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Just out | China | The footprints of giants @ Science

Just out @ Science The footprints of giants Author(s) Kathleen McLaughlin Abstract: Chinese paleontologist Xing Lida has gained fame for his collection of stunning amber-encased fossils, including one specimen holding a 99-million-year-old baby dinosaur tail and another preserving the remains of an equally ancient baby bird. But his true passion is studying dinosaur footprints for clues toward constructing a comprehensive map showing where and in which ages dinosaurs roamed through Asia

Just out | Benthic foraminiferal response to environmental changes across Cenomanian/Turonian boundary (OAE2) in the northeastern Tethys, Kopet-Dagh basin @ Journal of African Earth Sciences

Just out @ Journal of African Earth Sciences Benthic foraminiferal response to environmental changes across Cenomanian/Turonian boundary (OAE2) in the northeastern Tethys, Kopet-Dagh basin Author(s) Behnaz Kalanat, Mohammad Vahidinia, Hossein Vaziri-Moghaddam, Mohamad Hosein Mahmudy-Gharaie, Fujio Kumon Abstract: In order to evaluate Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 (OAE2) at the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary and its effects on benthic foraminifera, the Taherabad stratigraphic section in the east of Kopet-Dagh basin was studied for pattern of changes in benthic foraminiferal

Just out |  Enigmatic didactyl tracks from the Jurassic of Iran @ Historical Biology

Just out @ Historical Biology Enigmatic didactyl tracks from the Jurassic of Iran Author(s) Lida Xing, Nasrollah Abbassi & Martin G. Lockley Abstract: Didactyl tracks of theropod affinity are reported in this study based on a small sample of footprints in sandstones within the Middle Jurassic (Aalenian-Bajocian) Dansirit Formation in the Baladeh area, Alborz Mountains, Iran. These tracks superficially resemble footprints attributed to small deinonychosaurian dinosaurs known mainly from the Cretaceous of Asia. The

Just out | Island Rule, quantitative genetics and brain–body size evolution in Homo floresiensis @ Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Just out @ Proceedings of the Royal Society B Island Rule, quantitative genetics and brain–body size evolution in Homo floresiensis Author(s) José Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho, Pasquale Raia Abstract: Colonization of islands often activate a complex chain of adaptive events that, over a relatively short evolutionary time, may drive strong shifts in body size, a pattern known as the Island Rule. It is arguably difficult to perform a direct analysis of the natural selection forces behind

On the News | China | This paleontologist races the bulldozers to track down China’s dinosaurs @ Science News

On the News @ Science News Title:  This paleontologist races the bulldozers to track down China’s dinosaurs Kathleen McLaughlin Excerpt: “Just after daybreak, a three-vehicle caravan arrives at the edge of a lake by this remote village on the coast of China’s Yellow Sea, not far from Confucius’s birthplace. The occupants pile out; grab chisels, brooms, and chalk; and, after a quick survey of the area, start carving through a

Just out | Restudy of the Early Devonian rugose coral Xystriphylloides from South China @ Palaeoworld

Just out @ Palaeoworld Restudy of the Early Devonian rugose coral Xystriphylloides from South China Author(s) Chang-Min Yu Abstract: Early Devonian rugose coral Xystriphylloides in South China is restudied from the perspective of its taxonomic definition, biostratigraphy, paleoecology, and implication for the Yujiang Event. The diagnostic characters of the genus are clarified and its taxonomic position is also revised. In particular the septa of Xystriphylloides are shown to be fibrous rather than trabeculate. Xystriphylloides distinctus Yu n. sp. is

Just out | Taphonomic and palaeovegetational studies in lower Permian (Asselian-Sakmarian) deposits of Chintalapudi Area, Godavari Graben, South India @ Revue de Micropaléontologie

Just out @ Revue de Micropaléontologie Taphonomic and palaeovegetational studies in lower Permian (Asselian-Sakmarian) deposits of Chintalapudi Area, Godavari Graben, South India Author(s) Shreya Mishra, Neerja Jha, Sukhbir Singh Gahalain Abstract: Palynomorphs from lower Permian (Asselian-Sakmarian) deposits from Chintalapudi area of Godavari Graben were used to infer palaeovegetation and palaeoenvironments through palynofacies reconstruction and taphonomic studies. The recovered palynofloral assemblage is dominated by Cordaites with subordinate conifers and glossopterids forming the floral canopy. Fillicopsids, equisetopsids,

On the News | Japan | Fossils found in 1965 identified as eggshell of meat-eater @ The Asahi Shimbun

On the News @ The Asahi Shimbun Title:  Fossils found in 1965 identified as eggshell of meat-eater Kengo Yamada Excerpt: “A high school student’s discovery more than half a century ago turned out to be a fossilized eggshell of a carnivorous dinosaur previously not found in Japan. The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum said on June 5 that the eggshell, unearthed in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, in September 1965, likely derived from

Just out | An enigmatic hawker dragonfly from the Middle Jurassic of China (Odonata, Aeshnoptera) @ PalZ

Just out @ PalZ An enigmatic hawker dragonfly from the Middle Jurassic of China (Odonata, Aeshnoptera) Author(s) Di-ying Huang, André Nel, Chenyang Cai Abstract: The aeshnopteran Propecymatophlebia magnifica gen. et sp. nov. is described from the Middle Jurassic Hiafanggou Formation of Inner Mongolia in China, on the basis of a complete forewing. It confirms the remarkable palaeodiversity of the stem group of the hawker dragonflies in Central Asia in the period between the Middle Jurassic and

Just out | Palaxius salataensis Brönnimann, Cros and Zaninetti, 1972, the oldest crustacean microcoprolite from the early Carboniferous of Guangxi, South China @ PalZ

Just out @ PalZ Palaxius salataensis Brönnimann, Cros and Zaninetti, 1972, the oldest crustacean microcoprolite from the early Carboniferous of Guangxi, South China Author(s) Baba Senowbari-Daryan, Amro Gad El Rab, Katrin Heindel, Eberhard Gischler, Jörn Peckmann Abstract: Palaxius salataensis Brönnimann, Cros and Zaninetti, 1972 is described from early Carboniferous stromatolite mounds of a fore-reef slope setting from Laibin, Guangxi, South China. This is the oldest occurrence of internally structured crustacean coprolites. The geographic distribution and stratigraphic range of the ichnospecies as well as paleoecological implications