Permian

Just out | New fossil insects from the Anisian (Lower to Middle Muschelkalk) from the Central European Basin (Germany and The Netherlands) @ PalZ

Just out @ PalZ New fossil insects from the Anisian (Lower to Middle Muschelkalk) from the Central European Basin (Germany and The Netherlands) Author(s) Timo van Eldijk, Gerard Goris, Adam Haarhuis, Jos Lankamp, Herman Winkelhorst, Jelle Reumer, André Nel, Torsten Wappler Abstract: The Palaeozoic–Mesozoic transition is characterized not only by the most massive Phanerozoic mass extinction at the end of the Permian period, but also its extensive aftermath and a

Just out | Rates of morphological evolution in Captorhinidae: an adaptive radiation of Permian herbivores @ PeerJ

Just out @ PeerJ Rates of morphological evolution in Captorhinidae: an adaptive radiation of Permian herbivores Author(s) Neil Brocklehurst Abstract: The evolution of herbivory in early tetrapods was crucial in the establishment of terrestrial ecosystems, although it is so far unclear what effect this innovation had on the macro-evolutionary patterns observed within this clade. The clades that entered this under-filled region of ecospace might be expected to have experienced an

It's a Bug's World | New Species Reported This Week

It’s a bug’s world and it was definitely a bug’s week. Invertebrates were clearly dominant in new species reported this week, insects and beetles being the most numerous. Arthropodes, echinoderms, mollucs, cycads, conodonts, radiolaria were also described in a week full of new taxonomic descriptions. The new species reported this week come from America (USA and Patagonia), from Africa (Tunisia and Madagascar), Europe (Germany, Austria and Russia), and Asia (Myanmar). Full account of fossil species reported this week: Palaeosiamoglaris leinhardi gen. et sp. nov., P. burmica sp. nov., and P. inexpectata sp. nov., three new Prionoglarididae from Cretaceous Burmese amber,

Just out | Hypoanthraconaia: a new genus of non-marine bivalve molluscs from the Early Permian of Far East Russia @ PalZ

Just out @ PalZ Hypoanthraconaia: a new genus of non-marine bivalve molluscs from the Early Permian of Far East Russia Author(s) Vladimir V. Silantiev, Milyausha N. Urazaeva Abstract: Early Permian continental deposits include a large number of localities containing anthracosiid-like non-marine bivalves traditionally assigned to Anthraconaia Trueman and Weir, 1946, Palaeanodonta Amalitzky, 1895, and Palaeomutela Amalitzky, 1892. In most cases, these classifications are only tentative due to insufficient preservation in which the shells are missing

Just out | Mesosaurid Swim Traces @ Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Just out @ Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution Mesosaurid Swim Traces Author(s) Rafael C. da Silva and Fernando A. Sedor Abstract: Despite subaqueous fossils tracks of tetrapods being quite common in the fossil record, few studies discuss their classification and morphofunctional interpretation. Even with their simple morphology, some important information about the trackmakers can be retrieved from these tracks. Subaqueous traces were found in Brazil in the Irati Formation (Cisuralian,

Just out | Trend of changes in species diversity of Permian radiolarians of the genus Entactinia Foreman @ Paleontological Journal

Just out @ Paleontological Journal Trend of changes in species diversity of Permian radiolarians of the genus Entactinia Foreman Author(s) M. S. Afanasieva, E. O. Amon Abstract: The trend of species diversity and spatiotemporal distribution of spherical radiolarians of the genus Entactinia Foreman, 1963 in the Permian Period is analyzed. The center of origin of Permian entactinians in the Cis-Ural Paleobasin is established in the area of the modern interfluve of

On the News | Olson’s Extinction: The Permian’s Dirty Little Secret Die-off @ Discover Magazine

On the News @ Discover Magazine Title:  Olson’s Extinction: The Permian’s Dirty Little Secret Die-off Excerpt: “It’s the mass extinction you probably haven’t heard about, because for a long time researchers have questioned whether it even existed. But a growing body of evidence, including a study published today, has strengthened the case for Olson’s Extinction — which played a role in our species eventually dominating the planet, for better or worse

Just out | A New Genus of the Corythoecidae (Paleozoic Radiolaria) from the Changhsingian (Uppermost Permian) Dalong Formation in Southern Guizhou, South China @ Paleontological Research

Just out @ Paleontological Research A New Genus of the Corythoecidae (Paleozoic Radiolaria) from the Changhsingian (Uppermost Permian) Dalong Formation in Southern Guizhou, South China Author(s) Tsuyoshi Ito, Songzhu Gu, Yan Ai and Qinglai Feng Abstract: A new genus of the Corythoecidae (Albaillellaria, Radiolaria) was recovered from the Changhsingian (uppermost Permian) Dalong Formation in Guizhou Province, South China. Qiania Ito and Feng, gen. nov., containing Q. foremanae Ito and Feng,

Just out | Insects in the Red Middle Permian of Southern France: first Protanisoptera (Odonatoptera) and new Caloneurodea (Panorthoptera), with biostratigraphical implications @ Historical Biology

Just out @ Historical Biology Insects in the Red Middle Permian of Southern France: first Protanisoptera (Odonatoptera) and new Caloneurodea (Panorthoptera), with biostratigraphical implications Author(s) Romain Garrouste, Jean Lapeyrie, Jean-Sebastien Steyer, Stephen Giner & Andre Nel Abstract: The Permian odonatopteran Protanisoptera are discovered for the first time in the playa palaeoenvironments of Gonfaron and Lodève (Southern France). The new genus and species Bansheepteron gonfaronensis is erected and described on the

Just out | The Feeding Habits of Mesosauridae @ Frontiers in Earth Science

Just out @ Frontiers in Earth Science The Feeding Habits of Mesosauridae Author(s) Rivaldo R. Silva, Jorge Ferigolo, Piotr Bajdek and Graciela Piñeiro Abstract: Mesosauridae comprises the oldest known aquatic amniotes which lived in Gondwana during the Early Permian. Previous work in the Uruguayan mesosaur-bearing Mangrullo Formation suggested that mesosaurids lived in an inland water body, inferred as moderately hypersaline, with exceptional preservational conditions that justified describing these strata as a