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Just out | Lizards of the lost arcs: mid-Cenozoic diversification, persistence and ecological marginalization in the West Pacific @ Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Just out @ Proceedings of the Royal Society B Lizards of the lost arcs: mid-Cenozoic diversification, persistence and ecological marginalization in the West Pacific Author(s) Paul M. Oliver, Rafe M. Brown, Fred Kraus, Eric Rittmeyer, Scott L. Travers, Cameron D. Siler Abstract: Regions with complex geological histories often have diverse and highly endemic biotas, yet inferring the ecological and historical processes shaping this relationship remains challenging. Here, in the context of the taxon cycle model

Just out | Near-surface permafrost aggradation in Northern Hemisphere peatlands shows regional and global trends during the past 6000 years @ The Holocene

Just out @ The Holocene Near-surface permafrost aggradation in Northern Hemisphere peatlands shows regional and global trends during the past 6000 years Author(s) Claire C Treat, Miriam C Jones Abstract: The history of permafrost aggradation and thaw in northern peatlands can serve as an indicator of regional climatic history in regions where records are sparse. We infer regional trends in the timing of permafrost aggradation and thaw in North American and

On the News | China | Fossils returned to China @ Xinhuanet

On the News @ Xinhuanet Title:  Fossils returned to China Zhou Xin Excerpt: “Eight fossils of dinosaurs and a bird dating back at least 125 million years have been returned to China from Europe. On Saturday, the fossils, including seven of dinosaurs with feathers and one of a primitive bird, went on display at a paleontological museum in northeast China’s Liaoning Province. They were originally found in the province. The fossils

Just out | New Bulletin of Geosciences Issue with 7 New Paleontological Papers

Just out @ Bulletin of Geosciences Paleontological Papers on this last issue: Late Ordovician rostroconchs (Mollusca) from fluvial erratics in northwestern Europe EBBESTAD JOR, RHEBERGEN F, GUBANOV AP, Bulletin of Geosciences, Vol 92, No 4, pages 405 – 438  download PDF (14.8 MB) Life in the Palaeozoic: an overview of land and sea ecosystems  FERRÓN HG, MARTÍNEZ-PÉREZ C, Bulletin of Geosciences, Vol 92, No 4, pages 439 – 442  download PDF (1.15

On the News | China | Scientists see evidence of iridescent rainbow feathers on a dinosaur @ Los Angeles Times

On the News @ Los Angeles Times Title:  Scientists see evidence of iridescent rainbow feathers on a dinosaur Amina Khan Excerpt: “A team of Chinese, American and Belgian scientists have unearthed a 161-million-year-old dinosaur fossil showing that the animal may have had vibrant, iridescent plumage like that of peacocks and other birds today. The fossil of the dazzling dinosaur, described in the journal Nature Communications, sheds fresh light on the evolution of

Just out | δ18O-derived incubation temperatures of oviraptorosaur eggs @ Palaeontology

Just out @ Palaeontology δ18O-derived incubation temperatures of oviraptorosaur eggs Author(s) Romain Amiot, Xu Wang, Shuo Wang, Christophe Lécuyer, Jean-Michel Mazin, Jinyou Mo, Jean-Pierre Flandrois, François Fourel, Xiaolin Wang, Xing Xu, Zhijun Zhang, Zhonghe Zhou Abstract: In order to determine the incubation temperature of eggs laid by non-avian dinosaurs, we analysed the oxygen isotope compositions of both eggshell carbonate (δ18Oc) and embryo bone phosphate (δ18Op) from seven oviraptorosaur eggs with preserved in

Just out | Astragali of Pakicetidae and other early-to-middle Eocene archaeocetes (Mammalia, Cetacea) of Pakistan: locomotion and habitat in the initial stages of whale evolution @ PalZ

Just out @ PalZ Astragali of Pakicetidae and other early-to-middle Eocene archaeocetes (Mammalia, Cetacea) of Pakistan: locomotion and habitat in the initial stages of whale evolution Author(s) Philip D. Gingerich, Kurt Heissig, Ryan M. Bebej, Wighart von Koenigswald Abstract: Richard Dehm and colleagues of the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie in Munich made an important collection of early-to-middle Eocene mammals at Ganda Kas in Pakistan during the winter of 1955/56. The genera and species Ichthyolestes pinfoldi and Gandakasia potens were named

Just out | A fossil unicorn crestfish (Teleostei, Lampridiformes, Lophotidae) from the Eocene of Iran @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ A fossil unicorn crestfish (Teleostei, Lampridiformes, Lophotidae) from the Eocene of Iran Author(s) Donald Davesne Abstract: Lophotidae, or crestfishes, is a family of rare deep-sea teleosts characterised by an enlarged horn-like crest on the forehead. They are poorly represented in the fossil record, by only three described taxa. One specimen attributed to Lophotidae has been described from the pelagic fauna of the middle-late Eocene Zagros Basin, Iran. Originally

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 | Protonicagus tani gen. et sp. nov., the first stag beetles from Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Aesalinae: Nicagini) @ Cretaceous Research

Just out @ Cretaceous Research Protonicagus tani gen. et sp. nov., the first stag beetles from Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Aesalinae: Nicagini) Author(s) Chenyang Cai, Ziwei Yin, Ye Liu, Diying Huang Abstract: The first stag beetle from the Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber is described and figured. Protonicagus tani gen. et sp. nov. is firmly placed in the extant lucanid subfamily Aesalinae based on the narrow prosternal process, the non-geniculate antenna, and the pronotal and elytral