Just out @ Journal of Mammalian Evolution Following the Footsteps of the South American Equus: Are Autopodia Taxonomically Informative? Author(s) Helena Machado, Orlando Grillo, Eric Scott, Leonardo Avilla Abstract: The genus Equus originated in the Pliocene Epoch of North America, and its arrival in South America is likely related to the Great American Biotic Interchange that took place in the transition of Pliocene to Pleistocene. Currently, there are five recognized species for the South American continent: Equus neogeus,
Just out @ PeerJ New findings of Pleistocene fossil turtles (Geoemydidae, Kinosternidae and Chelydridae) from Santa Elena Province, Ecuador Author(s) Edwin A. Cadena, Juan Abella, Maria D. Gregori Abstract: New Pleistocene fossilized turtle remains from five localities of western Ecuador (Santa Elena Province) are described here. All these shell (carapace and plastron) fossil remains come from the Tablazo Formation and belong to three different lineages of cryptodires (“hidden-necked” turtles). The
On the News @ The Guardian Title: Galápagos giant tortoises show that in evolution, slow and steady gets you places Excerpt ““As I was walking along I met two large tortoises, each of which must have weighed at least two hundred pounds: one was eating a piece of cactus, and as I approached, it stared at me and slowly stalked away; the other gave a deep hiss, and drew in its head.