Miocene macropaleontology of the Caldecott Tunnel fourth bore excavation, Berkeley Hills, CA, USA!
Powell et al. describe Miocene marine macrofossils recovered from the fourth bore excavation of the Caldecott Tunnel in the Berkeley Hills, Oakland, CA, USA.
First leatherback sea turtle (family Dermochelyidae) from the Mio-Pliocene Purisima Formation of California!
Bailey Fallon and Bobby Boessenecker describe the first leatherback sea turtle, cf. Psephophorus, from the lower Pliocene Purisima Formation of California, USA.
The Miocene Mascall vertebrate fauna revisited!
An excellent update of the vertebrate fauna and chronostratigraphy of the Miocene type Mascall Formation, John Day Basin, Oregon, USA by Kaitlin Clare Maguire, Joshua Samuels, and Mark Schmitz.
Toxochelys latiremis Cope, 1873
First report of this turtle from the Cretaceous of Alabama, USA by Andrew Gentry and Jun Ebersole.
Program and abstracts for the 52nd annual meeting of the Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists held at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, USA.
Calliovarica oregonensis Hickman
A new species of chilodontid gastropod from the Eocene of Oregon, USA by Carole S. Hickman.
Late Triassic vertebrates from the Dockum Group of Texas!
New apomorphy-based identifications of vertebrates from the Late Triassic Dockum Group of Texas by Lessner et al.
An EPICC contribution!
Annotated list of the Cenozoic marine formations of the Pacific Northwest by Liz Nesbitt.
Use of machine learning to classify extant apes!
Monson et al. apply machine learning using dental morphology to classify extant apes and shed light on the chimpanzee-human last common ancestor.
New subadult skull specimen of Euclastes wielandi Hay, 1908 from the Cretaceous of New Jersey, USA!
New study of a subadult skull by P. Ullmann, Z. Boles and M. Knell provides insights into the cranial morphology and intraspecific variation in the Cretaceous pan-cheloniid turtle Euclastes wielandi.
Cimolestids (Mammalia) from the Paleocene of Montana!
New report on Puercolestes and Betonnia, two cimolestids from the early Paleocene (Puercan) of northeastern Montana, U.S.A. by William A. Clemens.
Eocene cassid gastropods from North America!
A reassessment by Richard Squires of Eocene warm-water cassid gastropods (Family Cassidae) from North America and implications for their paleogeographic distribution and faunal turnover following the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum.
Late Eocene elasmobranchs from Aiken County, South Carolina, USA!
Cicimurri and Knight describe new material of sharks and rays (elasmobrachs) from the Dry Branch Formation of Aiken County, South Carolina USA.
NAPC 2019 Field trip guide to the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition in the southwestern USA!
Field trip guide to the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition led by E. Smith, L. Tarhan and L. Nelson for the 2019 North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC).
Late Cretaceous endemic shallow-marine gastropods of the northeast Pacific!
Biodiversity and faunal changes in Late Cretaceous northeast Pacific gastropods by Richard L. Squires.
NAPC 2019 field trip guide to the geology and paleontology of Miocene formations in southern California!
Katharine Loughney and Tara Smiley's NAPC 2019 field trip guide to the geology and paleontology of the Miocene Barstow, Crowder, and Cajon Valley formations of southern California.
Program and Abstracts for the 11th North American Paleontological Conference!
Program and Abstracts for the 11th North American Paleontological Conference (NAPC) hosted by University of California, Riverside June 23-27, 2019.
Nestling-sized hadrosaurine crania from the Late Cretaceous of Montana!
Wosik et al. describe new cranial remains of hadrosaurine nestlings from the Late Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation, Montana, USA, with analysis of cranial ontogeny in Edmontosaurus annectens.
Volume 34, 2017
The age of the Oso Member, Capistrano Formation, and a review of fossil crocodylians from California
Fossils from the late Miocene Oso Member of the Capistrano Formation in Orange County, California, are underreported in the scientific literature. Mitigation activities in the Oso Member have resulted in collections of fossils in museums. We provide a preliminary list of identified faunal elements from the Oso Member and determine its age using biostratigraphy. The presence of the fossil horse Dinohippus interpolatus allows us to constrain the age of the Oso Member to the early late Hemphillian (Hh3, 6.6–5.8 Ma). We provide a review of other Hemphillian terrestrial vertebrate sites from Southern California. Our age assessment for the Oso Member allowed us to recognize a significant temporal range extension for crocodylians on the Pacific Coast of the United States. Including the Oso Member, the fossil record of crocodylians in California is based on fragmentary material from 13 formations ranging from the Paleocene to the late Miocene (including seven Eocene units). Of these records, the Oso Member fossils represent the youngest record of fossil crocodylians in California. Fossil crocodylians from Orange County extend the record of crocodylians in California ~10 million years from the middle Miocene to the late Miocene.
New theropod fossils from the Upper Triassic Dockum Group of Texas, USA, and a brief overview of the Dockum theropod diversity
New records enrich the Late Triassic theropod assemblage of the Dockum Group of Texas. Here, five unpublished theropod specimens (TTU-P11175, TTU-P12531X, TTU-P12587X, TTU-P14786, TTU-P16789) are described, each represented by a single element and collected from various fossil localities of Garza County, Texas. Additionally, two previously described specimens (TTU-P10082, TTU-P10534), which were also recovered from Upper Triassic rocks of Garza County are revisited for additional remarks on their anatomy. These new theropod specimens increase the abundance and disparity of theropods in the Dockum terrestrial vertebrate fauna. Together, with confirmed theropod discoveries in other recent works, the newly evaluated specimens add to the long history of dinosaur research in the Dockum Group of Texas.
The Program and Abstracts volume for the 2017 WAVP annual meeting held February 17-19, 2017 at Yavapai College, Prescott, Arizona.
Procerberus (Cimolestidae, Mammalia) from the Latest Cretaceous and Earliest Paleocene of the Northern Western Interior, USA
Three species of the cimolestid Procerberus are currently recognized in the northern North American Western Interior in latest Cretaceous and earliest Paleocene (Puercan North American Land Mammal Age) faunas: P. formicarum, P. andesiticus, and P. grandis. Analysis of a new topotypic sample of P. formicarum from the Bug Creek Anthills locality provides an estimate of the range of variation of its postcanine dentition. The three currently recognized species occur in Puercan 1 (Pu1) interval zone faunas, but two other occurrences indicate that the genus originated and initially diversified prior to the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary. Rare occurrences at several localities and entries in faunal lists suggest even greater taxonomic diversity. Limited evidence suggests continued diversification in the later Puercan and possible survival of the genus into the Torrejonian. Procerberus grandis or a closely related species may be a sister group of primitive taeniodonts.
A new Early Pliocene record of the toothless walrus Valenictus (Carnivora, Odobenidae) from the Purisima Formation of Northern California
The walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) is a large tusked molluskivore that inhabits the Arctic and is the sole living member of the family Odobenidae. In contrast to the modern walrus, extinct walruses lived in temperate and even subtropical climates as far south as Baja California and Japan in the Pacific, and Florida and Morocco in the Atlantic. Multispecies walrus assemblages are now documented from several localities in the North Pacific, the center of origin for the family. The genus Valenictus is a toothless dense-boned walrus reported from several localities in southern California and Baja California. An isolated astragalus from lower Pliocene (5.33–4.89 Ma, Zanclean correlative) sediments of the Purisima Formation of northern California (Santa Cruz County, California) matches the highly derived morphology of Valenictus chulavistensis, and is identifiable as Valenictus sp. This specimen is the first record of Valenictus from the Purisima Formation and the first from northern California.
A juvenile of the multiple-tooth-rowed reptile Labidosaurikos (Eureptilia, Captorhinidae, Moradisaurinae) from the Lower Permian of north-central Texas
Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) 1352 is a partial maxillary toothplate of a basal reptilian from the Lower Permian of Baylor County, north-central Texas. The specimen displays the straight rows of teeth characteristic of the subfamily Moradisaurinae (family: Captorhinidae) and is nearly identical in shape to the maxilla of Labidosaurikos meachami. Larger, more mesial individual teeth conform to the dental pattern previously determined for adults of the genus. Adults of L. meachami are known to possess six maxillary tooth rows, whereas MCZ 1352 has only five. Although only a partial specimen, it appears MCZ 1352 is most likely a juvenile specimen of L. meachmi. If correct, the comparative sizes suggest isometric growth of this element. The orientation of the lingual-most row of teeth, and the five as opposed to six maxillary tooth rows, suggest either new tooth rows may move labially during development or bone growth and remodeling occur lingually, resulting in the development of a margin of maxillary bone between the fifth row and the lingual edge.