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Just out | A large pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Upper Jurassic of Liuhuanggou, Xinjiang, People's Republic of China @ Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen

Just out @ Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie – Abhandlungen A large pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Upper Jurassic of Liuhuanggou, Xinjiang, People’s Republic of China Author(s) Maisch, Michael W.; Matzke, Andreas T. Abstract: Remains of a pterodactyloid monofenestrate pterosaur are described from the lower Qigu Formation (? Oxfordian, lower Upper Jurassic) of Liuhuanggou near Urumqi in the southern Junggar Basin, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China. The taxon

On the News | Japan | Japan’s largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton unearthed in Hokkaido @ The Japan Times

On the News @ The Japan Times Title:  Japan’s largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton unearthed in Hokkaido Excerpt: “Japanese researchers said Thursday they have unearthed the remains of an 8-meter-long Hadrosaurid, dating from around 72 million years ago, in the mountains of Hokkaido, making it the largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton discovered in the country. The team involving members of Hokkaido University and a museum in the town of Mukawa, Hokkaido, hailed

On the News | India | Scientists find nine-million-year-old ape fossils in Himachal Pradesh @ Down to Earth

On the News @ Down to Earth Title:  Scientists find nine-million-year-old ape fossils in Himachal Pradesh Excerpt: “In a significant development in research on human evolution, scientists have found that a very primitive ape-like ancestor which was hitherto considered a native of only Eurasia had existed in India too. Scientists discovered the surprise fossil during an excavation in Haritalyangar in Shiwalik hills region in Himachal Pradesh, about 120 km from Shimla

Just out | A new stem bythinine in Cretaceous Burmese amber and early evolution of specialized predatory behaviour in pselaphine rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) @ Journal of Systematic Palaeontology

Just out @ Journal of Systematic Palaeontology A new stem bythinine in Cretaceous Burmese amber and early evolution of specialized predatory behaviour in pselaphine rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) Author(s) Zi-Wei Yin, Joseph Parker, Chen-Yang Cai, Di-Ying Huang & Li-Zhen Li Abstract: Comprising more than 10,000 valid species, the staphylinid subfamily Pselaphinae is a major element of epigean habitats, and among the most diverse groups of rove beetles. Pselaphinae is split basally

On the News | Ancient-human genomes plucked from cave dirt @ Nature News and Comments

On the News @ Nature News and Comments Ancient-human genomes plucked from cave dirt Excerpt: “Bones and teeth aren’t the only ways to learn about extinct human relatives. For the first time, researchers have recovered ancient-human DNA without having obvious remains — just dirt from the caves the hominins lived in. The technique opens up a new way to probe prehistory. From sediments in European and Asian caves, a team

On the News | India | Scientists discover nine million-year-old ape fossils in Himachal Pradesh hills @ FirstPost

On the News @ FirstPost Title:  Scientists discover nine million-year-old ape fossils in Himachal Pradesh hills Excerpt: “In a significant development in research on human evolution, scientists have found that a very primitive ape-like ancestor which was hitherto considered a native of only Eurasia had existed in India too. Scientists discovered the surprise fossil during an excavation in Haritalyangar in Shivalik hills region in Himachal Pradesh, about 120 kilometres from

On the News | India | Discovery in Sivalik hills seen as fresh evidence of extinct ancestor of gibbon @ The Telegraph India

On the News @ The Telegraph India Title:  Teeth fossils back 1979 primate find – Discovery in Sivalik hills seen as fresh evidence of extinct ancestor of gibbon Excerpt: “Scientists have labelled two fossilised teeth from nine million years ago recovered from India’s Sivalik hills as fresh evidence for an extinct primate named Krishnapithecus first proposed 38 years ago. Indian and US scientists who studied the two infant molar teeth have said

Just out | The first juvenile specimen of Manchurochelys manchoukuoensis from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ The first juvenile specimen of Manchurochelys manchoukuoensis from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota Author(s) Shuai Shao, Yang Yang, Lan Li, Da-Yong Sun, Chang-Fu Zhou Abstract: A small juvenile turtle is described from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota, shedding light on the juvenile morphology and ontogeny of Manchurochelys manchoukuoensis. Several juvenile features are uncovered, such as a small and circular carapace (less than half of the adult),

Just out | The first species of Hapalodectes (Mesonychia, Mammalia) from the middle Paleocene of China (Qianshan Basin, Anhui Province) sheds light on the initial radiation of hapalodectids @ Palaeontology

Just out @ Palaeontology The first species of Hapalodectes (Mesonychia, Mammalia) from the middle Paleocene of China (Qianshan Basin, Anhui Province) sheds light on the initial radiation of hapalodectids Author(s) Floréal Solé, Eric De Bast, Jian Yang, Cheng-Sen Li, Thierry Smith Abstract: A lower jaw of the mesonychian Hapalodectes is reported from Nongshanian sediments (Upper Doumu Formation; middle Paleocene) of the Qianshan Basin (Anhui Province, China). The fragmentary mandible is

Starfishes and other stars | New Species Reported This Week

Unlike other weeks, no newly described species received considerable media coverage this week. Vertebrata continues dominant in new species reported, but descriptions are very diverse: fishes, dinosaurs, medium-sized mammals, echinoderms, are accompanied by new traces and organisms incerta sedis. Ages are also very diverse, spanning from the Middle Cambrian to the Late Neogene. The new species reported this week come from America (USA, Argentina), Europe (Italy, Czech Republic and Russia), and Asia (China). Full account of fossil species reported this week: