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

On the News | Australia | Ancient marine fossils preserved under a busy Canberra bridge @ ABC News

On the News @ ABC News Title:  Ancient marine fossils preserved under a busy Canberra bridge Penny Travers Excerpt: “Thousands of people drive over a small bridge on Canberra’s Fairbairn Avenue every day, unaware that beneath it lay ancient marine fossils. The mudstone rock outcrop on Woolshed Creek contains brachiopods, trilobites, pelecypods, corals and bryozoan fossils from the Silurian geological period. The site was discovered by the father of Australian

On the News | Scientists Have Predicted When Earth Will Be Hit By An Extinction-Level Asteroid @ The Daily Caller

On the News @ The Daily Caller Title:  Scientists Have Predicted When Earth Will Be Hit By An Extinction-Level Asteroid Andrew Follett Excerpt: “The sun may have a companion star that periodically bombards Earth with storms of comets and asteroids, scientists from Lund University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology said Thursday. New studies of Earth’s impact craters found asteroids tended to hit roughly every 26 million years, adding to evidence that mass extinction events

On the News | Kenya | Discovery: Elephant fossil found in Turkana @ The East African

On the News @ The East African Title:  Discovery: Elephant fossil found in Turkana Kari Mutu Excerpt: “In 2016, Apollo Longaye, a Dassanach man from the Lake Turkana region of northern Kenya, came across a fossil. As a trained fossil hunter and preparator with the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI), Longaye realised that it was quite a find. After a week of excavation, Longaye and his colleagues unearthed the entire skull

On the News | Mass extinctions on Earth are more common than you think @ New York Post

On the News @ New York Post Title:  Mass extinctions on Earth are more common than you think Ron Hogan Excerpt: “Most of us know about the asteroid that hit Earth just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula 65 million years ago and wiped out the dinosaurs, but that’s not the whole story. Many scientists now believe the 110-mile-wide rock may have been only partially responsible for the mass extinction

Just out | Virtual palaeontology: the effects of mineral composition and texture of fossil shell and hosting rock on the quality of X-ray microtomography (XMT) outcomes using Palaeozoic brachiopods @ Palaeontologia Electronica

Just out @ Palaeontologia Electronica Virtual palaeontology: the effects of mineral composition and texture of fossil shell and hosting rock on the quality of X-ray microtomography (XMT) outcomes using Palaeozoic brachiopods Author(s) Sangmin Lee, G.R. Shi, Tae-Yoon S. Park, Jae-Ryong Oh, Horng-Sheng Mii, and Mirinae Lee Abstract: X-ray microtomography (XMT) has become a popular tool for detailed investigations of a diverse range of fossils. However, XMT has not always guaranteed a

Just out | Protonicagus tani gen. et sp. nov., the first stag beetles from Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Aesalinae: Nicagini) @ Cretaceous Research

Just out @ Cretaceous Research Protonicagus tani gen. et sp. nov., the first stag beetles from Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Aesalinae: Nicagini) Author(s) Chenyang Cai, Ziwei Yin, Ye Liu, Diying Huang Abstract: The first stag beetle from the Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber is described and figured. Protonicagus tani gen. et sp. nov. is firmly placed in the extant lucanid subfamily Aesalinae based on the narrow prosternal process, the non-geniculate antenna, and the pronotal and elytral

Just out | Microbial–caddisfly bioherms in the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation in the Yixian Basin, Western Liaoning, China @ Cretaceous Research

Just out @ Cretaceous Research Microbial–caddisfly bioherms in the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation in the Yixian Basin, Western Liaoning, China Author(s) Enpu Gong, Jiang Xu, Tiehui Wang, Yue Liang, Fei Gao Abstract: Microbial–caddisfly bioherms have recently been discovered in the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation in Western Liaoning, China. They consist of thousands of aggregated caddisfly larval cases that are generally vertically oriented and parallel to each other. These cases are similar in size, 12–14 mm

Just out | Cenomanian Turrilitidae (Cretaceous heteromorph ammonites) from the Koppeh Dagh, northeast Iran: Taxonomy and stratigraphic implications @ Cretaceous Research

Just out @ Cretaceous Research Cenomanian Turrilitidae (Cretaceous heteromorph ammonites) from the Koppeh Dagh, northeast Iran: Taxonomy and stratigraphic implications Author(s) Abdolmajid Mosavinia, Markus Wilmsen Abstract: Early and early middle Cenomanian turrilitid ammonoids from the upper part of the Albian–Cenomanian Aitamir Formation of the Koppeh Dagh (northeast Iran) are described, illustrated and placed in an integrated stratigraphic context. The Aitamir Formation represents a graded siliciclastic shelf system and the turrilitid faunas comprise

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