Just out | Newly Discovered Crania of Nyanzachoerus jaegeri (Tetraconodontinae, Suidae, Mammalia) from the Woranso-Mille (Ethiopia) and Reappraisal of Its Generic Status @ Journal of Mammalian Evolution

Just out @ Journal of Mammalian Evolution Newly Discovered Crania of Nyanzachoerus jaegeri (Tetraconodontinae, Suidae, Mammalia) from the Woranso-Mille (Ethiopia) and Reappraisal of Its Generic Status Author(s) Hailay G. Reda, Ignacio A. Lazagabaster, Yohannes Haile-Selassie Abstract: Suids are among the most common mammalian groups in the Plio-Pleistocene vertebrate fossil record of Africa and the most studied largely due to their significance as biochronological indicators. However, despite their abundance in the fossil record, the remains are mostly isolated teeth

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 | Virtual palaeontology: the effects of mineral composition and texture of fossil shell and hosting rock on the quality of X-ray microtomography (XMT) outcomes using Palaeozoic brachiopods @ Palaeontologia Electronica

Just out @ Palaeontologia Electronica Virtual palaeontology: the effects of mineral composition and texture of fossil shell and hosting rock on the quality of X-ray microtomography (XMT) outcomes using Palaeozoic brachiopods Author(s) Sangmin Lee, G.R. Shi, Tae-Yoon S. Park, Jae-Ryong Oh, Horng-Sheng Mii, and Mirinae Lee Abstract: X-ray microtomography (XMT) has become a popular tool for detailed investigations of a diverse range of fossils. However, XMT has not always guaranteed a

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

Julia Sankey and Jacob Biewer (California State University) just released “The Giant Spike-Toothed Salmon and Other Extinct Wildlife of Central California”, a new book on the giant, spike toothed salmon and massive tortoises in California. Written for a general audience, with excellent illustrations, the book is readly available through Amazon. It portrays the California of 5 million years ago and the very weird animals inhabiting it. Go back in time and learn about

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 | A new Ruscinian site in Europe: Baza-1 (Baza basin, Andalusia, Spain) @ Comptes Rendus Palevol

Just out @ Comptes Rendus Palevol A new Ruscinian site in Europe: Baza-1 (Baza basin, Andalusia, Spain) Author(s) Sergio Ros-Montoya, Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro, María-Patrocinio Espigares, Antonio Guerra-Merchán, José Manuel García-Aguilar, Pedro Piñero, Ainoa Rodríguez-Rueda, Jordi Agustí, Oriol Oms, Paul Palmqvist Abstract: The Guadix–Baza depression (southeastern Spain) preserves one of the best continental Plio-Pleistocene records of the European continent. The new site, Baza-1, is the first Ruscinian locality with fauna of large vertebrates known in the basin. During the summer seasons of

Just out | A revision of some British Lower Bajocian stephanoceratid ammonites @ Proceedings of the Geologists' Association

Just out @ Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association A revision of some British Lower Bajocian stephanoceratid ammonites Author(s) Robert B. Chandler, Volker Dietze, John Whicher Abstract: Members of the ammonite family Stephanoceratidae from the Middle Jurassic, Lower Bajocian, Laeviuscula to Humphriesianum zones of South West England are revised. These comprise faunas resulting from periodic migrations and possibly hybridization. The taxonomic positions of TelocerasMascke, 1907, Kumatostephanus Buckman, 1922, Gibbistephanus Buckman, 1928 and Pseudoteloceras Pavia and Fernández-López, 2016 are considered in the