Oceania

On the News | Australia | Ancient marine fossils preserved under a busy Canberra bridge @ ABC News

On the News @ ABC News Title:  Ancient marine fossils preserved under a busy Canberra bridge Penny Travers Excerpt: “Thousands of people drive over a small bridge on Canberra’s Fairbairn Avenue every day, unaware that beneath it lay ancient marine fossils. The mudstone rock outcrop on Woolshed Creek contains brachiopods, trilobites, pelecypods, corals and bryozoan fossils from the Silurian geological period. The site was discovered by the father of Australian

Just out |  Two fossil species of Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) from the Oligo-Miocene Golden Fleece locality in Tasmania, Australia @ American Journal of Botany

Just out @ American Journal of Botany Two fossil species of Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) from the Oligo-Miocene Golden Fleece locality in Tasmania, Australia Author(s) Myall Tarran, Peter G. Wilson, Michael K. Macphail, Greg J. Jordan and Robert S. Hill Abstract: PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The capsular-fruited genus Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) is one of the most widely distributed flowering plant genera in the Pacific but is extinct in Australia today. The center of geographic origin for the genus and the reason for

Just out | The biochronology and palaeobiogeography of Baru (Crocodylia: Mekosuchinae) based on new specimens from the Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ The biochronology and palaeobiogeography of Baru (Crocodylia: Mekosuchinae) based on new specimens from the Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia Author(s) Adam M. Yates Abstract: New records of the Oligo–Miocene mekosuchine crocodylian, Baru, from Queensland and the Northern Territory are described. Baru wickeni and Baru darrowi are accepted as valid species in the genus and their diagnoses are revised. Both species are present in Queensland and the Northern Territory but are restricted in time, with B. wickeni known

Just out | Last Glacial pollen–climate reconstructions from Northland, New Zealand @ Journal of Quaternary Science

Just out @ Journal of Quaternary Science Last Glacial pollen–climate reconstructions from Northland, New Zealand Author(s) R.M. Newnham, B. V. Alloway, K.A. Holt, K. Butler, A.B.H. Rees, J.M. Wilmshurst, G. Dunbar, I. Hajdas Abstract: Despite wide-ranging interest in the vegetation and climate of Northland, New Zealand, during the last glacial cycle, the region and timeframe lack quantitative climate reconstructions while land-based pollen records have tended to be poorly dated and

On the News | Australia | Kangaroo-Sized Turkey Lived Millions of Years Ago – and Flew @ Newsmax

On the News @ Newsmax Title:  Kangaroo-Sized Turkey Lived Millions of Years Ago – and Flew J. Wheaton Excerpt: “Kangaroo-sized turkeys flew in Australia millions of years ago, according to researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide. Fossils discovered in caves in western Australia reveal these giant brush turkeys were as large as 3.2 feet and likely could fly and roosted in trees, CNet reported. Known as Progura gallinacea, the megapodes are

On the News | Canada | Chiropractor on holiday discovers B.C.'s first dinosaur skull @ CBC News

On the News @ CBC News Title:  Chiropractor on holiday discovers B.C.’s first dinosaur skull Roshini Nair Excerpt: “A Vancouver Island chiropractor on a camping trip in Tumbler Ridge, B.C., discovered a stunning addition to B.C.’s dinosaur fossil collection: the province’s first dinosaur skull. Rick Lambert, along with his wife Sonia, had been spending time exploring the hiking trails in the area in B.C.’s northeast. The Tumbler Ridge area has

Just out | Taxonomic review of the late Cenozoic megapodes (Galliformes: Megapodiidae) of Australia @ Royal Society Open Science

Just out @ Royal Society Open Science Taxonomic review of the late Cenozoic megapodes (Galliformes: Megapodiidae) of Australia Author(s) Elen Shute, Gavin J. Prideaux, Trevor H. Worthy Abstract: Megapodes are unusual galliform birds that use passive heat sources to incubate their eggs. Evolutionary relationships of extant megapode taxa have become clearer with the advent of molecular analyses, but the systematics of large, extinct forms (Progura gallinacea, Progura naracoortensis) from the late Cenozoic of Australia has been

Just out | Transoceanic origin of microendemic and flightless New Caledonian weevils @ Royal Society Open Science

Just out @ Royal Society Open Science Transoceanic origin of microendemic and flightless New Caledonian weevils Author(s) Emmanuel F. A. Toussaint, Rene Tänzler, Michael Balke, Alexander Riedel Abstract: The origin of the astonishing New Caledonian biota continues to fuel a heated debate among advocates of a Gondwanan relict scenario and defenders of late oceanic dispersal. Here, we study the origin of New Caledonian Trigonopterus flightless weevils using a multimarker molecular phylogeny.

On the News | Australia | Marsupial lions, giant kangaroos and huge lizards: The treasures of the Naracoorte Caves @ ABC

On the News @ ABC Title:  Marsupial lions, giant kangaroos and huge lizards: The treasures of the Naracoorte Caves Liz Reed and Lee Arnold Excerpt: “In 1857, guided by the flickering light of a candle deep in a cave at Naracoorte in South Australia, the reverend Julian Tenison-Woods stumbled across thousands of tiny bones of rodents and small marsupials buried at the base of crystal columns. Without knowing it, Woods had

Just out | A methodology of theropod print replication utilising the pedal reconstruction of Australovenator and a simulated paleo-sediment @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ A methodology of theropod print replication utilising the pedal reconstruction of Australovenator and a simulated paleo-sediment Author(s) Matt A. White , Alex G. Cook, Steven J. Rumbold Abstract: Distinguishing the difference between theropod and ornithopod footprints has proved a difficult task due to their similarities. Herein our aim was to produce a method where a skeleton could be more closely matched to actual fossilised footprints. The reconstructed