Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

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A high-resolution growth series of Tyrannosaurus rex obtained from multiple lines of evidence
Mark Young –– This publication is a major step forward for investigating ontogenetic trends in a fossil animal, and will no doubt be a hallmark paper others will follow. Moreover, it will undoubtedly help those working on Tyrannosaurus rex and tyrannosaurids untangle issues surrounding 'dwarf taxa' vs ontogenetic morphs.
Oldest co-occurrence of Varanus and Python from Africa—first record of squamates from the early Miocene of Moghra Formation, Western Desert, Egypt
Mathew Wedel –– African faunas in the Miocene are important for understanding the evolution and biogeography of Old World vertebrate lineages, including our own, and given the paucity of African squamate fossils, this paper may punch above its weight in terms of interest.
Estimating the evolutionary rates in mosasauroids and plesiosaurs: discussion of niche occupation in Late Cretaceous seas
Kenneth De Baets –– This study evaluates the similarity in evolutionary rates between two groups and how these might have been affected by overlap in niche occupation. This is done using the latest methods and would be relevant for both paleontologists and evolutionary biologists.
A new plesiosaurian from the Jurassic–Cretaceous transitional interval of the Slottsmøya Member (Volgian), with insights into the cranial anatomy of cryptoclidids using computed tomography
Mark Young –– An interesting new taxon from the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary in the Boreal Sea.
How many ontogenetic points are needed to accurately describe the ontogeny of a cephalopod conch? A case study of the modern nautilid Nautilus pompilius
Christopher Glasby
Filamentous cyanobacteria preserved in masses of fungal hyphae from the Triassic of Antarctica
Craig Moyer –– This manuscript documents the first Mesozoic cyanobacterial fossils preserved in fungal hyphal masses within a leaf-rich permineralized (silicified) peat and represents a novel finding from the Triassic of Antarctica.
The history of mesowear: a review
Clara Stefen –– As the reviewrs have altready pointed out the review helps others and young scientists new to the field to read condensed history of mesowear and decide which variation of the original method to use and even more important to use the right citation!!
A reevaluation of the basal turtle Indochelys spatulata from the Early–Middle Jurassic (Toarcian–Aalenian) of India, with descriptions of new material
Mark Young –– An important contribution to our understanding of basal turtles (non-perichelydian mesochelydians).
Cranial anatomy of Allosaurus jimmadseni, a new species from the lower part of the Morrison Formation (Upper Jurassic) of Western North America
Hans-Dieter Sues –– First modern anatomical description of an important taxon of Jurassic predatory dinosaurs.
Hole in One: an element reduction approach to modeling bone porosity in finite element analysis
Philip Cox –– I think this could become quite a widely used technique in FE modelling
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KSL News Radio: "Radioactive dinosaur skull from Utah helped researchers make new discovery"
https://kslnewsradio.com/1920298/radioactive-dinosaur-allosaurus/

Salt Lake Tribune: "A ‘new’ dinosaur — the top predator of its time — goes on display at the Utah Museum of Natural History"
https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/01/24/new-dinosaur-top/

New Dinosaur Alert! Just Look at This Marvelous Meat-Eating Allosaurus
https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/a30647957/allosaurus-jimmadseni-dinosaur/

Carnivorous Dinosaur Discovered in the US Was a True Jurassic Nightmare
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/01/carnivorous-dinosaur-discovered-in-the-us-was-a-true-jurassic-nightmare/

Fearsome meat-eating dinosaur the size of a bus with serrated teeth and razor sharp claws is officially recognised as a new species 30 years after discovery
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7924751/Fearsome-meat-eating-dinosaur-size-bus-razor-sharp-claws-recognised-new-species.html