Neogene

Just out | Sivalhuppus ptychodus and Sivalhippus platyodus (Perissodactyla, Mammalia) from the Late Miocene of China @ Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia

Just out @ Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia Sivalhuppus ptychodus and Sivalhippus platyodus (Perissodactyla, Mammalia) from the Late Miocene of China Author(s) Boyang Sun, XiaoXiao Zhang, Yan Liu, Raymond L. Bernor Abstract: Herein, the authors report on skulls, mandibles and postcranial specimens of two species of Chinese Sivalhippus, S. ptychodus and S. platyodus. We frame our description and analyses within the context of newly described characters of the cheek teeth of Hippotherium from the Pannonian

Just out | Morphology of the Middle Ear Ossicles in the Rodent Perimys (Neoepiblemidae) and a Comprehensive Anatomical and Morphometric Study of the Phylogenetic Transformations of these Structures in Caviomorphs @ Journal of Mammalian Evolution

Just out @ Journal of Mammalian Evolution Morphology of the Middle Ear Ossicles in the Rodent Perimys (Neoepiblemidae) and a Comprehensive Anatomical and Morphometric Study of the Phylogenetic Transformations of these Structures in Caviomorphs Author(s) Leonardo Kerber, Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra Abstract: The extinct clade of caviomorph rodents Neoepiblemidae includes forms that lived in South America from the early Miocene to Pliocene. Among them is Perimys. The exceptional preservation of ear ossicles in this rodent is described and analyzed in

Just out | Variability in diatom and silicoflagellate assemblages during mid-Pliocene glacial-interglacial cycles determined in Hole U1361A of IODP Expedition 318, Antarctic Wilkes Land Margin @ Marine Micropaleontology

Just out @ Marine Micropaleontology Variability in diatom and silicoflagellate assemblages during mid-Pliocene glacial-interglacial cycles determined in Hole U1361A of IODP Expedition 318, Antarctic Wilkes Land Margin Author(s) Linda H. Armbrecht, Vikki Lowe, Carlota Escutia, Masao Iwai, Robert McKay, Leanne K. Armanda Abstract: The Earth is currently experiencing climatic changes that will result in similar environmental conditions to those experienced during the mid-Pliocene (5.3–3.6 million years ago [Ma]), such as similar atmospheric CO2 concentrations, elevated sea surface

Just out | Lizards of the lost arcs: mid-Cenozoic diversification, persistence and ecological marginalization in the West Pacific @ Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Just out @ Proceedings of the Royal Society B Lizards of the lost arcs: mid-Cenozoic diversification, persistence and ecological marginalization in the West Pacific Author(s) Paul M. Oliver, Rafe M. Brown, Fred Kraus, Eric Rittmeyer, Scott L. Travers, Cameron D. Siler Abstract: Regions with complex geological histories often have diverse and highly endemic biotas, yet inferring the ecological and historical processes shaping this relationship remains challenging. Here, in the context of the taxon cycle model

Just out | Quantitative palaeobiogeographical analysis of South American Neogene Chioninae (Bivalvia: Veneridae) @ Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

Just out @ Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology Quantitative palaeobiogeographical analysis of South American Neogene Chioninae (Bivalvia: Veneridae) Author(s) Damián Eduardo Pérez, Martín Daniel Ezcurra Abstract: Chionine bivalves are one of the most important components of Neogene and Recent molluscan faunas in southern South America, but it was not until recently that their phylogenetic relationships has been explored quantitatively. Based on this robust framework, we analyzed the palaeobiogeographical history of the group. The geographic

Just out | The late Pliocene palaeoenvironments and palaeoclimates of the western Iberian Atlantic margin from the Rio Maior flora @ Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

Just out @ Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology The late Pliocene palaeoenvironments and palaeoclimates of the western Iberian Atlantic margin from the Rio Maior flora Author(s) Manuel Vieira, Matthew James Pound, Diamantino I. Pereira Abstract: Using a revised chronology, a new palynological study on the late Pliocene (Piacenzian and earliest Gelasian) Rio Maior site of the Tagus Basin in western Portugal has been undertaken from the F98 core. Combining light microscopy and scanning electron

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 |  The Pliocene marine megafauna extinction and its impact on functional diversity @ Nature Ecology & Evolution

Just out @ Nature Ecology & Evolution The Pliocene marine megafauna extinction and its impact on functional diversity Author(s) Catalina Pimiento, John N. Griffin, Christopher F. Clements, Daniele Silvestro, Sara Varela, Mark D. Uhen & Carlos Jaramillo Abstract: The end of the Pliocene marked the beginning of a period of great climatic variability and sea-level oscillations. Here, based on a new analysis of the fossil record, we identify a previously unrecognized extinction event among marine megafauna (mammals,

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

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