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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

Just out | Complex neuroanatomy in the rostrum of the Isle of Wight theropod Neovenator salerii @ Nature Ecology & Evolution

Just out @ Nature Ecology & Evolution Complex neuroanatomy in the rostrum of the Isle of Wight theropod Neovenator salerii Author(s) Chris Tijani Barker, Darren Naish, Elis Newham, Orestis L. Katsamenis & Gareth Dyke Abstract: The discovery of large, complex, internal canals within the rostra of fossil reptiles has been linked with an enhanced tactile function utilised in an aquatic context, so far in pliosaurids, the Cretaceous theropod Spinosaurus, and the related spinosaurid Baryonyx. Here, we report the presence

On the News | USA | From the Archives: The Cabazon dinosaur builder @ Los Angeles Times

On the News @ Los Angeles Times Title:  From the Archives: The Cabazon dinosaur builder Scott Harrison Excerpt: “Claude K. Bell, a Knott’s Berry Farm sculptor and portrait artist, opened the Wheel Inn cafe in 1958. To attract customers to the restaurant in Cabazon, he began building dinosaurs. Bell thought big. “The brontosaurus is just the beginning.” he said, ” I’ve got 62 acres alongside the freeway. In the next

On the News | Switzerland | Découverte de Nouvelles Traces de Dinosaure @ Le Matin

On the News @ Le Matin Title:  Découverte de Nouvelles Traces de Dinosaure Excerpt: “L’environnement du Jura au Jurassique supérieur, il y a environ 152 millions d’années, se compare à celui des Bahamas d’aujourd’hui. Les variations du niveau marin y ont permis l’émersion des terres, et donc l’installation prolongée de populations de dinosaures ainsi que la préservation de leurs empreintes. Le nouveau type de traces, baptisé Jurabrontes curtedulensis, est validé

On the News | Australia | Dinosaur discovery in Winton could hold key to sauropods diet @ ABC

On the News @ ABC Title:  Dinosaur discovery in Winton could hold key to sauropods diet Nicole Bond Excerpt: “Scientists are hopeful the discovery of a fossilised dinosaur skeleton in outback Queensland will shed light on what was on the menu around 95 million years ago. The most complete sauropod skeleton ever found in the southern hemisphere is being dug up at a sheep station near Winton, in western Queensland.

On the News | Canada | Drumheller to name downtown streets after dinosaurs @ Calgary Herald

On the News @ Calgary Herald Title:  Drumheller to name downtown streets after dinosaurs Anna Junker Excerpt: “Residents and visitors of Drumheller may soon be driving down streets such as Daspletosaurus Avenue or walking along Pachycephalosaurus Way. The Town of Drumheller recently launched an online poll to gather public input on which dinosaur names are worthy of the new street signs. As a part of Drumheller’s Canada 150 celebrations, the

On the News | UK | Dinosaurs’ sensitive snouts enabled courtship ‘face stroking’, study suggests @ The Guardian

On the News @ The Guardian Title:  Dinosaurs’ sensitive snouts enabled courtship ‘face stroking’, study suggests Excerpt: “Dinosaurs’ faces might have been much more sensitive than previously thought and may have helped them feed more carefully or woo potential mates, according to new research. Experts from the University of Southampton used advanced X-ray and 3D-imaging techniques to look inside the fossilised skull of Neovenator salerii – a large carnivorous land-based dinosaur found

On the News | Mexico | La vida de los fósiles no debe quedar solo en las piedras: Prieto Hernández @ Exprés

On the News @ Exprés Title:  La vida de los fósiles no debe quedar solo en las piedras: Prieto Hernández Excerpt: “La paleontología aporta respuestas que hablan de la diversidad de la vida de las especies y cuál es la naturaleza del ser humano. Esta área se ha transformado profundamente, pues se ha convertido en una ciencia sumamente compleja destacó durante la apertura del XV Congreso Nacional de Paleontología realizado