Just out | Craniodental functional evolution in sauropodomorph dinosaurs @ Paleobiology

Just out @ Paleobiology Craniodental functional evolution in sauropodomorph dinosaurs Author(s) David J. Button, Paul M. Barrett and Emily J. Rayfield Abstract: Sauropodomorpha included the largest known terrestrial vertebrates and was the first dinosaur clade to achieve a global distribution. This success is associated with their early adoption of herbivory, and sauropod gigantism has been hypothesized to be a specialization for bulk feeding and obligate high-fiber herbivory. Here, we apply a combination

On the News | Discovery of horned ‘triceratops-style’ dinosaur in North America could rewrite Earth’s history @ The Sun

On the News @ The Sun Title:  Discovery of horned ‘triceratops-style’ dinosaur in North America could rewrite Earth’s history Jasper Hamill Excerpt: “Archaeologists have found the remains of a dinosaur that could reshape our understanding of the natural history of planet Earth. The “triceratops-style” beast was discovered after its tooth was dug out of rock in Missippipi. The ceratopsid dinosaur is believed to have roamed across North America between 66 and 68

Just out | The first reported ceratopsid dinosaur from eastern North America (Owl Creek Formation, Upper Cretaceous, Mississippi, USA) @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ The first reported ceratopsid dinosaur from eastern North America (Owl Creek Formation, Upper Cretaceous, Mississippi, USA) Author(s) Andrew A. Farke, George E. Phillips Abstract: Ceratopsids (“horned dinosaurs”) are known from western North America and Asia, a distribution reflecting an inferred subaerial link between the two landmasses during the Late Cretaceous. However, this clade was previously unknown from eastern North America, presumably due to limited outcrop of the

Just out | Five new species from the subfamily Entiminae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Dominican amber @ Palaeontologia Electronica

Just out @ Palaeontologia Electronica Five new species from the subfamily Entiminae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Dominican amber Author(s) George Poinar, Jr. and Andrei A. Legalov Abstract: Five new species of Entiminae weevils are described from Dominican amber: Diaprepes squamula sp. nov., resembling D. famelicus (Olivier, 1790) from the West Indies; Lachnopus serraticrus sp. nov., resembling L. acuticollis (Gyllenhal, 1834) from Cuba and L. proteus (Olivier, 1807) from Hispaniola in the tribe

Just out | Morphology and sediment deformation of downslope Brasilichnium trackways on a dune slipface in the Nugget Sandstone of northeastern Utah, USA @ Palaeontologia Electronica

Just out @ Palaeontologia Electronica Morphology and sediment deformation of downslope Brasilichnium trackways on a dune slipface in the Nugget Sandstone of northeastern Utah, USA Author(s) George F. Engelmann and Daniel J. Chure Abstract: The presumed synapsid trackway known as Brasilichnium is known by numerous trackways from many localities throughout the eolian deposits of the Late Triassic to Early Jurassic erg that covered much of the western United States. These trackways occur

Just out | A new diminutive euphyllophyte from the Middle Devonian of West Junggar, Xinjiang, China and its evolutionary implications @ Alcheringa

Just out @ Alcheringa A new diminutive euphyllophyte from the Middle Devonian of West Junggar, Xinjiang, China and its evolutionary implications Author(s) Hong-He Xu, Yao Wang, Peng Tang & Yi Wang Abstract: A diminutive euphyllophyte, Douaphyton levigata gen. et sp. nov., is described from the upper Middle Devonian (Givetian) Hujiersite Formation of West Junggar, Xinjiang, China. The plant consists of more than three orders of axis branching, each axis being less

Just out | Human paleodiet and animal utilization strategies during the Bronze Age in northwest Yunnan Province, southwest China @ PLOS one

Just out @ PLOS one Human paleodiet and animal utilization strategies during the Bronze Age in northwest Yunnan Province, southwest China Author(s) Lele Ren, Xin Li, Lihong Kang, Katherine Brunson, Honggao Liu, Weimiao Dong, Haiming Li, Rui Min, Xu Liu, Guanghui Dong Abstract: Reconstructing ancient diets and the use of animals and plants augment our understanding of how humans adapted to different environments. Yunnan Province in southwest China is ecologically and

Just out | Controlling for the species-area effect supports constrained long-term Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrate diversification @ Nature Communications

Just out @ Nature Communications Controlling for the species-area effect supports constrained long-term Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrate diversification Author(s) Roger A. Close, Roger B.J. Benson, Paul Upchurch & Richard J. Butler Abstract: Variation in the geographic spread of fossil localities strongly biases inferences about the evolution of biodiversity, due to the ubiquitous scaling of species richness with area. This obscures answers to key questions, such as how tetrapods attained their tremendous extant

On the News | Ethiopia | Fósil de 3 millones de años revela origen de la columna vertebral en humanos @ W Radio

On the News @ W Radio Title:  Fósil de 3 millones de años revela origen de la columna vertebral en humanos Excerpt: “Un esqueleto fósil de 3,3 millones de años ha dado a los científicos la clave para establecer que varios millones de años antes de lo pensado el ser humano había desarrollado ya partes de la columna vertebral que le permitían movimientos para caminar de manera eficiente. El fósil conocido

Just out | Thoracic vertebral count and thoracolumbar transition in Australopithecus afarensis @ PNAS

Just out @ PNAS Thoracic vertebral count and thoracolumbar transition in Australopithecus afarensis Author(s) Carol V. Ward, Thierra K. Nalley, Fred Spoor, Paul Tafforeau, and Zeresenay Alemseged Abstract: The evolution of the human pattern of axial segmentation has been the focus of considerable discussion in paleoanthropology. Although several complete lumbar vertebral columns are known for early hominins, to date, no complete cervical or thoracic series has been recovered. Several partial skeletons