Just out @ BMC Evolutionary Biology Phylogeny, divergence time and historical biogeography of Laetiporus (Basidiomycota, Polyporales) Author(s) Jie Song and Bao-Kai Cui Abstract: Background The aim of this study was to characterize the molecular relationship, origin and historical biogeography of the species in important brown rot fungal genus Laetiporus from East Asia, Europe, Pan-America, Hawaii and South Africa. We used six genetic markers to estimate a genus-level phylogeny including (1)
Just out @ Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology Changing competition dynamics among predators at the late Early Pleistocene site Barranc de la Boella (Tarragona, Spain) Author(s) Antonio Pineda, Palmira Saladié, Rosa Huguet, Isabel Cáceres, Antonio Rosas, Almudena Estalrrichd, Antonio García-Tabernero, Josep Vallverdú Abstract: The late Early Pleistocene site Barranc de la Boella provides an unparalleled opportunity to assess the context of the activities of the hominin populations that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula at
Just out @ Journal of Paleolimnology Reconstructing recent environmental changes using non-biting midges (Diptera: Chironomidae) in two high mountain lakes from northern Patagonia, Argentina Author(s) Fernanda Montes de Oca, Luciana Motta, María Sofía Plastani, Cecilia Laprida, Andrea Lami, Julieta Massaferro Abstract: Remote lakes of northern Patagonia are ideal sites for examining climate- and non-climate-driven changes in aquatic ecosystems because there is little evidence of human influence and there is no detailed
Just out @ PeerJ New findings of Pleistocene fossil turtles (Geoemydidae, Kinosternidae and Chelydridae) from Santa Elena Province, Ecuador Author(s) Edwin A. Cadena, Juan Abella, Maria D. Gregori Abstract: New Pleistocene fossilized turtle remains from five localities of western Ecuador (Santa Elena Province) are described here. All these shell (carapace and plastron) fossil remains come from the Tablazo Formation and belong to three different lineages of cryptodires (“hidden-necked” turtles). The
On the News @ Los Angeles Times Title: Another set of fossils discovered at Metro subway excavation site Excerpt: “For the second time in five months, construction at the Metro Purple Line extension has led to the discovery of Ice Age fossils. Crews found what turned out to be a camel bone and a bone from a mammoth or mastodon last week while working on the subway extension at Wilshire
Just out @ PNAS Accelerated body size evolution during cold climatic periods in the Cenozoic Author(s) Julien Clavel and Hélène Morlon Abstract: How ecological and morphological diversity accumulates over geological time is much debated. Adaptive radiation theory has been successful in testing the effects of biotic interactions on the rapid divergence of phenotypes within a clade, but this theory ignores abiotic effects. The role of abiotic drivers on the tempo of phenotypic
Just out @ Nature Ecology and Evolution Megafaunal isotopes reveal role of increased moisture on rangeland during late Pleistocene extinctions Author(s) M. Timothy Rabanus-Wallace, Matthew J. Wooller, Grant D. Zazula, Elen Shute, A. Hope Jahren, Pavel Kosintsev, James A. Burns, James Breen, Bastien Llamas & Alan Cooper Abstract: The role of environmental change in the late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions remains a key question, owing in part to uncertainty about landscape
Just out @ Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia Nyctereutes Megamastoides (Canidae, Mammalia) from the Early and Middle Villafranchian (Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene) of the Lower Valdarno (Firenze and Pisa, Tuscany, Italy) Author(s) Saverio Bartolini Lucenti Abstract: Among living canids, the genus Nyctereutes Temminck, 1838 was the first to appear in the Western European fossil record. In the Italian Peninsula, scanty remains from a few Plio-Pleistocene localities of central Italy,
Just out @ Journal of Biogeography The southern coastal Beringian land bridge: cryptic refugium or pseudorefugium for woody plants during the Last Glacial Maximum? Author(s) Yue Wang, Peter D. Heintzman, Lee Newsom, Nancy H. Bigelow, Matthew J. Wooller, Beth Shapiro, John W. Williams Abstract: Aim The Bering Land Bridge (BLB) connected Asia and North America during glacial periods, supported a diverse ecosystem of now-vanished megafauna, and is a proposed glacial refugium.
Species reported this week are very diverse, spanning from ostracoda to dinosaurs. Vertebrate are dominant: new bird, fish, primate and dinosaur species are described, and Cretaceous new species are the most numerous. The new species reported this week come from America (USA), Africa (Egypt), Europe (Italy), and Asia (China, Myanmar). Full account of fossil species reported this week: Masradapis tahai, gen. et sp. nov., a new Caenopithecine adapiform primate from the late Eocene of Egypt, was reported in Historical Biology (10th April 2017).