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Paleontology

Earth Materials in Our Lives

Paleontology is the study of the history of life on Earth as based on fossils.

In celebration of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's 80th Annual Meeting, and in acknowledgement of the breadth of research, we’ve collated free leading articles from our paleontology portfolio. The articles below cover a variety of topics, including new discoveries, vertebrate paleontology and systematic studies.

All featured research will be available via this page until 28 February 2021 for you to read, share and cite.

Explore the collection and join in the conversation at @tandfenviro with #2020SVP.

New Discoveries

Journal Article Authors Year
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology A new large Late Cretaceous lamniform shark from North America, with comments on the taxonomy, paleoecology, and evolution of the genus Cretodus Kenshu Shimada & Michael J. Everhart 2019
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Fostoria dhimbangunmal, gen. et sp. nov., a new iguanodontian (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) from the mid-Cretaceous of Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia Phil R. Bell, Tom Brougham, Matthew C. Herne, et al. 2019
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology A new onychodont (Osteichthyes; Sarcopterygii) from the Middle Devonian of Morocco and its bearing on early osteichthyan evolution Jorge Mondéjar-Fernández 2019
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology A new genus and species of sabretooth, Oriensmilus liupanensis (Barbourofelinae, Nimravidae, Carnivora), from the middle Miocene of China suggests barbourofelines are nimravids, not felids Xioming Wang, Stuart C. White & Jian Guan 2019
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology A new longirostrine sperm whale (Cetacea, Physeteroidea) from the lower Miocene of the Pisco Basin (southern coast of Peru) Olivier Lambert, Christian de Muizon, Mario Urbina, et al. 2020
Alcheringa: An Australian Journal of Palaeontology New fossil species of Ephialtitidae and Baissidae (Hymenoptera, Apocrita) from the mid-Mesozoic of northeastern China Longfeng Li, Chungkun Shih, Daqing Li, et al. 2019
Alcheringa: An Australian Journal of Palaeontology Leg bones of a new penguin species from the Waipara Greensand add to the diversity of very large-sized Sphenisciformes in the Paleocene of New Zealand Gerald Mayr, Vanesa L. De Pietri, Leigh Love, et al. 2019
Palynology The dinoflagellate cyst genera Achomosphaera Evitt 1963 and Spiniferites Mantell 1850 in Pliocene to modern sediments: a summary of round table discussions Kenneth N. Mertens, Nicolas Van Nieuwenhove, Pieter R. Gurdebeke, et al. 2018
Palynology The Pliocene–Pleistocene palynology of the Negro River, Brazil Carlos D'Apolito, Silane A. F. da Silva-Caminha, Carlos Jaramillo, et al. 2018
Historical Biology A new species of Omeisaurus (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) from the Middle Jurassic of Yunyang, Chongqing, China Chao Tan, Ming Xiao, Hui Dai, et al. 2020

Vertebrate Paleontology

Journal Article Authors Year
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology A novel archosauromorph from Antarctica and an updated review of a high-latitude vertebrate assemblage in the wake of the end-Permian mass extinction Brandon R. Peecook, Roger M. H. Smith & Christian A. Sidor 2018
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Rare earth element geochemistry of bone beds from the Lower Cretaceous Zhonggou Formation of Gansu Province, China Celina A. Suarez, Eric M. Morschhauser, Marine B. Suarez, et al. 2019
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology The vertebrate fauna of the Upper Permian of Niger—X. The mandible of the captorhinid reptile Moradisaurus grandis Sean P. Modesto, Courtney D. Richards, Oumarou Ide, et al. 2018
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology An unusual ‘shovel-billed’ dinosaur with trophic specializations from the early Campanian of Trans-Pecos Texas, and the ancestral hadrosaurian crest Albert Prieto-Márquez, Jonathan R. Wagner & Thomas Lehman 2019
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology Osteology of Klamelisaurus gobiensis (Dinosauria, Eusauropoda) and the evolutionary history of Middle–Late Jurassic Chinese sauropods Andrew J. Moore, Paul Upchurch, Paul M. Barrett, et al. 2020
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology Virtual reconstruction of the skull of Bernissartia fagesii and current understanding of the neosuchian–eusuchian transition Jeremy E. Martin, Thierry Smith, Céline Salaviale, et al. 2020
Alcheringa: An Australian Journal of Palaeontology A palaeobiogeographical synthesis of Australasian Mesozoic marine tetrapods Benjamin P. Kear, R. Ewan Fordyce, Norton Hiller, et al. 2018
Alcheringa: An Australian Journal of Palaeontology Early Cretaceous polar biotas of Victoria, southeastern Australia—an overview of research to date Stephen F. Poropat, Sarah K Martin, Anne-Marie P. Tosolini, et al. 2018
Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society Ichthyosaurs of the British Middle and Upper Jurassic. Part 2. Brachypterygius, Nannopterygius, Macropterygius and Taxa invalida Benjamin C. Moon & Angela M. Kirton 2018
Ichnos Vertebrate and Invertebrate Trace Fossils in the Late Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Fluvio-Lacustrine San Giorgio Basin (South-West Sardinia): Remarks on the Oldest Continental Ichnoassociation of Italy Lorenzo Marchetti, Fabio Massimo Petti, Daniel Zoboli, et al. 2017

Systematic Studies

Journal Article Authors Year
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology A systematic review of the giant alligatoroid Deinosuchus from the Campanian of North America and its implications for the relationships at the root of Crocodylia Adam P. Cossette & Christopher A. Brochu 2020
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Redescription and phylogenetic assessment of 'Prognathodon' stadtmani: implications for Globidensini monophyly and character homology in Mosasaurinae Joshua R. Lively 2020
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Neurocranial anatomy of Seymouria from Richards Spur, Oklahoma Kayla D. Bassana, Bryan M. Gee, Joseph J. Bevitt, et al. 2020
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology Redescription of Anaschisma (Temnospondyli: Metoposauridae) from the Late Triassic of Wyoming and the phylogeny of the Metoposauridae Bryan M. Gee, William G. Parker & Adam D. Marsh 2019
Alcheringa: An Australian Journal of Palaeontology The architecture of Permian glossopterid ovuliferous reproductive organs Stephen Mcloughlin & Rose Prevec 2019
Alcheringa: An Australian Journal of Palaeontology A new Ordovician (Katian) calymenid, Gravicalymene bakeri sp. nov., from the Gordon Group, Tasmania, Australia Patrick M. Smith & Malte C. Ebach 2020
Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society British Silurian Myodocope Ostracods Vincent Perrier, David J. Siveter, Mark Williams, et al. 2018
Palynology Dinoflagellate cyst evidence for the age and palaeoenvironments of the Upper Eocene–Oligocene Dabaa Formation, Qattara Depression, north Western Desert, Egypt Salah Y. El Beialy, Martin J. Head, Haytham El Atfy, et al. 2018
Grana Using palynomorphological characteristics for the identification of species of Alsinoideae (Caryophyllaceae): a systematic approach Fazal Ullah, Syed Nasar Shah, Wajid Zaman, et al. 2019
Historical Biology Description of new dyrosaurid specimens from the Late Cretaceous–Early Paleogene of New Jersey, United States, and comments on Hyposaurus systematics Rafael Gomes de Souza, Beatriz Marinho Hörmanseder, Rodrigo Giesta Figueiredo, et al. 2019

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