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Publications by the Bristol Palaeobiology Group (2012)
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Research contributions: Science and Nature [3]

Hönisch, B., Ridgwell, A., Schmidt, D.N., Thomas, E., Gibbs, S.J., Sluijs, A., Zeebe, R.E., Kump, L.R., Martindale, R.C., Greene, S.E., Kiessling, W., Ries, J.B., Zachos, J.C., Royer, D.L., Barker, S., Marchitto, T.M.J., Moyer, R.P., Pelejero, C., Ziveri, P., Foster, G., Williams, B., 2012. The geological record of ocean acidification. Science 335, 1058-1063 (doi: 10.1126/science.1208277).

Huldtgren, T., Cunningham, J.A., Yin, C., Stampanoni, M., Marone, F., Donoghue, P.C.J., and Bengtson, S. 2012. Response to comment on "Fossilized nuclei and germination structures identify Ediacaran 'animal embryos' as encysting protists." Science 335, 1169 (doi: 10.1126/science.1219076).

Ruecklin, M., Donoghue, P.C.J., Johanson, Z., Trinajstic. K., Marone, F., and Stampanoni, M. 2012. Development of teeth and jaws in the earliest jawed vertebrates. Nature 491, 748-751 (doi: 10.1038/nature11555).

Research contributions: others [90]

Anderson, P.S.L., Bright, J.A., Gill, P.G., Palmer, C., and Rayfield, E.J. 2012. Models in palaeontological functional analysis. Biology Letters 8, 119-122 (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0674).

Anderson, P.S.L. and Friedman, M. 2012. Using cladistic characters to predict functional variety: experiments using early gnathostomes, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32, 1254-1270 (doi: 10.1080/02724634.2012.694386).

Anderson, P.S.L. and Rayfield, E.J. 2012. Virtual experiments, physical validation: dental morphology at the intersection of experiment and theory. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 9, 1846-1855 (doi: 10.1098/rsif.2012.0043).

Andrew, C., Howe, P., and Paul, C.R.C. 2012. The linguliform brachiopod Discinisca in the Lower Jurassic Charmouth Mudstone Formation of Dorset and Alum Shale Member of Yorkshire. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 59, 125-132 (doi: 10.1144/pygs2012-314).

Angielczyk, K.D. and Ruta, M. 2012. The roots of amphibian morphospace: a geometric morphometric analysis of Paleozoic temnospondyls. Fieldiana Life and Earth Sciences 5, 40-58 (doi: 10.3158/2158-5520-5.1.40).

Bell, M.A. and Braddy, S.J. 2012. Cope's rule in the Ordovician trilobite family Asaphidae (order Asaphida): patterns across multiple most parsimonious trees. Historical Biology 24, 223-230 (doi: 10.1080/08912963.2011.616201).

Bengtson, S., Cunningham, J.A., Yin, C.Y., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2012. A merciful death for the "earliest bilaterian," Vernanimalcula. Evolution & Development 14, 421-427 (doi: 10.1111/j.1525-142X.2012.00562.x).

Benton, M.J. 2012. No gap in the Middle Permian record of fossil vertebrates. Geology 40, 339-342 (doi: 10.1130/G32669.1).

Benton, M.J. 2012. Origin and evolution of dinosaurs. 336-351 In Brett-Surman, M.K., Holtz, T.R., Jr., Farlow, J.O., and Walters, B. (eds), The complete dinosaur, 2nd edition. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1115 pp.

Benton, M.J. 2012. Naming the Bristol dinosaur, Thecodontosaurus: politics and science in the 1830s. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 123, 766-778 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2012.07.012).

Benton, M.J., Newell, A.J., Khlyupin, A.Yu., Shumov, I.S., Price, G.D., and Kurkin, A.A. 2012. Preservation of exceptional vertebrate assemblages in Middle Permian fluviolacustrine mudstones of Kotel'nich, Russia: stratigraphy, sedimentology, and taphonomy. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 319-320, 58-83 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.01.005).

Benton, M.J., Schouten, R., Drewitt, E.J.A., and Viegas, P. 2012. The Bristol Dinosaur Project. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 123, 210-225 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2011.07.004).

Birn-Jeffery, A.V., Miller, C.E., Naish, D., Rayfield, E.J., and Hone, D.W.E. 2012. Pedal claw curvature in birds, lizards and Mesozoic dinosaurs - complicated categories and compensating for mass-specific and phylogenetic control. PLoS ONE 7(12): e50555 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050555).

Botella, H., Martínez-Pérez, C., and Soler-Gijon, R. 2012. Machaeracanthus goujeti n. sp. (Acanthodii) from the Lower Devonian of Spain and northwest France, with special reference to spine histology. Geodiversitas 34, 761-783 (doi: 10.5252/g2012n4a3).

Brasier, M.D., Antcliffe, J.B., and Liu, A.G. 2012. The architecture of Ediacaran fronds. Palaeontology 55, 1105-1024 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01164.x).

Brasier, M.D., Liu, A.G., Kenchington, C.G., Matthews, J.J., Wilby, P.R., and Antcliffe, J.B. 2012. Ediacaran palaeobiology and its context in Leicestershire and Shropshire. Geological Society of London Field Guide. Geological Society of London, UK.

Bright, J.A. 2012. The importance of craniofacial sutures in biomechanical finite element models of the domestic pig. PLoS ONE 7(2), e31769 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031769).

Brusatte, S.L., Sakamoto, M., Montanari, S., and Harcourt-Smith, W.E.H. 2012. The evolution of cranial form and function in theropod dinosaurs: insights from geometric morphometrics. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25: 365-377 (doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02427.x).

Budd, G.E. and Daley, A.C. 2012. The lobes and lobopods of Opabinia regalis (Burgess Shale, Cambrian Series 3, Stage 5). Lethaia 45, 83-95 (doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2011.00264.x).

Carlos Laya, J. and Tucker, M.E. 2012. Facies analysis and depositional environments of Permian carbonates of the Venezuelan Andes: Palaeogeographic implications for Northern Gondwana. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 331, 1-26 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.02.011 ).

Cavin, L., Avanzini, M., Bernardi, M., Piuz, A., Proz, P.-A., Meister, C/. Boissonnas, J., and Meyer, C.A. 2012. New vertebrate trackways from the autochthonous cover of the Aiguilles Rouges Massif and reevaluation of the dinosaur record in the Valais, SW Switzerland. Swiss Journal of Palaeontology 131, 317-324 (doi: 10.1007/s13358-012-0040-0).

Chen, Z.Q. and Benton, M.J. 2012. The timing and pattern of biotic recovery following the end-Permian mass extinction. Nature Geoscience 5, 375-383 (doi: 10.1038/ngeo1475).

Close, R.J. and Rayfield, E.J. 2012. Functional morphometric analysis of the furcula in Mesozoic birds. PLoS ONE 7(5), e36664 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036664).

Couce, E., Ridgwell, A., and Hendy, E.J. 2012. Environmental controls on the global distribution of shallow-water coral reefs. Journal of Biogeography 39, 1508-1523 (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02706.x).

Cox, P.G., Rayfield, E.J., Fagan, M.J., Herrel, A., Pataky, T.C., and Jeffery, N. 2012. Functional evolution of the feeding system in rodents. PLoS ONE 7(4), e36299 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036299).

Cunningham, J.A., Ruecklin, M., Blom, H., Botella, H., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2012. Testing models of dental development in the earliest bony vertebrates, Andreolepis and Lophosteus. Biology Letters 8, 833-837 (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0357).

Cunningham, J.A., Thomas, C.-W., Bengtson, S., Kearns, S.L., Xiao, S., Marone, F., Stampanoni, M., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2012. Distinguishing geology from biology in the Ediacaran Doushantuo biota relaxes constraints on the timing of the origin of bilaterians. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 279, 2369-2376 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.2280).

Cunningham, J.A., Thomas, C.-W., Bengtson, S., Marone, F., Stampanoni, M., Turner, F.R., Bailey, J.V., Raff, R.A., Raff, E.C,., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2012. Experimental taphonomy of giant sulphur bacteria: implications for the interpretation of the embryo-like Ediacaran Doushantuo fossils. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 279, 1857-1864 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.2064).

Cuny, G., Martin, J.E., and Sarr, R. 2012. A neoselachian shark fauna from the Late Cretaceous of Senegal. Cretaceous Research 34, 107-115 (doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2011.10.008).

Daley, A.C. and Bergström, J. 2012. The oral cone of Anomalocaris is not a classic 'Peytoia'. Naturwissenschaften 99, 501-504 (doi: 10.1007/s00114-012-0910-8).

De Baets, K., Klug, C., and Monnet, C. 2012. Intraspecific variability through ontogeny in early ammonoids. Paleobiology 39, 75-94 (doi: 10.1666/0094-8373-39.1.75).

dos Reis, M., Inoue, J., Hasegawa, M., Asher, R.J., Donoghue, P.C.J., Yang, Z. 2012. Phylogenomic datasets provide both precision and accuracy in estimating the timescale of placental mammal phylogeny. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 279. 3491-3500 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.0683).

Duan, B.C., Dong, X.-P., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2012. New palaeoscolecid worms from the Furongian (upper Cambrian) of Hunan, South China: is Markuelia an embryonic palaeoscolecid? Palaeontology 55, 613-622 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01148.x).

Dunhill, A.M. 2012. Problems with using rock outcrop area as a paleontological sampling proxy: rock outcrop and exposure area compared with coastal proximity, topography, land use, and lithology. Paleobiology 38, 126-143 (doi: 10.5061/dryad.b02h0).

Dunhill, A.M., Benton, M.J., Twitchett, R.J., and Newell, A.J. 2012. Completeness of the fossil record and the validity of sampling proxies at outcrop level. Palaeontology 55, 1155-1175 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01149.x).

Evans, A.R., Jones, D., Boyer, A.G., Brown, J.H., Costa, D.P. Ernest, S.K.M., Fitzgerald, E.M.G., Fortelius, M., Gittleman, J.L., Hamilton, M.J., Harding, L.E., Lintulaakso, K., Lyons, S.K., Okie, J.G., Saarinen, J.J., Sibly, R.M., Smith, F.A., Stephens, P.R., Theodor, J.M., and Uhen, M.D. 2012. The maximum rate of mammal evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 109, 4187-4190 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1120774109).

Feuda, R., Hamilton, S.C., McInerney, J.O., and Pisani, D. 2012. Metazoan opsin evolution reveals a simple route to animal vision. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 109, 18868-18872 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1204609109).

Gröning, F., Bright, J.A., Fagan, M., and O'Higgins, P. 2012. Improving the validation of finite element models with quantitative full-field strain comparisons. Journal of Biomechanics 45, 1498-1506 (doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2012.02.009).

Hendy, E.J., Tomiak, P.J., Collins, M.J., Hellstrom, J., Tudhope, A.W., Lough, J.M., and Penkman, K.E.H. 2012. Assessing amino acid racemization variability in coral intra-crystalline protein for geochronological applications. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 86, 338-353 (doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2012.02.020).

Hoffmeister, M.C. 2012. The fossil record of penguins in South America. In: Fundamental: 10th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists, Teruel, Spain, pp. 31-34

Hone, D.W.E., Tischlinger, H., Frey, E., and Roeper, M. 2012. A new non-pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Late Jurassic of southern Germany. PLoS ONE 7(7), e39312 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039312).

Hone, D.W.E. 2012. Pterosaur research: Recent advances and a future revolution. Acta Geologica Sinica 86, 1366-1376 (doi: 10.1111/1755-6724.12006).

Hone, D.W.E., Naish, D., and Cuthill, I.C. 2012. Does mutual sexual selection explain the evolution of head crests in pterosaurs and dinosaurs? Lethaia 45, 139-156 (doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2011.00300.x).

Hose, T.A. 2012. Editorial: geotourism and geoconservation. Geoheritage 4, 1-5 (doi: 10.1007/s12371-012-0059-z).

Hose, T.A. 2012. 3G's for modern geotourism. Geoheritage 4, 7-24 (doi: 10.1007/s12371-011-0052-y).

Hose, T.A. and Vasiljević, D.A. 2012. Defining the nature and purpose of modern geotourism with particular reference to the United Kingdom and south-east Europe. Geoheritage 4, 25-43 (doi: 10.1007/s12371-011-0050-0).

Jardine, P.E., Janis, C.M., Sahney, S., and Benton, M.J. 2012. Grit not grass: concordant patterns of early origin of hypsodonty in Great Plains ungulates and Glires. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 365-366, 1-10 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.09.001).

Jones, D., Evans, A.R., Rayfield, E.J., Siu, K.K.W., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2012. Testing microstructural adaptation in the earliest dental tools. Biology Letters 8, 952-955 (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0487).

Jones, D., Evans, A.R., Siu, K.K.W., Rayfield, E.J., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2012. The sharpest tools in the box? Quantitative analysis of conodont element functional morphology. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 279, 2849-2854 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.0147).

Jones, D., Hartley, J., Frisch, G., Purnell, M., and Darras, L. 2012. Non-destructive, safe removal of conductive metal coatings from fossils: a new solution. Palaeontologia Electronica 15(2) 4T, 7 pp.

Keating, J.N., Sansom, R.S., and Purnell, M.A. 2012. A new osteostracan fauna from the Devonian of the Welsh Borderlands and observations on the taxonomy and growth of Osteostraci. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32, 1002-1017 (doi: 10.1080/02724634.2012.693555 ).

Kriwet, J. and Klug, S. 2012. Presence of the extinct sawfish, Onchosaurus (Neoselachii, Sclerorhynchiformes) in the Late Cretaceous of Peru with a review of the genus. Journal of South American Earth Sciences 39, 52-58 (doi: 10.1016/j.jsames.2012.06.007).

Lautenschlager, S., Rayfield, E.J., Altangerel, P., Zanno, L.E., Witmer, L.M. 2012. The endocranial anatomy of Therizinosauria and its implications for sensory and cognitive function. PLoS ONE 7(12), e52289. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0052289).

Longrich, N.R., Vinther, J., Meng, Q.J., Li, Q.J., and Russell, A.P. 2012. Primitive wing feather arrangement in Archaeopteryx lithographica and Anchiornis huxleyi. Current Biology 22,2262-2267 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.09.052).

Martin, J.E. and Buffetaut, E. 2012. The maxillary depression of Pholidosauridae: an anatomical study. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32, 1442-1446 (doi: 10.1080/02724634.2012.697504).

Martin, J.E., Buffetaut, E., Naksri, W., Lauprasert, K., and Claude, J. 2012. Gavialis from the Pleistocene of Thailand and its relevance for drainage connections from India to Java. PLoS ONE 7(9), e44541 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044541).

Martin, J.E., Fischer, V., Vincent, P., and Suan, G. 2012. A longirostrine Temnodontosaurus (Ichthyosauria) with comments on Early Jurassic ichthyosaur niche partitioning and disparity. Palaeontology 55, 995-1005 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01159.x).

Martínez-Pérez, C. and Valenzuela-Ríos, J.I. 2012. Polygnathids around the lower/upper Emsian boundary from La Guardia d'Àres section (Lower Devonian, Spanish Central Pyrenees). Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana 51, 193-202 (doi: 10.4435/BSPI.2012.22).

Morrissey, L.B., Braddy, S.J., Dodd, C., Higgs, K.T., and Williams, B.P.J. 2012. Trace fossils and palaeoenvironments of the Middle Devonian Caherbla Group, Dingle Peninsula, southwest Ireland. Geological Journal 47, 1-29 (doi: 10.1002/gj.1324).

Morrissey, L.B., Hillier, R.D., and Marriott, S.B. 2012. Late Silurian and Early Devonian terrestrialisation: ichnological insights from the Lower Old Red Sandstone of the Anglo-Welsh Basin, UK. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 337, 194-215 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.04.018).

Murdock, D.J.E., Donoghue, P.C.J., Bengtson, S., and Marone, F. 2012. Ontogeny and microstructure of the enigmatic Cambrian tommotiid Sunnaginia Missarzhevsky, 1969. Palaeontology 55, 661-676 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01131.x).

Newell, A.J., Benton, M.J., Kearsey, T., Taylor, G.K., Twitchett, R.J., and Tverdokhlebov, V.P. 2012. Calcretes, fluviolacustrine sediments and subsidence patterns in Permo-Triassic salt-walled minibasins of the south Urals, Russia. Sedimentology 59, 1659-1676 (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2012.01320.x).

Palmer, C. and Dyke, G.J. 2012. Constraints on the wing morphology of pterosaurs. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 279, 1218-1224 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.1529).

Panagiotopoulou, O., Wilshin, S. D., Rayfield, E. J., Shefelbine, S. J., and Hutchinson, J. R. 2011 What makes an accurate and reliable subject-specific finite element model? A case study of an elephant femur. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 9, 351 -361. (doi: 10.1098/rsif.2011.0323).

Parham, J.F., Donoghue, P.C.J., Bell, C.J., Calway, T.D., Head, J.J., Holroyd, P.A., Inoue, J.G., Irmis, R.B., Joyce, W.G., Ksepka, D.T., Patané, J.S.L., Smith, N.D., Tarver, J.E., Van Tuinen, M., Yang, Z., Angielczyk, K.D., Greenwood, J.M., Hipsley, C.A., Jacobs, L., Makovicky, P.J., Müller, J., Smith, K.T., Theodor, J.M., Warnock, R.C.M., and Benton, M.J. 2012. Best practices for justifying fossil calibrations. Systematic Biology 61, 346-359 (doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syr107).

Paul, C.R.C. and Simms, M.J. 2012. Epifauna on ammonites from the Lower Jurassic of the Severn Basin, southern England, and their palaeoenvironmental and taphonomic significance. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 123, 508-519 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2011.11.008).

Prestianni, C., Meyer-Berthaud, B., Blanchard, R., Ruecklin, M., Clement, G., and Gerrienne, P. 2012. The Middle Devonian plant assemblage from Dechra Ait Abdallah (Central Morocco) revisited. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 179, 44-55 (doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2012.03.011).

Purnell, M.A. and Jones, D. 2012. Quantitative analysis of conodont tooth wear and damage as a test of ecological and functional hypotheses. Paleobiology 38, 605-626 (doi: 10.1666/09070.1).

Ragazolla, F., Foster, L.C., Form, A., Anderson, P.S.L., Hansteen, T.H., and Fietzke, J. 2012. Ocean acidification weakens the structural integrity of coralline algae. Global Change Biology 18, 2804-2812 (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02756.x).

Rahman, I.A., Adcock, K, and Garwood, R.J. 2012. Virtual fossils: a new resource for science communication in paleontology. Evolution: Education and Outreach 5, 635-641 (doi: 10.1007/s12052-012-0458-2).

Rahman, I.A. and Lintz, H. 2012. Dehmicystis globulus, an enigmatic solute (Echinodermata) from the Lower Devonian Hunsruuml;ck Slate, Germany. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 86, 59-70 (doi: 10.1007/s12542-011-0116-y).

Sakamoto, M. and Ruta, M. 2012. Convergence and divergence in the evolution of cat skulls: temporal and spatial patterns of morphological diversity. PLoS ONE 7(7), e39752 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039752).

Sassoon, J., Noè, L.F., and Benton, M.J. 2012. Cranial anatomy, taxonomic implications and palaeopathology of an Upper Jurassic pliosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from Westbury, Wiltshire UK. Palaeontology 55, 743-773 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01151.xx).

Schirrmeister, B.E., Dalquen, D.A., Anisimova, M., and Bagheri, H.C. 2012. Gene copy number variation and its significance in cyanobacterial phylogeny. BMC Microbiology 12, 177 (doi: 10.1186/1471-2180-12-177).

Seki, O., Schmidt, D.N., Schouten, S., Hopmans, E.C., Damste, J.S.S., and Pancost, R.D. 2012. Paleoceanographic changes in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific over the last 10 Myr. Paleoceanography 27, PA3224 (doi: 10.1029/2011PA002158).

Shimeld, S.M. and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2012. Evolutionary crossroads in developmental biology: cyclostomes (lamprey and hagfish). Development 139, 2091-2099 (doi: 10.1242/dev.074716).

Tarver, J.E., Donoghue, P.C.J., and Peterson, K.J. 2012. Do miRNAs have a deep evolutionary history? Bioessays 19, 857-866 (doi: 10.1002/bies.201200055).

Taylor, M.A. and Benton, M.J. 2012. Obituary: Arthur Richard Ivor Cruickshank 1932-2011; palaeontologist who specialized in the dicynodonts of Gondwana and Jurassic plesiosaurs. Geoscientist 22 (2), 28.

Taylor, M.A., Benton, M.J., Noè, L.F., and Fraser, N.C. 2012. Obituary: Arthur Cruickshank - 1932-2011. Palaeontologica Africana 46, 93-98.

Tresise, G. and King, M.J. 2012. History of ichnology: the misconceived footprints of rhynchosaurs. Ichnos 19, 228-237 (doi: 10.1080/10420940.2012.717131).

Uenzelmann-Neben, G., Schmidt, D.N., Niessen, F., Stein, R. 2012. Intraplate volcanism off South Greenland: Caused by glacial rebound? Geophysical Journal International 190, 1-7 (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05468.x).

Van den Berg, T., Whiteside, D.I., Viegas, P., Schouten, R., and Benton, M.J. 2012. The Late Triassic microvertebrate fauna of Tytherington, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 123, 638-648 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2012.05.003).

Viegas, P. and Clapham, C. 2012. Custom-made tool for cutting large quantities of standard size padding - Bristol Dinosaur Project. The Geological Curator 9, 429-432.

Wang, X., Nudds, R.L., Palmer, C., and Dyke, G.J. 2012. Size scaling and stiffness of avian primary feathers: implications for the flight of Mesozoic birds. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25, 547-555 (doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02449.x).

Warnock, R.C.M., Yang, Z.H., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2012. Exploring uncertainty in the calibration of the molecular clock. Biology Letters 8, 156-159 (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0710).

Wen, W., Zhang, Q.Y., Hu, S.X., Zhou, C.Y., Huang, J.Y., Chen, Z.Q., and Benton, M.J. 2012. A new genus of actinopterygian fish from the Anisian (Middle Triassic) of Luoping, Yunnan Province, Southwest China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 57, 149-160 (doi: 10.4202/app.2010.0089).

Wills, M.A., Gerber, S., Ruta, M., and Hughes, M. 2012. The disparity of priapulid, archaeopriapulid and palaeoscolecid worms in the light of new data. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25, 2056-2076 (doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02586.x).

Young, M.T., Brusatte, S.L., Andrade, M.B. de, Desojo, J.B., Beatty, B.L., Steel, L., Fernandez, M.S., Sakamoto, M., Ruiz-Omenaca, J.I., and Schoch, R.R. 2012. The cranial osteology and feeding ecology of the metriorhynchid crocodylomorph genera Dakosaurus and Plesiosuchus from the Late Jurassic of Europe. PLoS ONE 7(9), e44985 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044985).

Young, M.T., Rayfield, E.J., Holliday, C.M., Witmer, L.M., Button, D.J., Upchurch, P., and Barrett, P.M. 2012. Cranial biomechanics of Diplodocus (Dinosauria, Sauropoda): testing hypotheses of feeding behaviour in an extinct megaherbivore. Naturwissenschaften 99, 637-643 (doi: 10.1007/s00114-012-0944-y).

Zamora, S., Rahman, I.A., and Smith, A.B. 2012. Plated Cambrian bilaterians reveal the earliest stages of echinoderm evolution. PLoS ONE 7(6), e38296 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038296).

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Antcliffe, J.B. 2012. The Cambrian Explosion: paradoxes and possible worlds. Palaeontology Online vol.2, article 8, pp. 1-12.

Cunningham, J. A. 2012. Fossil focus: animal embryos. Palaeontology Online vol. 2, article 2, pp. 1-4.

Daley, A.C. and Paterson, J.R. 2012. The Earth's first super-predators. Australasian Science, 33, 16-19.

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