Africa

Just out | Newly Discovered Crania of Nyanzachoerus jaegeri (Tetraconodontinae, Suidae, Mammalia) from the Woranso-Mille (Ethiopia) and Reappraisal of Its Generic Status @ Journal of Mammalian Evolution

Just out @ Journal of Mammalian Evolution Newly Discovered Crania of Nyanzachoerus jaegeri (Tetraconodontinae, Suidae, Mammalia) from the Woranso-Mille (Ethiopia) and Reappraisal of Its Generic Status Author(s) Hailay G. Reda, Ignacio A. Lazagabaster, Yohannes Haile-Selassie Abstract: Suids are among the most common mammalian groups in the Plio-Pleistocene vertebrate fossil record of Africa and the most studied largely due to their significance as biochronological indicators. However, despite their abundance in the fossil record, the remains are mostly isolated teeth

On the News | Kenya | Discovery: Elephant fossil found in Turkana @ The East African

On the News @ The East African Title:  Discovery: Elephant fossil found in Turkana Kari Mutu Excerpt: “In 2016, Apollo Longaye, a Dassanach man from the Lake Turkana region of northern Kenya, came across a fossil. As a trained fossil hunter and preparator with the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI), Longaye realised that it was quite a find. After a week of excavation, Longaye and his colleagues unearthed the entire skull

Just out | Widespread paleopolyploidy, gene tree conflict, and recalcitrant relationships among the carnivorous Caryophyllales @ American Journal of Botany

Just out @ American Journal of Botany Widespread paleopolyploidy, gene tree conflict, and recalcitrant relationships among the carnivorous Caryophyllales Author(s) Joseph F. Walker, Ya Yang, Michael J. Moore, Jessica Mikenas, Alfonso Timoneda, Samuel F. Brockington and Stephen A. Smith Abstract: PREMISE OF STUDY: The carnivorous members of the large, hyperdiverse Caryophyllales (e.g., Venus flytrap, sundews, and Nepenthes pitcher plants) represent perhaps the oldest and most diverse lineage of carnivorous plants. However, despite numerous studies seeking to elucidate their evolutionary

Just out |  The fishes of Bukwa, Uganda, a lower Miocene (Burdigalian) locality of East Africa @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Just out @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology The fishes of Bukwa, Uganda, a lower Miocene (Burdigalian) locality of East Africa Author(s) Alison M. Murray, Thodoris Argyriou, Susanne Cote & Laura MacLatchy Abstract: Renewed research at the early Miocene fossil site of Bukwa in northeastern Uganda has resulted in new fossil finds, including fish, with representatives of two families, Cichlidae and Alestidae. Although the two families were previously briefly reported from Bukwa, we here give

On the News | Teeth tell tale of hippo’s quick spread across Africa @ Nature News

On the News @ Nature News Title:  Teeth tell tale of hippo’s quick spread across Africa Traci Watson Excerpt: “Quick, huge and deadly, the common hippo is the king of Africa’s rivers. Now fossils suggest that hippos assumed power swiftly and that changes in vegetation helped to propel their rise. An analysis of hippo teeth excavated at an Ethiopian fossil site suggests that the hippo went from bit player to boss

Just out | The Venice specimen of Ouranosaurus nigeriensis (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ The Venice specimen of Ouranosaurus nigeriensis (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) Author(s) Filippo Bertozzo, Fabio Marco Dalla Vecchia, Matteo Fabbri Abstract: Ouranosaurus nigeriensis is an iconic African dinosaur taxon that has been described on the basis of two nearly complete skeletons from the Lower Cretaceous Gadoufaoua locality of the Ténéré desert in Niger. The entire holotype and a few bones attributed to the paratype formed the basis of the original description by Taquet (1976). A mounted skeleton that appears

Just out | Ammonoids from the late Givetian Taouzites Bed of Ouidane Chebbi (eastern Tafilalt, SE Morocco) @ Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen

Just out @ Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie – Abhandlungen Ammonoids from the late Givetian Taouzites Bed of Ouidane Chebbi (eastern Tafilalt, SE Morocco) Author(s) Bockwinkel, Jürgen; Becker, Ralph Thomas; Aboussalam, Zhor Sarah Abstract: A marly, nodular limestone bed at Ouidane Chebbi in the eastern Tafilalt (eastern ramp of the Tafilalt Platform, SE Morocco) yielded a rich and diverse ammonoid fauna of the late Givetian Taouzites taouzensis Zone (MD III-D), which falls in the higher

Just out | Basal hippopotamines from the upper Miocene of Chorora, Ethiopia @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Just out @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Basal hippopotamines from the upper Miocene of Chorora, Ethiopia Author(s) Jean-Renaud Boisserie, Gen Suwa, Berhane Asfaw, Fabrice Lihoreau, Raymond L. Bernor, Shigehiro Katoh & Yonas Beyene Abstract: The Hippopotamidae have been a major component of the African wetland fauna for the last 7 million years, following the ‘Hippopotamine Event,’ i.e., the sudden emergence in the fossil record of the subfamily Hippopotaminae, including both extant species.

Just out | Litho- and biostratigraphy, facies patterns and depositional sequences of the Cenomanian-Turonian deposits in the Ksour Mountains (Saharan Atlas, Algeria) @ Cretaceous Research

Just out @ Cretaceous Research Litho- and biostratigraphy, facies patterns and depositional sequences of the Cenomanian-Turonian deposits in the Ksour Mountains (Saharan Atlas, Algeria) Author(s) Madani Benyoucef, Kaddour Mebarki, Bruno Ferré, Mohammed Adaci, Luc Georges Bulot, Delphine Desmares, Loïc Villier, Mustapha Bensalah, Camille Frau, Christina Ifrim, Fatima-Zohra Malti Abstract: The Cenomanian-Turonian deposits exposed in the Ksour Mountains, western part of the Saharan Atlas (Algeria), document marine shelf environments that had been thriving

Just out | Pre-Quaternary divergence and subsequent radiation explain longitudinal patterns of genetic and morphological variation in the striped skink, Heremites vittatus @ BMC Evolutionary Biology

Just out @ BMC Evolutionary Biology Pre-Quaternary divergence and subsequent radiation explain longitudinal patterns of genetic and morphological variation in the striped skink, Heremites vittatus Author(s) Felix Baier, Andreas Schmitz, Hedwig Sauer-Gürth and Michael Wink Abstract: Background Many animal and plant species in the Middle East and northern Africa have a predominantly longitudinal distribution, extending from Iran and Turkey along the eastern Mediterranean coast into northern Africa. These species are potentially characterized by longitudinal patterns