Vertebrate Paleontology

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 | 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

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

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

On the News | Canada | Harvard team fossil hunting at Blue Beach @ Herald News

On the News @ Herald News Title:  Harvard team fossil hunting at Blue Beach Heather Desveaux Excerpt: “The Blue Beach Fossil Museum near Hantsport has some special visitors. Scientists from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University are on the hunt for some special fossils that haven’t been located anywhere else in the world, other than Scotland. Dr. Stephanie Pierce, curator of vertebrate paleontology, brought a team of three

On the News | What if dinosaurs were still alive? You asked Google – here’s the answer @ The Guardian

On the News @ The Guardian Title:  What if dinosaurs were still alive? You asked Google – here’s the answer Brian Switek Excerpt: “Dinosaurs dominated terrestrial life on this planet for over 130m years. If it hadn’t been for a wayward asteroid, the reign of Tyrannosaurus rex and its ilk could have lasted for at least another 66m. In fact, let’s presume for a moment that the cosmic boulder that ended

Just out | Origin and relationships of the Ictidosauria to non-mammalian cynodonts and mammals @ Historical Biology

Just out @ Historical Biology Origin and relationships of the Ictidosauria to non-mammalian cynodonts and mammals Author(s) José F. Bonaparte & A. W. Crompton Abstract: Ictidosaurian genera are allocated to two families, Tritheledontidae and Therioherpetidae. This paper provides a diagnosis for Ictidosauria. The previously named family Brasilodontidae is shown to be a junior synonym of a family, Therioherpetidae. It is concluded that Ictidosauria originated from Late Permian procynosuchid non-mammalian cynodonts rather than from

Just out |  Additions to the Lancian mammalian fauna from southwest North Dakota @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Just out @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Additions to the Lancian mammalian fauna from southwest North Dakota Author(s) Clint A. Boyd, Jeff J. Person & Becky Barnes Abstract: Gaining a detailed understanding of the geographic and temporal variations between Lancian mammalian faunas within the Western Interior Basin requires specimens to be associated with precise stratigraphic data, but only a few mammal-producing localities are documented in such detail from the Hell Creek Formation of southwestern

Just out | The Gobiosuchidae in the early evolution of Crocodyliformes @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Just out @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology The Gobiosuchidae in the early evolution of Crocodyliformes Author(s) Ángela D. Buscalioni Abstract: The anatomy and phylogenetic relationships of the Las Hoyas gobiosuchid (upper Barremian, La Huérguina Formation, Cuenca, Spain) are discussed on the basis of two fully articulated specimens. Phylogenetic analysis supports the monophyly of Gobiosuchidae, defined by the Las Hoyas taxon, Cassissuchus sanziuami, gen. et sp. nov., as the sister taxon of the

Just out | A Pennsylvanian ‘supershark’ from Texas @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Just out @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology A Pennsylvanian ‘supershark’ from Texas Author(s) John G. Maisey, Allison W. Bronson, Robert R. Williams & Mark Mckinzie Abstract: The occipital regions of the braincases of two gigantic ctenacanthiform sharks are described from the Finis Shale (Virgilian, Upper Pennsylvanian, ca. 300 Ma) of Texas. Their original braincase lengths are estimated to have been 42.8–68.2 and 33.9–64.8 cm, based on comparison with smaller, more complete ctenacanthiform specimens (e.g., Tamiobatis). In complete