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Just out | First record of insects in lignite-bearing formations (upper Eocene) of the central German Leipzig Embayment @ PalZ

Just out @ PalZ First record of insects in lignite-bearing formations (upper Eocene) of the central German Leipzig Embayment Author(s) Lutz Kunzmann, Christian Müller, Karolin Moraweck, Dorothea Bräutigam, Torsten Wappler, André Nel Abstract: The first unequivocal insect remains from compression plant assemblages of the central German Leipzig Embayment (former Weißelster Basin) are reported and briefly described. The fossil taphocoenosis comes from the upper Bartonian or lower Priabonian Luckenau Clay complex (lignite-bearing Borna Formation) that represents sediments of

Just out | The comparative osteology of Plesiochelys bigleri n. sp., a new coastal marine turtle from the Late Jurassic of Porrentruy (Switzerland) @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ The comparative osteology of Plesiochelys bigleri n. sp., a new coastal marine turtle from the Late Jurassic of Porrentruy (Switzerland) Author(s) Christian Püntener, Jérémy Anquetin, Jean-Paul Billon-Bruyat Abstract: Background During the Late Jurassic, several groups of eucryptodiran turtles inhabited the shallow epicontinental seas of Western Europe. Plesiochelyidae are an important part of this first radiation of crown-group turtles into coastal marine ecosystems. Fossils of Plesiochelyidae occur in many European localities, and are especially abundant

Just out | Europatitan eastwoodi, a new sauropod from the lower Cretaceous of Iberia in the initial radiation of somphospondylans in Laurasia @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ Europatitan eastwoodi, a new sauropod from the lower Cretaceous of Iberia in the initial radiation of somphospondylans in Laurasia Author(s) Fidel Torcida Fernández-Baldor, José Ignacio Canudo, Pedro Huerta, Miguel Moreno-Azanza, Diego Montero Abstract: The sauropod of El Oterillo II is a specimen that was excavated from the Castrillo de la Reina Formation (Burgos, Spain), late Barremian–early Aptian, in the 2000s but initially remained undescribed. A tooth and elements of the axial skeleton, and the scapular and

Just out | Revision of “Balaena” belgica reveals a new right whale species, the possible ancestry of the northern right whale, Eubalaena glacialis, and the ages of divergence for the living right whale species @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ Revision of “Balaena” belgica reveals a new right whale species, the possible ancestry of the northern right whale, Eubalaena glacialis, and the ages of divergence for the living right whale species Author(s) Michelangelo Bisconti, Olivier Lambert, Mark Bosselaers Abstract: In 1941, Abel established Balaena belgica based on a series of fused cervical vertebrae and citing other cranial fragments from the late Neogene of the Antwerp harbor (northern Belgium). Later, Plisnier-Ladame & Quinet (1969) added a neurocranium and other skeletal

Just out | Complex neuroanatomy in the rostrum of the Isle of Wight theropod Neovenator salerii @ Nature Ecology & Evolution

Just out @ Nature Ecology & Evolution Complex neuroanatomy in the rostrum of the Isle of Wight theropod Neovenator salerii Author(s) Chris Tijani Barker, Darren Naish, Elis Newham, Orestis L. Katsamenis & Gareth Dyke Abstract: The discovery of large, complex, internal canals within the rostra of fossil reptiles has been linked with an enhanced tactile function utilised in an aquatic context, so far in pliosaurids, the Cretaceous theropod Spinosaurus, and the related spinosaurid Baryonyx. Here, we report the presence

On the News | Switzerland | Découverte de Nouvelles Traces de Dinosaure @ Le Matin

On the News @ Le Matin Title:  Découverte de Nouvelles Traces de Dinosaure Excerpt: “L’environnement du Jura au Jurassique supérieur, il y a environ 152 millions d’années, se compare à celui des Bahamas d’aujourd’hui. Les variations du niveau marin y ont permis l’émersion des terres, et donc l’installation prolongée de populations de dinosaures ainsi que la préservation de leurs empreintes. Le nouveau type de traces, baptisé Jurabrontes curtedulensis, est validé

On the News | UK | Dinosaurs’ sensitive snouts enabled courtship ‘face stroking’, study suggests @ The Guardian

On the News @ The Guardian Title:  Dinosaurs’ sensitive snouts enabled courtship ‘face stroking’, study suggests Excerpt: “Dinosaurs’ faces might have been much more sensitive than previously thought and may have helped them feed more carefully or woo potential mates, according to new research. Experts from the University of Southampton used advanced X-ray and 3D-imaging techniques to look inside the fossilised skull of Neovenator salerii – a large carnivorous land-based dinosaur found

Just out | The skeletons of Cyclops and Lestrigons: misinterpretation of Quaternary vertebrates as remains of the mythological giants @ Historical Biology

Just out @ Historical Biology The skeletons of Cyclops and Lestrigons: misinterpretation of Quaternary vertebrates as remains of the mythological giants Author(s) Marco Romano & Marco Avanzini Abstract: The myth of giants as first inhabitants of countries is a common legend shared by different cultures. In this paper, we highlight that one of the determining factors of the origination of the myth was the discovery of large vertebrate bones (largely Cenozoic), initially interpreted

Just out | Ademosynidae (Insecta: Coleoptera): A new concept for a coleopteran key taxon and its phylogenetic affinities to the extant suborders @ Palaeontologia Electronica

Just out @ Palaeontologia Electronica Ademosynidae (Insecta: Coleoptera): A new concept for a coleopteran key taxon and its phylogenetic affinities to the extant suborders Author(s) Evgeny V. Yan, Rolf G. Beutel, and Alexander G. Ponomarenko Abstract: †Ademosynidae is a controversial extinct family of Coleoptera, first discovered in Australian Upper-Triassic deposits. The last known representative is known from the Early Jurassic of Kirghizstan. Type material from the collection of Moscow Paleontological Institute

Just out |  Endo- and epilithic faunal succession in a Pliocene–Pleistocene cave on Rhodes, Greece: record of a transgression @ Palaeontology

Just out @ Palaeontology Endo- and epilithic faunal succession in a Pliocene–Pleistocene cave on Rhodes, Greece: record of a transgression Author(s) Margret Steinthorsdottir, Eckart Håkansson Abstract: A fossil cave and associated sediments and fossil fauna located on the Greek island of Rhodes in the eastern Aegean Sea is reported here, and the depositional history discussed. The sediments were deposited during the late Pliocene, in the interstitial space between basement boulders of