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The Early to Late Oligocene Propalaeocastor is the earliest known beaver genus from Eurasia. Although many species of this genus have been described, these species are defined based on very fragmentary specimens. Propalaeocastor irtyshensis from the Early Oligocene...

["Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2926v1
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Ceratopsids (“horned dinosaurs”) are known from western North America and Asia, a distribution reflecting an inferred subaerial link between the two landmasses during the Late Cretaceous. However, this clade was previously unknown from eastern North America, presumably...

["Biogeography","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2746v2
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Spinosaurids (Diapsida: Spinosauridae) and sphenacodontids (Synapsida: Sphenacodontidae) share not only a characteristic tall neural spines, but also an atypical – compared to their close respective relatives – ecology, i.e. apparently piscivorous and possibly...

["Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2917v1
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New records of the Oligo-Miocene mekosuchine crocodilian, Baru, from Queensland and the Northern Territory are described. B. wickeni and B. darrowi are accepted as valid species in the genus and their diagnoses are revised. Both species are present in Queensland...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2909v1
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The morphology and affinities of newly discovered disc-shaped soft-bodied fossils from the early Cambrian (Series 2: Stage 4, Dyeran) Carrara Formation are discussed. These specimens show some similarity to the Ordovician Discophyllum Hall, 1847; traditionally...

["Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2706v2
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The recent description of the Tremadocian halkieriid-like stem aculiferan, Calvapilosa kroegeri, could shed new light on some enigmatic Ordovician fossils known only by their disarticulated plates. Specifically, Conchopeltis alternata could be interpreted as a...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2854v1
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Synapsida, the clade including therapsids and thus also mammals, is one of the two major branches of amniotes. Organismal design, with modularity as a concept, offers insights into the evolution of therapsids, a group that experienced profound anatomical transformations...

["Developmental Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Neuroscience","Paleontology","Anatomy and Physiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2313v2
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The patella is a sesamoid bone located in the major extensor tendon of the knee joint, in the hindlimb of many tetrapods. Although numerous aspects of knee morphology are ancient and conserved among most tetrapods, the evolutionary occurrence of the patella is...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Zoology","Anatomy and Physiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2594v2
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Vertebrate trace fossils are common in Upper Triassic deposits across the American southwest. These ichnofauna are dominated by Grallator, Brachychirotherium, and Pseudotetrasauropus, and lack ichnotaxa traditionally considered to be Early Jurassic in age, such...

["Biogeography","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2662v2
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A novel reconstruction of the nodosaurid dinosaur Struthiosaurus austriacus Bunzel 1871 is presented. Because bones and dermal armor are preserved as disarticulated elements only and because of the lack of field notes from the original excavation(s), any attempt...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2758v1
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While large mass mortality events (MMEs) are well known for toothed whales, they have been rare in baleen whales due to their less gregarious behaviour. Although in most cases the cause of mortality has not been conclusively identified, some baleen whale mortality...

["Conservation Biology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2707v1
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The evolution of herbivory in early tetrapods was crucial in the establishment of terrestrial ecosystems, although it is so far unclear what effect this innovation had on the macro-evolutionary patterns observed within this clade. The clades which entered this...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2701v1
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The largest published data matrix for phylogenetic analysis of Paleozoic limbed vertebrates (Ruta M, Coates MI. 2007. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 5:69–122) supported variously controversial hypotheses; e.g., it recovered Seymouriamorpha, Diadectomorpha...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1596v2
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The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry (CLDQ) is the densest deposit of Jurassic theropod dinosaurs discovered to date. Unlike typical Jurassic bone deposits, it is dominated by the presence of Allosaurus fragilis. Since excavation began in the 1920’s numerous hypotheses...

["Ecosystem Science","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2600v1
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Late Cretaceous deposits of the North American Western Interior represent the best, if not only, opportunity to construct a high-resolution chronostratigraphic framework within which to conduct continental-scale geological and paleontological analyses. This is...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2554v1
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