On the News @ The Sydney Morning Herald Title: Study reveals big picture for Victoria’s little dinosaur Liam Mannix Excerpt: “About 105 million years ago, somewhere in a place we now call the Otways, a small dinosaur stumbled to the edge of a billabong. The creature, the size of a turkey, was about seven years old. For the last couple of years she had been limping about, restricted by a
On the News @ The Naracoorte Herald Title: New paleontology projects involve passionate students Amy Maynard Excerpt: “A research team comprised of students from the University of Adelaide and staff from the South Australian Museum are currently undertaking some exciting projects at the Naracoorte Caves. The team are associated with the major Australian Research Council (ARC)’s Linkage Projects scheme granted to the World Heritage site last year. Dr Liz Reed, a scientist involved
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
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 @ Peer J A new small-bodied ornithopod (Dinosauria, Ornithischia) from a deep, high-energy Early Cretaceous river of the Australian–Antarctic rift system Author(s) Matthew C. Herne, Alan M. Tait, Vera Weisbecker, Michael Hall, Jay P. Nair, Michael Cleeland, Steven W. Salisbury Abstract: A new small-bodied ornithopod dinosaur, Diluvicursor pickeringi, gen. et sp. nov., is named from the lower Albian of the Eumeralla Formation in southeastern Australia and helps shed new light on the anatomy and diversity of Gondwanan ornithopods. Comprising an almost complete
On the News @ The Standard Title: Long tale of ‘turkey’ dinosaur that used to roam south-west Victoria Sian Johnson Excerpt: “About 113 million years ago, the body of a small dinosaur that roamed the lush landscape around what is now the south-west coast of Victoria came to rest among tree trunks and branches at the bottom of an ancient river. Fast-forward millions of years to the early 2000s, and sea erosion
Just out @ Ecology and Evolution Paleoecological evidence for decadal increase in phytoplankton biomass off northwestern Australia in response to climate change Author(s) Zineng Yuan, Dongyan Liu, John K. Keesing, Meixun Zhao, Shixin Guo, Yajun Peng, Hailong Zhang Abstract: Ocean warming can modify the phytoplankton biomass on decadal scales. Significant increases in sea surface temperature (SST) and rainfall in the northwest of Australia over recent decades are attributed to climate
Just out @ Biology Letters High-quality fossil dates support a synchronous, Late Holocene extinction of devils and thylacines in mainland Australia Author(s) Lauren C. White, Frédérik Saltré, Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Jeremy J. Austin Abstract: The last large marsupial carnivores—the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilis harrisii) and thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus)—went extinct on mainland Australia during the mid-Holocene. Based on the youngest fossil dates (approx. 3500 years before present, BP), these extinctions are often considered synchronous
On the News @ ABC Title: Dinosaur discovery in Winton could hold key to sauropods diet Nicole Bond Excerpt: “Scientists are hopeful the discovery of a fossilised dinosaur skeleton in outback Queensland will shed light on what was on the menu around 95 million years ago. The most complete sauropod skeleton ever found in the southern hemisphere is being dug up at a sheep station near Winton, in western Queensland.
On the News @ The Sydney Morning Herald Title: Rare bones bring stampede of dinosaur experts to tiny Qld town Ruth McCosker Excerpt: “Scientists from around Australia have flown to a small western Queensland town hoping they will be able to piece together the country’s largest find of fossilised rare dinosaur remains. In 2015 grazier Bob Elliot found what he believed to be dinosaur remains on his property north-east of Winton.