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 | 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

On the News | European fossils may belong to earliest known hominid @ ScienceNews

On the News @ ScienceNews Title:  European fossils may belong to earliest known hominid Bruce Bower Excerpt: “Europe, not Africa, might have spawned the first members of the human evolutionary family around 7 million years ago, researchers say. Tooth characteristics of a chimpanzee-sized primate that once lived in southeastern European suggest that the primate, known as Graecopithecus, may have been a hominid, not an ape as many researchers assume. One tooth

Just out | Potential hominin affinities of Graecopithecus from the Late Miocene of Europe @ PLOS one

Just out @ PLOS one Potential hominin affinities of Graecopithecus from the Late Miocene of Europe Author(s) Jochen Fuss, Nikolai Spassov, David R. Begun, Madelaine Böhme Abstract: The split of our own clade from the Panini is undocumented in the fossil record. To fill this gap we investigated the dentognathic morphology of Graecopithecus freybergi from Pyrgos Vassilissis (Greece) and cf. Graecopithecus sp. from Azmaka (Bulgaria), using new μCT and 3D reconstructions

Just out | Messinian age and savannah environment of the possible hominin Graecopithecus from Europe @ PLOS one

Just out @ PLOS one Messinian age and savannah environment of the possible hominin Graecopithecus from Europe Author(s) Madelaine Böhme, Nikolai Spassov, Martin Ebner, Denis Geraads, Latinka Hristova, Uwe Kirscher, Sabine Kötter, Ulf Linnemann, Jérôme Prieto, Socrates Roussiakis, George Theodorou, Gregor Uhlig, Michael Winklhofer Abstract: Dating fossil hominids and reconstructing their environments is critically important for understanding human evolution. Here we date the potentially oldest hominin, Graecopithecus freybergi from Europe and

Just out | Eocene–early Oligocene climate and vegetation change in southern China: Evidence from the Maoming Basin @ Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

Just out @ Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology Eocene–early Oligocene climate and vegetation change in southern China: Evidence from the Maoming Basin Author(s) Alexei B. Herman, Robert A. Spicer, Galina N. Aleksandrova, Jian Yang, Tatiana M. Kodrul, Natalia P. Maslova, Teresa E.V. Spicer, Gang Chen, Jian-Hua Jin Abstract: Although the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition marks a critical point in the development of the ‘icehouse’ global climate of the present little is known about

Just out | Early Pliocene continental vertebrate Fauna at Puerto de la Cadena (SE Spain) and its bearing on the marine-continental correlation of the Late Neogene of Eastern Betics @ Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

Just out @ Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology Early Pliocene continental vertebrate Fauna at Puerto de la Cadena (SE Spain) and its bearing on the marine-continental correlation of the Late Neogene of Eastern Betics Author(s) Pedro Piñero, Jordi Agustí, Oriol Oms, Ignacio Fierro, Plini Montoya, Samuel Mansino, Francisco Ruiz-Sánchez, David M. Alba, Maria Teresa Alberdi Abstract: In this paper, we synthesize sedimentological, magnetostratigraphic and paleontological data from the continental vertebrate site of