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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

Just out | Microbial–caddisfly bioherms in the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation in the Yixian Basin, Western Liaoning, China @ Cretaceous Research

Just out @ Cretaceous Research Microbial–caddisfly bioherms in the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation in the Yixian Basin, Western Liaoning, China Author(s) Enpu Gong, Jiang Xu, Tiehui Wang, Yue Liang, Fei Gao Abstract: Microbial–caddisfly bioherms have recently been discovered in the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation in Western Liaoning, China. They consist of thousands of aggregated caddisfly larval cases that are generally vertically oriented and parallel to each other. These cases are similar in size, 12–14 mm

Just out | Cenomanian Turrilitidae (Cretaceous heteromorph ammonites) from the Koppeh Dagh, northeast Iran: Taxonomy and stratigraphic implications @ Cretaceous Research

Just out @ Cretaceous Research Cenomanian Turrilitidae (Cretaceous heteromorph ammonites) from the Koppeh Dagh, northeast Iran: Taxonomy and stratigraphic implications Author(s) Abdolmajid Mosavinia, Markus Wilmsen Abstract: Early and early middle Cenomanian turrilitid ammonoids from the upper part of the Albian–Cenomanian Aitamir Formation of the Koppeh Dagh (northeast Iran) are described, illustrated and placed in an integrated stratigraphic context. The Aitamir Formation represents a graded siliciclastic shelf system and the turrilitid faunas comprise

Just out | Archaeoteleia Masner in the Cretaceous and a new species of Proteroscelio Brues (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea) @ Journal of Hymenoptera

Just out @ Journal of Hymenoptera Archaeoteleia Masner in the Cretaceous and a new species of Proteroscelio Brues (Hymenoptera, Platygastroidea) Author(s) Elijah J. Talamas, Norman F. Johnson, Matthew L. Buffington, Dong Ren Abstract: The generic concepts of Archaeoteleia Masner and Proteroscelio Brues are expanded to accommodate two new species that are here described: Archaeoteleia astropulvis Talamas sp. n. and Proteroscelio nexus Talamas sp. n. A specimen of Archaeoteleia from Baltic amber is illustrated and discussed. Diagnoses of Proteroscelio, Proterosceliopsis Ortega-Blanco, McKellar & Engel and Bruescelio Ortega-Blanco, McKellar & Engel, a key to Cretaceous platygastroid genera with 14-merous antennae, and a key to the

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