just out | Taxonomic study of the Cretaceous lacewing family Babinskaiidae (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontoidea: Nymphidoidae), with description of new taxa @ Cretaceous Research

Just out @ Cretaceous Research Taxonomic study of the Cretaceous lacewing family Babinskaiidae (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontoidea: Nymphidoidae), with description of new taxa Author(s) Vladimir N. Makarkin, Sam W. Heads, Sonja Wedmann Abstract: The Cretaceous lacewing family Babinskaiidae comprises nine species in seven genera, of which two new genera and one new species are described herein: Parababinskaia elegans gen. et sp. nov. from the late Aptian Crato Formation of Brazil, and Pseudobabinskaia gen. nov. (with the only species Pseudobabinskaia

Just out | Vase-shaped microfossils from the Tonian Callison Lake Formation of Yukon, Canada: taxonomy, taphonomy and stratigraphic palaeobiology @ Palaeontology

Just out @ Palaeontology Vase-shaped microfossils from the Tonian Callison Lake Formation of Yukon, Canada: taxonomy, taphonomy and stratigraphic palaeobiology Author(s) Phoebe A. Cohen, Spencer W. Irvine, Justin V. Strauss Abstract: Vase-shaped microfossils (VSMs), interpreted as the remains of testate amoebae, are found in late Tonian sedimentary rocks around the world. Here we explore the taxonomy, taphonomy and stratigraphical occurrence of VSMs from the Callison Lake Formation of the Coal Creek

Just out | Europatitan eastwoodi, a new sauropod from the lower Cretaceous of Iberia in the initial radiation of somphospondylans in Laurasia @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ Europatitan eastwoodi, a new sauropod from the lower Cretaceous of Iberia in the initial radiation of somphospondylans in Laurasia Author(s) Fidel Torcida Fernández-Baldor, José Ignacio Canudo, Pedro Huerta, Miguel Moreno-Azanza, Diego Montero Abstract: The sauropod of El Oterillo II is a specimen that was excavated from the Castrillo de la Reina Formation (Burgos, Spain), late Barremian–early Aptian, in the 2000s but initially remained undescribed. A tooth and elements of the axial skeleton, and the scapular and

Just out | Revision of “Balaena” belgica reveals a new right whale species, the possible ancestry of the northern right whale, Eubalaena glacialis, and the ages of divergence for the living right whale species @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ Revision of “Balaena” belgica reveals a new right whale species, the possible ancestry of the northern right whale, Eubalaena glacialis, and the ages of divergence for the living right whale species Author(s) Michelangelo Bisconti, Olivier Lambert, Mark Bosselaers Abstract: In 1941, Abel established Balaena belgica based on a series of fused cervical vertebrae and citing other cranial fragments from the late Neogene of the Antwerp harbor (northern Belgium). Later, Plisnier-Ladame & Quinet (1969) added a neurocranium and other skeletal

Just out | Further study of Late Devonian seed plant Cosmosperma polyloba: its reconstruction and evolutionary significance @ BMC Evolutionary Biology

Just out @ BMC Evolutionary Biology Further study of Late Devonian seed plant Cosmosperma polyloba: its reconstruction and evolutionary significance Author(s) Le Liu, Deming Wang, Meicen Meng and Jinzhuang Xue Abstract: Background The earliest seed plants in the Late Devonian (Famennian) are abundant and well known. However, most of them lack information regarding the frond system and reconstruction. Cosmosperma polyloba represents the first Devonian ovule in China and East Asia, and its cupules, isolated synangiate pollen organs and pinnules have been studied