Neogene

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

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 | 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 |  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 fishes of Bukwa, Uganda, a lower Miocene (Burdigalian) locality of East Africa @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Just out @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology The fishes of Bukwa, Uganda, a lower Miocene (Burdigalian) locality of East Africa Author(s) Alison M. Murray, Thodoris Argyriou, Susanne Cote & Laura MacLatchy Abstract: Renewed research at the early Miocene fossil site of Bukwa in northeastern Uganda has resulted in new fossil finds, including fish, with representatives of two families, Cichlidae and Alestidae. Although the two families were previously briefly reported from Bukwa, we here give

Just out | Phylogenetic and paleobotanical evidence for late Miocene diversification of the Tertiary subtropical lineage of ivies (Hedera L., Araliaceae) @ BMC Evolutionary Biology

Just out @ BMC Evolutionary Biology Phylogenetic and paleobotanical evidence for late Miocene diversification of the Tertiary subtropical lineage of ivies (Hedera L., Araliaceae) Author(s) V. Valcárcel, B. Guzmán, N. G. Medina, P. Vargas and J. Wen Abstract: Background Hedera (ivies) is one of the few temperate genera of the primarily tropical Asian Palmate group of the Araliaceae, which extends its range out of Asia to Europe and the Mediterranean basin. Phylogenetic and phylogeographic results suggested Asia as the center of origin and

Just out | Rich shallow-water benthic ecosystem in Late Miocene East Antarctica (Fisher Bench Fm, Prince Charles Mountains) @ Marine Micropaleontology

Just out @ Marine Micropaleontology Rich shallow-water benthic ecosystem in Late Miocene East Antarctica (Fisher Bench Fm, Prince Charles Mountains) Author(s) Wojciech Majewski, Andrzej Tatur, Jakub Witkowski, Andrzej Gaździcki Abstract: A single shell of a pectenoid bivalve was found in the lower part of the Fisher Bench Formation (Fisher Massif, Prince Charles Mountains). In contrast to glacigenic sediments that form extensive outcrops in this area and are almost barren of foraminifera, small pieces of