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Gigantoraptor fossils at exhibit in England + Fishapod story + Kulindadromeus as symbol + more

Ben Creisler

Some recent items:

Gigantoraptor fossils to be displayed in Nottingham, England

http: // www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-35614151

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Fishapod story with Neil Shubin

http: // nautil.us/issue/33/attraction/its-a-fishapod


Chernyshevsky District in Siberia coat of arms and flag to show
Kulindadromeus, along with buckwheat and forked cross

http: // www.pravda.ru/news/districts/siberia/19-02-2016/1292894-dinosaur-0/

http: // www.newsru.com/russia/19feb2016/rept.html

https: // www.chita.ru/news/83574/


Titanosaur tumors



Tyrannosaur tracks from Wyoming

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Jurassic elasmosaur  from Saint-Rémy-du-Val, France (in French)

http: // www.le-perche.fr/44643/le-saosnois-a-son-dinosaure/


Éric Buffetaut video interview about extinction of dinosaurs (in French)

http: // 

Non-dino items that might be of interest:

Filling Romer's Gap in Scotland

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Cambrian explosion linked to true polar wander as Earth's entire crust shifted?

http: // phys.org/news/2016-02-great-secrets-earth-evolution.html


Ross N. Mitchell, Timothy D. Raub, Samuel C. Silva and Joseph L.
Kirschvink (2015)
Was the Cambrian explosion both an effect and an artifact of true polar wander?
American Journal of Sciences 315(10):  945-957
doi: 10.2475/10.2015.02
http: // www.ajsonline.org/content/315/10/945.abstract

Free pdf:

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How K/Pg extinction changed plant genes

Rolf Lohaus & Yves Van de Peer (2016)
Of dups and dinos: evolution at the K/Pg boundary.
Current Opinion in Plant Biology 30: 62–69
http: // www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1369526616300140

pdf is open access


Although many plants are extant polyploids, the number of ancient
polyploidy events that survived on the long term is limited.
Many whole genome duplications seem to be clustered in time around the
K/Pg boundary.
Both adaptive and neutral processes might have contributed to promote
the establishment of polyploids.


Fifteen years into sequencing entire plant genomes, more than 30
paleopolyploidy events could be mapped on the tree of flowering plants
(and many more when also transcriptome data sets are considered).
While some genome duplications are very old and have occurred early in
the evolution of dicots and monocots, or even before, others are more
recent and seem to have occurred independently in many different plant
lineages. Strikingly, a majority of these duplications date somewhere
between 55 and 75 million years ago (mya), and thus likely correlate
with the K/Pg boundary. If true, this would suggest that plants that
had their genome duplicated at that time, had an increased chance to
survive the most recent mass extinction event, at 66 mya, which wiped
out a majority of plant and animal life, including all non-avian
dinosaurs. Here, we review several processes, both neutral and
adaptive, that might explain the establishment of polyploid plants,
following the K/Pg mass extinction.


Giant Australian bird fossils

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http: // www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/s4410176.htm


Texas worm lizard from Eocene

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