Just out | Miminipossum notioplanetes, a Miocene forest-dwelling phalangeridan (Marsupialia; Diprotodontia) from northern and central Australia @ Palaeontologia Electronica

Just out @ Palaeontologia Electronica Miminipossum notioplanetes, a Miocene forest-dwelling phalangeridan (Marsupialia; Diprotodontia) from northern and central Australia Author(s) Michael Archer, Pippa Binfield, Suzanne J. Hand, Karen H. Black, Phillip Creaser, Troy J. Myers, Anna K. Gillespie, Derrick A. Arena, John Scanlon, Neville Pledge, and Jenni Thurmer Abstract: Miminipossum notioplanetes represents a new Early/Middle Miocene family (Miminipossumidae) of phalangeridan possums recovered from the Two Trees Local Fauna from the Riversleigh World Heritage

On the News | Morocco | Tall tail: Morocco casts doubt on Mexico 'dinosaur' fragment @ ArtDaily.org

On the News @ ArtDaily.org Title:  Tall tail: Morocco casts doubt on Mexico ‘dinosaur’ fragment Agence France-Presse Excerpt: “Authorities in Morocco said Monday they doubt the authenticity of an alleged dinosaur tail sold in Mexico, after launching a probe to see if it had been illegally exported from the North African country. The purported four-metre-long (13-foot) fragment of an “Atlasaurus tail from the Jurassic period” was sold on Tuesday for

Just out | A new species of Varalphadon (Mammalia, Metatheria, Sparassodonta) from the upper Cenomanian of southern Utah, North America: Phylogenetic and biogeographic insights @ Cretaceous Research

Just out @ Cretaceous Research A new species of Varalphadon (Mammalia, Metatheria, Sparassodonta) from the upper Cenomanian of southern Utah, North America: Phylogenetic and biogeographic insights Author(s) Leonardo M.Carneiro Abstract: The origin of the South American Sparassodonta has always been debated. Current data indicate a North American origin for this group, but no definitive fossil evidence was recovered so far to prove this hypothesis. Herein, Varalphadon janetae sp. nov. is described from the upper Cenomanian

Just out | A southern African origin and cryptic structure in the highly mobile plains zebra @ Nature Ecology & Evolution

Just out @ Nature Ecology & Evolution A southern African origin and cryptic structure in the highly mobile plains zebra Author(s) Casper-Emil T. Pedersen, Anders Albrechtsen, Paul D. Etter, Eric A. Johnson, Ludovic Orlando, Lounes Chikhi, Hans R. Siegismund & Rasmus Heller Abstract: The plains zebra (Equus quagga) is an ecologically important species of the African savannah. It is also one of the most numerous and widely distributed ungulates, and six subspecies have been described based on morphological

Just out | Melanins in Fossil Animals: Is It Possible to Infer Life History Traits from the Coloration of Extinct Species? @ International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Just out @ International Journal of Molecular Sciences Melanins in Fossil Animals: Is It Possible to Infer Life History Traits from the Coloration of Extinct Species? Author(s) Juan J. Negro, Clive Finlayson, Ismael Galván Abstract: Paleo-colour scientists have recently made the transition from describing melanin-based colouration in fossil specimens to inferring life-history traits of the species involved. Two such cases correspond to counter-shaded dinosaurs: dark-coloured due to melanins dorsally, and light-coloured ventrally.

Just out | Evidence for stratigraphy in molluscan death assemblages preserved in seagrass beds: St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands @ Paleobiology

Just out @ Paleobiology Evidence for stratigraphy in molluscan death assemblages preserved in seagrass beds: St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands Author(s) Kelsey M. Arkle, Arnold I. Miller Abstract: Death assemblages that occupy the upper tens of centimeters of sediment in shallow-marine settings are often subject to extensive mixing, thereby limiting their usefulness in assessing environmentally mediated compositional changes through time in the local biota. Here, we provide evidence that dense, Thalassia-rich seagrass beds

Just out | A New Burgess Shale Polychaete and the Origin of the Annelid Head Revisited @ Current Biology

Just out @ Current Biology A New Burgess Shale Polychaete and the Origin of the Annelid Head Revisited Author(s) Karma Nanglu, Jean-Bernard Caron Abstract: Annelida is one of the most speciose (∼17,000 species) and ecologically successful phyla. Key to this success is their flexible body plan with metameric trunk segments and bipartite heads consisting of a prostomium bearing sensory structures and a peristomium containing the mouth. The flexibility of this body

Just out | New Journal of Paleontology Issue with 12 New Paleontological Papers (Cambrian)

Just out @ Journal of Paleontology Paleontological Papers on this last issue (Volume 92 / Issue 1, January 2018): New evolutionary and ecological advances in deciphering the Cambrian explosion of animal life Zhifei Zhang, Glenn A. Brock Journal of Paleontology, Volume 92 / Issue 1, January 2018, pp 1 – 2 doi: 10.1017/jpa.2017.140 Published Online on 19 January 2018 Olivooides-like tube aperture in early Cambrian carinachitids (Medusozoa, Cnidaria) Jian Han,

Just out | Eocene greenhouse climate revealed by coupled clumped isotope-Mg/Ca thermometry @ PNAS

Just out @ PNAS Eocene greenhouse climate revealed by coupled clumped isotope-Mg/Ca thermometry Author(s) David Evans, Navjit Sagoo, Willem Renema, Laura J. Cotton, Wolfgang Müller, Jonathan A. Todd, Pratul Kumar Saraswati, Peter Stassen, Martin Ziegler, Paul N. Pearson, Paul J. Valdes and Hagit P. Affek Abstract: Past greenhouse periods with elevated atmospheric CO2 were characterized by globally warmer sea-surface temperatures (SST). However, the extent to which the high latitudes warmed to a greater degree

Just out | Paleoenvironmental and paleobiogeographical implications of the microfossil assemblage from the Late Cretaceous intertrappean beds of the Manawar area, District Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, Central India @ Historical Biology

Just out @ Historical Biology Paleoenvironmental and paleobiogeographical implications of the microfossil assemblage from the Late Cretaceous intertrappean beds of the Manawar area, District Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, Central India Author(s) Vivesh V. Kapur, Ashu Khosla & Nandita Tiwari Abstract: An assemblage of microfossils consisting of non-marine ostracods (Cypridopsis, Gomphocythere, Zonocypris, Eucypris, and Frambocythere), charophyte gyrogonites (Platychara), molluscs (Viviparus, Valvata, and Lymnaea), and fish remains (mainly Phareodus), is here reported from a new intertrappean locality near the town of Manawar,