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Just out | Aalenian-Bajocian belemnites from the Middle and High Atlas, Morocco: taxonomy, biostratigraphy and palaeobiogeographical affinities @ Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen

Just out @ Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie – Abhandlungen Aalenian-Bajocian belemnites from the Middle and High Atlas, Morocco: taxonomy, biostratigraphy and palaeobiogeographical affinities Author(s) Weis, Robert; Sadki, Driss; Mariotti, Nino Abstract: The early Middle Jurassic represents an interval of important taxonomic diversification in belemnites in the Western Tethys. Field work in the Moroccan Atlas mountains has permitted to collect numerous belemnite rostra, ranging from the uppermost Aalenian (Concavum Zone) to

Just out | Pressure flaking to serrate bifacial points for the hunt during the MIS5 at Sibudu Cave (South Africa) @ PLOS one

Just out @ PLOS one Pressure flaking to serrate bifacial points for the hunt during the MIS5 at Sibudu Cave (South Africa) Author(s) Veerle Rots , Carol Lentfer, Viola C. Schmid, Guillaume Porraz, Nicholas J. Conard Abstract: Projectile technology is considered to appear early in the southern African Middle Stone Age (MSA) and the rich and high resolution MSA sequence of Sibudu Cave in KwaZulu-Natal has provided many new insights

On the News | Les « plus vieux champignons du monde » découverts en Afrique du Sud @ Radio Canada

On the News @ Radio Canada Title:  Les « plus vieux champignons du monde » découverts en Afrique du Sud Excerpt: “La découverte de fossiles de champignons vieux de 2,4 milliards d’années pourrait modifier notre conception de l’émergence de la vie sur Terre, selon une nouvelle étude publiée dans le magazine spécialisé Nature Ecology & Evolution. Les fossiles, retrouvés dans des pierres autrefois submergées sous les fonds marins, ont conservé l’apparence de champignons

On the News | Fossils may be earliest known multicellular life: study @ France Presse

On the News @ France Presse Title:  Fossils may be earliest known multicellular life: study Excerpt: “Fossils accidentally discovered in South Africa are probably the oldest fungi ever found by a margin of 1.2 billion years, rewriting the evolutionary story of these organisms which are neither flora nor fauna, researchers said Monday. If verified as both fungal and multicellular, the 2.4 billion-year-old microscopic creatures — whose slender filaments are bundled

Just out | Fossil eukaryotes: Fungal origins? @ Nature Ecology & Evolution

Just out @ Nature Ecology & Evolution Fossil eukaryotes: Fungal origins? Author(s) Nicola McLoughlin Excerpt: “Newly discovered filamentous fossils from 2.4-billion-year-old oceanic lavas suggest that eukaryotes of possible fungal affinity are much older than previously thought. Palaeontological evidence reported by Bengtson and colleagues from Palaeoproterozoic sub-seafloor lavas of South Africa challenges current thinking about when and where eukaryotes evolved. Intriguing filamentous microfossils are reported from mineralized vesicles in the lavas that

Just out | Fungus-like mycelial fossils in 2.4-billion-year-old vesicular basalt @ Nature Ecology & Evolution

Just out @ Nature Ecology & Evolution Fungus-like mycelial fossils in 2.4-billion-year-old vesicular basalt Author(s) Stefan Bengtson, Birger Rasmussen, Magnus Ivarsson, Janet Muhling, Curt Broman, Federica Marone, Marco Stampanoni & Andrey Bekker Abstract: Fungi have recently been found to comprise a significant part of the deep biosphere in oceanic sediments and crustal rocks. Fossils occupying fractures and pores in Phanerozoic volcanics indicate that this habitat is at least 400 million

Just out | Paleoecology and paleobiogeography of Paleocene ostracods in Dineigil area, South Western Desert, Egypt @ Journal of African Earth Sciences

Just out @ Journal of African Earth Sciences Paleoecology and paleobiogeography of Paleocene ostracods in Dineigil area, South Western Desert, Egypt Author(s) Mohamed Youssef, Abdelmoneim Ismail, Abdelbaset El-Sorogy Abstract: Seventy three rock samples were extracted from the Paleocene interval (fourty three meter) in the Dineigil area, South Western Desert, Egypt. The ostracod assemblages in these samples were qualitatively studied. The ostracods are well preserved which allowed us to recognize thirty two

Just out | Anza palaeoichnological site. Late Cretaceous. Morocco. Part II. Problems of large dinosaur trackways and the first African Macropodosaurus trackway @ Journal of African Earth Sciences

Just out @ Journal of African Earth Sciences Anza palaeoichnological site. Late Cretaceous. Morocco. Part II. Problems of large dinosaur trackways and the first African Macropodosaurus trackway Author(s) Moussa Masroura, Noura Lkebira, Félix Pérez-Lorente Abstract: The Anza site shows large ichnological surfaces indicating the coexistence in the same area of different vertebrate footprints (dinosaur and pterosaur) and of different types (tridactyl and tetradactyl, semiplantigrade and rounded without digit marks) and the

On the News | New Fossils Of Carnivore Found In Egypt Named Anubis, God Of Underworld @ The Science Times

On the News @ The Science Times Title:  New Fossils Of Carnivore Found In Egypt Named Anubis, God Of Underworld Excerpt: “Analysis of the Egyptian fossils revealed a new species of an extinct carnivore, hyaenodonts. The new species is named Masrasector nananubis, after the Egyptian god of the underworld. The fossils were found in the Egyptian deserts Southwest of Cairo and known to be the complete remains of the hyaenodonts.

Just out | The phacopine trilobite genera Morocops Basse, 2006 and Adrisiops gen. nov. from the Devonian of Morocco @ Bulletin of Geosciences

Just out @ Bulletin of Geosciences The phacopine trilobite genera Morocops Basse, 2006 and Adrisiops gen. nov. from the Devonian of Morocco Author(s) Viersen AP van, Holland D, Koppka J Abstract: Well-preserved specimens of the phacopine trilobites Morocops Basse (= Barrandeops McKellar & Chatterton) and Adrisiops gen. nov. are recorded from upper Emsian strata in Morocco. Morocops is a problematic taxon; the close similarities of its stratigraphically youngest members to