National Fossil Day 2018: Events, Part 1

  It’s that time of year again, and PLOS Paleontology Community is happy to highlight upcoming events associated with National Fossil Day (October 17, 2018). Many of these events are hosted by U.S. museums, institutions, and

Fossil Friday Roundup: August 10, 2018

  Featured Image: Triassic pentadactyl tracks from Argentina. From Citton et al. (2018). CC-BY.  Papers (All Open Access): Cambrian petalonamid Stromatoveris phylogenetically links Ediacaran biota to later animals (Palaeontology) Salvinialean megaspores in the Late Cretaceous

Fossil Friday Roundup: June 8, 2018

  Featured Image: Xanthopimpla messelensis, from Spasojevic et al. 2018. Papers (All Open Access): How many landmarks are enough to characterize shape and size variation? (PLOS ONE) How does it feel? The affective domain and undergraduate student

Fossil Friday Roundup: May 11, 2018

  Featured Image: View of Grotta La Fabbrica, from Villa et al. (2018). Papers (All Open Access): Binary-state speciation and extinction method is conditionally robust to realistic violations of its assumptions (BMC Evolutionary Biology) Did the

Fossil Friday Roundup: May 4, 2018

  Featured Image: Citipati osmolskae, IGM 100/1004 in left lateral view. Anterior is to the left. From Norell et al. (2018). Papers (All Open Access): Quantifying the living fossil concept (PalaeoE) Getting somewhere with the Red Queen:

Fossil Friday Roundup: April 27, 2018

  Featured Image: From Nowakowski (2018). CC-BY. Papers (All Open Access): Quantifying ecological impacts of mass extinctions with network analysis of fossil communities (PNAS) Late Miocene climate cooling and intensification of southeast Asian winter monsoon

Fossil Friday Roundup: March 30, 2018

0000-0002-8715-2896 Featured Image: Isisfordia duncani, QM F36211 (holotype), an articulated and near complete skeleton in dorsal aspect. From Syme and Salisbury (2018), CC-BY. Papers (All Open Access): A lake classification concept for a more accurate global estimate of

Stepping Out: New Ornithomimosaur from Arkansas Described

0000-0002-8715-2896Holotype cast of Arkansaurus fridayi, pictured in front of the Broadway Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas. Image courtesy R. Hunt-Foster, used with permission. Last week, a new species of dinosaur was described in the Journal of

Fossil Friday Roundup: March 16, 2018

0000-0002-8715-2896 Featured Image: Tethydraco regalis FSAC-OB 199 ulna. From Longrich et al (2018), CC-BY. Papers (All Open Access): Atlantic deep water circulation during the last interglacial (Scientific Reports) Wangshangkia, a new Devonian ostracod genus from Dushan of

Shell Shock! Can morphometrics distinguish fossil turtle species?

0000-0002-8715-2896 A big component of paleontological work revolves around identifying morphological characters that diagnose distinct species in the fossil record. But therein lies an unavoidable problem: where is the line between variation among separate species and variation within