Quaternary

On the News | USA | La Brea Tar Pits Museum Bracing for a Flood of Fossils This Summer @ Los Angeles Magazine

On the News @ Los Angeles Magazine Title:  La Brea Tar Pits Museum Bracing for a Flood of Fossils This Summer Matthew Segal Excerpt: “The La Brea Tar Pits know no mercy. The world’s most productive urban paleontological dig, they’ve yielded a stockpile of fossils that spill over from the main galleries of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum and into the lab and the cabinets and lockers that line

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 | The skeletons of Cyclops and Lestrigons: misinterpretation of Quaternary vertebrates as remains of the mythological giants @ Historical Biology

Just out @ Historical Biology The skeletons of Cyclops and Lestrigons: misinterpretation of Quaternary vertebrates as remains of the mythological giants Author(s) Marco Romano & Marco Avanzini Abstract: The myth of giants as first inhabitants of countries is a common legend shared by different cultures. In this paper, we highlight that one of the determining factors of the origination of the myth was the discovery of large vertebrate bones (largely Cenozoic), initially interpreted

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

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 | Effects of long term nutrient and climate variability on subfossil Cladocera in a deep, subalpine lake (Lake Garda, northern Italy) @ Journal of Paleolimnology

Just out @ Journal of Paleolimnology Effects of long term nutrient and climate variability on subfossil Cladocera in a deep, subalpine lake (Lake Garda, northern Italy) Author(s) Manuela Milan, Christian Bigler, Monica Tolotti, Krystyna Szeroczyńska Abstract: Albeit subfossil Cladocera remains are considered as a reliable proxy for tracking historical lake development, they have been scarcely studied in large subalpine lakes south of the Alps. In this study, subfossil Cladocera remains from Lake Garda in northern

Just out | Island Rule, quantitative genetics and brain–body size evolution in Homo floresiensis @ Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Just out @ Proceedings of the Royal Society B Island Rule, quantitative genetics and brain–body size evolution in Homo floresiensis Author(s) José Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho, Pasquale Raia Abstract: Colonization of islands often activate a complex chain of adaptive events that, over a relatively short evolutionary time, may drive strong shifts in body size, a pattern known as the Island Rule. It is arguably difficult to perform a direct analysis of the natural selection forces behind

On the News | Argentina | Descubrieron un nuevo mamífero prehistórico en San Pedro @ La Capital

On the News @ La Capital Title:  Descubrieron un nuevo mamífero prehistórico en San Pedro Excerpt: “Un nuevo mamífero que vivió en la región pampeana durante el Pleistoceno fue descubierto por un investigador de la Universidad Nacional de Rosario, a partir del análisis de un fósil en el Museo Paleontológico de San Pedro. El investigador Luciano Brambilla, del Laboratorio de Paleontología, comenzó con la revisión de los materiales depositados en

Just out | Comparative paleohistology in osteoderms of Pleistocene Panochthus sp. Burmeister, 1886 and Neuryurus sp.Ameghino, 1889 (Xenarthra, Glyptodontidae) @ Comptes Rendus Palevol

Just out @ Comptes Rendus Palevol Comparative paleohistology in osteoderms of Pleistocene Panochthus sp. Burmeister, 1886 and Neuryurus sp.Ameghino, 1889 (Xenarthra, Glyptodontidae) Author(s) Yumi Asakura, Paulo Victor Luiz Gomes Da Costa Pereira, Edison Vicente Oliveira, Jorge Luiz Lopes Da Silva Abstract: Xenarthran osteoderms are integumentary bones with high fossilization potential presenting a high degree of morphological and histological diversity. Here, new data on the osteoderms histology of two glyptodonts, Panochthus and Neuryurus are presented. The poor spatial organization of the mineralized fibers and