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Publications by the Bristol Palaeobiology Group (2017)
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Research contributions: top-rank journals (IF > 30) [2]

Langer, M.C., Ezcurra, M.D., Rauhut, O.W.M., Benton, M.J., Knoll, F., McPhee, B.W., Novas, F.E., Pol, D., and Brusatte, S.L. 2017. Untangling the dinosaur family tree. Nature 551, E1-E3 (doi: 10.1038/nature24011).

Vinther, J., Parry, L., Briggs, D.E.G. and Van Roy, P. 2017. Ancestral morphology of crown-group molluscs revealed by a new Ordovician stem aculiferan. Nature 542, 471-474 (doi: 10.1038/nature21055).

Research contributions: high-rank journals (IF > 9) [11]

Brown, C.M., Henderson, D.M., Vinther, J., Fletcher, I., Sistiaga, A., Herrera, J., and Summons, R.E. 2017. An exceptionally preserved three-dimensional armored dinosaur reveals insights into coloration and Cretaceous predator-prey dynamics. Current Biology 27, 2514-2521 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.06.071).

Donoghue, P.C.J. 2017. Divining the nature of the ancestral vertebrate Current Biology 27: R277-279 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.02.029).

Feuda, R., Dohrmann, M., Pett, W., Philippe, H., Rota-Stabelli, O., Lartillot, N., Wörheide, G., and Pisani, D. 2018. Improved modeling of compositional heterogeneity supports sponges as sister to all other animals. Current Biology 27, 3864-3870.e4 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.11.008).

Freibert, S.-A., Goldberg, A.V., Hacker, C., Molik, S., Dean, P., Williams, T.A, Nakjang, S., Long, S.J., Sendra, K., Bill, E., Heinz, E., Hirt, R.P., Lucocq, J.M., Embley, T.M., and Lill, R. 2017. Evolutionary conservation and in vitro reconstitution of microsporidian iron-sulfur cluster biosynthesis. Nature Communications 8, art. 13932 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms13932).

Jiang, B.Y., Zhao, T., Regnault, S., Edwards, N.P., Kohn, S.C., Li, Z.H., Wogelius, R.A., Benton, M.J. and Hutchinson, J.R. 2017. Cellular preservation of musculoskeletal specializations in the Cretaceous bird Confuciusornis. Nature Communications 8, art. 14779 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms14779).

Liu, J., Organ, C.L., Benton, M.J., Brandley, M.C. and Aitchison, J.C. 2017. Live birth in an archosauromorph reptile. Nature Communications 8, art. 14445 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms14445).

Petitjean, C. and Williams, T. 2017. Evolution: new gene-rich mitochondria found across the eukaryotic tree. Current Biology, 27, R1270-R1271 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.10.028).

Sánchez-Baracaldo, P., Raven, J., Pisani, D. and Knoll, A.H. 2017. Early photosynthetic eukaryotes inhabited low salinity habitats. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 114, E7737-E7745 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1620089114).

Smithwick, F., Nicholls, R, Cuthill, I., and Vinther, J. 2017. Countershading and stripes in the theropod dinosaur Sinosauropteryx reveal heterogeneous habitats in the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota. Current Biology, 27, 3337-3343 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.09.032).

Williams, T., Szollosi, G.J., Spang, A., Foster, P.G., Heaps, S.E., Boussau, B., Ettema, T.J.G., and Embley, T.M. 2017. Integrative modeling of gene and genome evolution roots the archaeal tree of life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 114, E4602-E4611 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1618463114).

Xing, L., McKellar, R.C., Xu, X., Li, G., Bai, M., Persons, W.S., IV, Miyashita, T., Benton, M.J., Zhang, J.P., Wolfe, A.P., Yi, Q.R., Tseng, K.W., Ran, H., and Currie, P.J. 2017. Response to: Phylogenetic placement, developmental trajectories and evolutionary implications of a feathered dinosaur tail in Mid-Cretaceous amber. Current Biology 27, R216-R217 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.10.008).

Research contributions: others [79]

Antcliffe, J.B., Liu, A.G., Menon, L.R., McIlroy, D., McLoughlin, N., and Wacey, D. 2017. Understanding ancient life: How Martin Brasier changed the way we think about the fossil record. Geological Society Special Publication 448, 19-31 (doi: 10.1144/SP448.16).

Benton, M.J., Briggs, D.E.G., Clack, J.A., Edwards, D., Galway-Witham, J., Stringer, C.B., and Turvey, S. 2017. Russia-UK collaboration in paleontology: past, present, and future. Paleontological Journal 51, 576-599 (doi: 10.1134/S0031030117060028).

Bernardi, M., Petti, F.M., Kustatscher, E., Franz, M., Hartkopf-Fröder, C., Labandeira, C.C., Wappler, T., van Konijnenburg-van Cittert, J.H.A., Peecook, B.R., and Angielczyk, K.D. 2017. Late Permian (Lopingian) terrestrial ecosystems: A global comparison with new data from the low-latitude Bletterbach Biota. Earth-Science Reviews 175, 18-43 (doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.10.002).

Boakye, D.W., Jaroenlak, P., Prachumwat, A., Williams, T.A., Bateman, K.S., Itsathitphaisarn, O., Sritunyalucksana, K., Paszkiewicz, K.H., Moore, K., Stentiford, G.D., and Williams, B.A.P. 2017. Decay of the glycolytic pathway and adaptation to intranuclear parasitism within Enterocytozoonidae microsporidia. Environmental Microbiology, 19, 2077-2089 (doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13734).

Brasier, M.D., Norman, D.B., Liu, A.G., Cotton, L.J., Hiscocks, J.E.H.E., Garwood, R.J., Antcliffe, J.B., and Wacey, D. 2017. Remarkable preservation of brain tissues in an Early Cretaceous iguanodontian dinosaur. Geological Society Special Publication 448, 383-398 (doi: 10.1144/SP448.3).

Button, D.J., Barrett, P.M., and Rayfield, E.J. 2017. Craniodental functional evolution in sauropodomorph dinosaurs. Paleobiology 43, 435-462 (doi: 10.1017/pab.2017.4).

Caromel, A.G.M., Schmidt, D.N., and Rayfield, E.J. 2017. Ontogenetic constraints on foraminiferal test construction. Evolution & Develpment 19, 157-168 (doi: 10.1111/ede.12224).

Cermeño, P., Benton, M.J., Paz, O. and Vérard, C. 2017. Trophic and tectonic limits to the global increase of marine invertebrate diversity. Scientific Reports 7, 15969 (doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-16257-w).

Chu, D.L., Tong, J.N., Bottjer, D.J., Song, H.J., Song, H.Y., Benton, M.J., Tian, L., and Guo, W.W. 2017. Microbial mats in the terrestrial Lower Triassic of North China and implications for the Permian-Triassic mass extinction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 474, 214-231 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.06.013).

Clark, J.W. and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2017. Constraining the timing of whole genome duplication in plant evolutionary history. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284, 20170912 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0912).

Clements, T., Colleary, C., De Baets, K., and Vinther, J. 2017. Buoyancy mechanisms limit preservation of coleoid cephalopod soft tissues in Mesozoic Lagerstätten. Palaeontology 60, 1-14 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12267).

Cock, J.M., Liu, F.L., Duan, D.L., Bourdareau, S., Lipinska, A.P., Coelho, S.M., and Tarver, J.E. 2017. Rapid evolution of microRNA loci in the brown algae. Genome Biology and Evolution 9, 740-749 (doi: 10.1093/gbe/evx038).

Conley, D., Frings, P., Fontorbe, G., Clymens, W., Stadmark, J., Hendry, K., Marron, A. and De La Rocha, C. 2017. Biosilicification drives a decline of dissolved Si in the oceans through geologic time. Frontiers in Marine Science 4, 397. (doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00397).

Cunningham, J.E., Liu, A., Bengtson, S., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2017. The origin of animals: can evidence from molecular clocks and the fossil record be reconciled? Bioessays 39, 1600120 (doi: 10.1002/bies.201600120).

Cunningham, J.A., Vargas, K., Yin, Z., Bengtson, S., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2017. The Weng'an Biota (Doushantuo Formation): an Ediacaran window on soft bodied and multicellular microorganisms. Journal of the Geological Society 174, 793-802 (doi: 10.1144/jgs2016-142).

Davies, T.G., Rahman, I.A., Lautenschlager, S., Cunningham, J.A., Asher, R.J., Barrett, P.M., Bates, K.T., Bengtson, S., Benson, R.B.J., Boyer, D.M., Braga, J., Bright, J.A., Claessens, L.P.A.M., Cox, P.G., Dong, X.P., Evans, A.R., Falkingham, P.L., Friedman, M., Garwood, R.J., Goswami, A., Hutchinson, J.R., Jeffery, N.S., Johanson, Z., Lebrun, R., Martínez-Pérez, C., Marugán-Lobón, J., O'Higgins, P.M., Metscher, B., Orliac, M., Rowe, T.B., Rücklin, M., Sánchez-Villagra, M.R., Shubin, N.H., Smith, S.Y., Starck, J.M., Stringer, C., Summers, A.P., Sutton, M.D., Walsh, S.A., Weisbecker, V., Witmer, L.M., Wroe, S., Yin, Z., Rayfield, E.J., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2017. Open data and digital morphology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20170194 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0194).

Duan, B., Dong, X.-P., Porras, L., Vargas, K., Cunningham, J.A., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2017. The early Cambrian fossil embryo Pseudooides is a direct developing cnidarian, not an early ecdysozoan. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284, 20172188 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2188).

Eriksson, M.E., Parry, L.A., and Rudkin, D.M. 2017.Earth's oldest 'Bobbit worm' - gigantism in a Devonian eunicidan polychaete. Scientific Reports 7, art. 43061 (doi: 10.1038/srep43061).

Ferrón, H.G., Martínez-Pérez C., and Botella, H. 2017. Ecomorphological inferences in early vertebrates: reconstructing Dunkleosteus terrelli (Arthrodira, Placodermi) caudal fin from palaeoecological data. PeerJ 5, e4081 (doi: 10.7717/peerj.4081).

Field, D.J., Boessenecker, R., Racicot, R.A., Asbjornsdottir, L., Jonasson, K., Hsiang, A.Y., Behlke, A.D., and Vinther, J. 2017. The oldest marine vertebrate fossil from the volcanic island of Iceland: a partial Right whale skill from the high latitude Pliocene Tjornes Formation. Palaeontology 60, 141-148 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12275).

Flannery Sutherland, J.T., Austen, P.A., Duffin, C.J., and Benton, M.J. 2017. Leptolepid otoliths from the Hauterivian (Lower Cretaceous) Lower Weald Clay (southern England). Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 128, 613-625 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2017.05.001).

Herrera-Flores, J., Stubbs, T.L., and Benton, M.J. 2017. Macroevolutionary patterns in Rhynchocephalia: is the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) a living fossil? Palaeontology 60, 319-328 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12284).

Hickman-Lewis, K., Garwood, R.J., Withers, P.J., and Wacey, D. 2017. X-ray microtomography as a tool for investigating the petrological context of Precambrian cellular remains. Geological Society Special Publication 448, 33-56 (doi: 10.1144/SP448.11).

Hoekzema, R.S., Brasier, M.D., Dunn, F.S., and Liu, A.G. 2017. Quantitative study of developmental biology confirms Dickinsonia as a metazoan Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284, 20171348 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1348).

Hose, T.A. 2017. The English Peak District (as a potential geopark): mining geoheritage and historical geotourism. Acta Geoturistica 8, 32-49 (doi: 10.1515/agta-2017-0004).

Hu, S.-X., Zhang, Q.-Y., Feldmann, R.M., Benton, M.J., Schweitzer, C.E., Huang, J.Y., Wen, W., Zhou, C.Y., Xie, T., Lü, T. and Hong, S.G. 2017. Exceptional appendage and soft-tissue preservation in a Middle Triassic horseshoe crab from SW China. Scientific Reports 7, 14112 (doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13319-x).

Kelly, R.S., Ross, A.J., and Davidson, P. 2017. Mesozoic Holcoptera (Coleoptera: Coptoclavidae) from England and the United States. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 128, 659-674 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2017.05.009).

Kustatscher, E., Bernardi, M., Petti, F.M., Franz, M., van Konijnenburg-van Cittert, J.H.A., and Kerp, H. 2017. Sea-level changes in the Lopingian (late Permian) of the northwestern Tethys and their effects on the terrestrial palaeoenvironments, biota and fossil preservation. Gobal and Planetary Change 148, 166-180 (doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2016.12.006).

Landon, E.N.U., Duffin, C.J., Hildebrandt, C., Davies, T.G., Simms, M.J., and Benton, M.J. 2017. The first discovery of crinoids and cephalopod hooklets in the British Triassic. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 128, 360-373 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2017.03.005).

Lautenschlager, S. 2017. Functional niche partitioning in Therizinosauria provides new insights into the evolution of theropod herbivory. Palaeontology 60, 375-387 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12289).

Lautenschlager, S., Gill, P., Luo, Z.-X., Fagan, M.J., and Rayfield, E.J. 2017. Morphological evolution of the mammalian jaw adductor complex. Biological Reviews 92, 1910-1940 (doi: 10.1111/brv.12314).

Long, K., Prothero, D., Madan, M., and Syverson, V.J.P. 2017. Did saber-tooth kittens grow up musclebound? A study of postnatal limb bone allometry in felids from the Pleistocene of Rancho La Brea. PLoS One 12(9), e0183175 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183175).

Lozano-Fernandez, J., dos Reis, M., Donoghue, P.C.J., and Pisani, D. 2017. RelTime rates collapse to a strict clock when estimating the timeline of animal diversification. Genome Biology & Evolution 9, 1320-1328 (doi: 10.1093/gbe/evx079).

Liu, A.G., Menon, L.R., Shields, G.A., Callow, R.H.T., and McIlroy, D. 2017. Martin Brasier's contribution to the palaeobiology of the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition. Geological Society Special Publication 448, 179-193 (doi: 10.1144/SP448.9).

Luo, M., Hu, S.X., Benton, M.J., Shi, G.R., Zhao, L.S., Huang, J.Y., Song, H.J., Wen, W., Zhang, Q.Y., Fang, Y.H., Huang, Y.G., and Chen, Z.Q. 2017. Taphonomy and palaeobiology of early Middle Triassic coprolites from the Luoping biota, southwest China: Implications for reconstruction of fossil food webs. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 474, 232-246 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.06.001).

MacLaren, J.A., Anderson, P.S.L, Barrett, P.M., and Rayfield, E.J. 2017. Herbivorous dinosaur jaw disparity and its relationship to extrinsic evolutionary drivers. Paleobiology 43, 15-33 (doi: 10.1017/pab.2016.31).

Madan, M., Rayfield, E.J., and Bright, J.A. 2017. Scaling and functional morphology in strigiform hind limbs. Scientific Reports 7, art. 44920 (doi: 10.1038/srep44920).

Makhlouf, Y., Lefebvre, B., Nardin, E., Nedjari, A and Paul, C.R.C. 2017. Lepidocalix pulcher (Echinodermata, Diploporita) from the Middle Ordovician of northern Algeria: taxonomic revision and palaeoecological implications. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 62, 299-310 (doi: 10.4202/app.00286.2016).

Major, P., Embley, T.M., and Williams, T. 2017. Phylogenetic diversity of NTT nucleotide transport proteins in free-living and parasitic bacteria and eukaryotes. Genome Biology and Evolution, 9, 480-487 (doi: 10.1093/gbe/evx015).

Manzanares, E., Pla, C., Martínez-Pérez, C., Ferrón, H., and Botella, H. 2017. Lonchidion derenzii sp. nov., a new lonchidiid shark (Chondrichthyes, Hybodontiforms) from the Upper Triassic of Spain, with remarks on lonchidiid enameloid. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 37, art. e1253585 (doi: 10.1080/02724634.2017.1253585).

Marchetti, L., Mujal, E., and Bernardi, M. 2017. An unusual Amphisauropus trackway and its implication for understanding seymouriamorph locomotion. Lethaia 50, 162-174 (doi: 10.1111/let.12184).

Martin-Silverstone, E., Glasier, J.R.N., Acorn, J.H., Mohr, S., and Currie, P.J. 2017. Reassessment of Dawndraco kanzai Kellner, 2010 and reassignment of the type specimen to Pteranodon sternbergi Harksen, 1966. Vertebrate Anatomy, Morphology, Palaeontology 3, 47-59.

McDermott, P.D. and Paul, C.R.C. 2017. Ateleocystites? lansae sp. nov. (Mitrata, Anomalocystitidae) from the Upper Ordovician of South Wales. Geological Journal 52, 1-13 (doi: 10.1002/gj.2712).

McGill, L.M., Fitzpatrick, D.A., Pisani, D., and Burnell, A.M. 2017. Estimation of phylogenetic divergence times in Panagrolaimidae and other nematodes using relaxed molecular clocks calibrated with insect and crustacean fossils. Nematology 19, 899-913 (doi: 10.1163/15685411-00003096).

Melbourne, L.A., Hernandez-Kantun, J.J., Russell, S., and Brodie, J. 2017. There is more to maerl than meets the eye: DNA barcoding reveals a new species in Britain, Lithothamnion erinaceum sp. nov. (Hapalidiales, Rhodophyta). European Journal of Phycology 52, 166-178 (doi: 10.1080/09670262.2016.1269953).

Morton, J.D., Whiteside, D.I., Hethke, M., and Benton, M.J. 2017. Biostratigraphy and geometric morphometrics of conchostracans (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) from the Late Triassic fissure deposits of Cromhall Quarry, UK. Palaeontology 60, 349-374 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12288).

Morton, J.D., Whiteside, D.I., Hethke, M., and Benton, M.J. 2017. Corrigendum to: Biostratigraphy and geometric morphometrics of conchostracans (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) from the Late Triassic fissure deposits of Cromhall Quarry, UK (Palaeontology, (2017), 60, 3, (349-374), 10.1111/pala.12288). Palaeontology 60, 761 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12321).

Muscutt, L.E., Dyke, G.J., Weymouth, G.D., Naish, D., Palmer, C., and Ganapathisubramani, B. 2017. The four-flipper swimming method of plesiosaurs enabled efficient and effective locomotion. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284, 20170951 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0951).

Nielsen, M.L. and Nielsen, A.T. 2017. Two abnormal pygidia of the trilobite Toxochasmops from the Upper Ordovician of the Oslo Region, Norway. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark 65, 171-175.

O'Reilly, S., Summons, R., Mayr, G., and Vinther, J. 2017. Preservation of uropygial gland lipids in a 48-million-year-old bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284, 20171050 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1050).

Panciroli, E., Janis, C., Stockdale, M., and Martin-Serra, A. 2017. Correlates between calcaneal morphology and locomotion in extant and extinct carnivorous mammals. Journal of Morphology 278, 1333-1353 (doi: 10.1002/jmor.20716).

Parry, L.A., Baron, M.G., and Vinther, J. 2017. Multiple optimality criteria support Ornithoscelida. Royal Society Open Science 4, 170833 (doi: 10.1098/rsos.170833).

Parry, L.A., Legg, D.A., and Sutton, M.D. 2017. Enalikter is not an annelid: Homology, autapomorphies and the interpretation of problematic fossils. Lethaia 50, 222-226 (doi: 10.1111/let.12196).

Paul, C.R.C. 2017. Testing for homologies in the axial skeleton of primitive echinoderms. Journal of Paleontology 91, 582-603 (doi: 10.1017/jpa.2016.151).

Puttick, M.N., Kriwet, J., Wen, W., Hu, S.X., Thomas, G.H., and Benton, M.J. 2017. Body length of bony fishes was not a selective factor during the biggest mass extinction of all time. Palaeontology 60, 727-741 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12309).

Puttick, M.N., O'Reilly, J.E., Oakley, D., Tanner, A.R., Fleming, J., Clark, J., Holloway, L., Lozano-Fernandez, J., Parry, L., Tarver, J.E., Pisani, D. and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2017. Parsimony and Maximum Likelihood phylogenetic analyses of morphology do not generally integrate uncertainty in inferring evolutionary history: a response to Brown et al. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20171636 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1636).

Puttick, M.N., O'Reilly, J., Tanner, A., Fleming, J., Clark, J., Holloway, L., Lozano-Fernandez, J., Parry, L., Tarver, J., Pisani, D., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2017. Uncertain-tree: discriminating among competing approaches to the phylogenetic analysis of phenotype data. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284, 20162290.(doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2290).

Sahney, S. and Benton, M.J. 2017. The impact of the Pull of the Recent on the fossil record of tetrapods. Evolutionary Ecology Research 18, 7-23.

Saitta, E., Rogers, C., Brooker, R., and Vinther, J. 2017. Experimental taphonomy of keratin: a structural analysis of early taphonomic changes. Palaios, 32, 647-657 (doi: 10.2110/palo.2017.051).

Saitta, E.T., Rogers, C., Brooker, R.A., Abbott, G.D., Kumar, S., O'Reilly, S.S., Donohoe, P., Dutta, S., Summons, R.E. and Vinther, J. 2017. Low fossilization potential of keratin protein revealed by experimental taphonomy. Palaeontology 60, 547-556.

Sakamoto, M., Venditti, C., and Benton, M.J. 2017. 'Residual diversity estimates' do not correct for sampling bias in palaeodiversity data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8, 453-459 (doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12666).

Smithwick, F.M., Mayr, G., Saitta, E.T., Benton, M.J., and Vinther, J. 2017. On the purported presence of fossilized collagen fibres in an ichthyosaur and a theropod dinosaur. Palaeontology 60, 409-422 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12292).

Stoddard, P.R., Williams, T., Garner, E., and Baum, B. 2017. Evolution of polymer formation within the actin superfamily. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 28, 2461-2469 (doi: 10.1091/mbc.E15-11-0778).

Tanner, A., Fuchs, D., Winkelmann, I.E., Gilbert, M.T.P., Pankey, S., Ribeiro, A.M., Kocot, K., Halanych, K., Oakley, T.H., Da Fonseca, R.R., Pisani, D., and Vinther, J. 2017. Molecular clocks indicate turnover and diversification of modern coleoid cephalopods during the Mesozoic Marine Revolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284, 20162818. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2818).

Taylor, A.C., Lautenschlager, S., Zhao, Q., and Rayfield, E.J. 2017. Biomechanical evaluation of different musculoskeletal arrangements in Psittacosaurus and implications for cranial function. Anatomical Record 300, 49-61 (doi: 10.1002/ar.23489).

Taylor, R.S., Tarver, J.E., Foroozani, A., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2017. microRNA annotation in draft plant genomes - do it right or not at all. Bioessays 39, 1600113 (doi: 10.1002/bies.201600113).

Uchman, A., Quintino, V., Rodrigues, A.M., Johnson, M.E., Melo, C.S., Cordeiro, R., Ramalho, R.S., and Ávila, S.P. 2017. The trace fossil Diopatrichnus santamariensis nov. isp. - a shell armored tube from Pliocene sediments of Santa Maria Island, Azores (NE Atlantic Ocean). Geobios 50, 459-469 (doi: 10.1016/j.geobios.2017.09.002).

Utida, G., Oliveira, E.C., Tucker, M.E., Petri, S., Boggiani, P.C. 2017. Palaeoenvironmental interpretations based on molluscs from mid-Holocene lacustrine limestones, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Quaternary International 437, 186-198 (doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2016.11.007).

Wacey, D., Battison, L., Garwood, R.J., Hickman-Lewis, K., and Brasier, M.D. 2017. Advanced analytical techniques for studying the morphology and chemistry of Proterozoic microfossils. Geological Society Special Publication 448, 81-104 (doi: 10.1144/SP448.4).

Wacey, D., Brasier, M., Parnell, J., Culwick, T., Bowden, S., Spinks, S., Boyce, A.J., Davidheiser-Kroll, B., Jeon, H., Saunders, M., and Kilburn, M.R. 2017. Contrasting microfossil preservation and lake chemistries within the 1200-1000 Ma Torridonian Supergroup of NW Scotland. Geological Society Special Publication 448, 105-119 (doi: 10.1144/SP448.6).

Walker, F.M., Dunhill, A.M., Woods, M.A., Newell, A.J., and Benton, M.J. 2017. Assessing sampling of the fossil record in a geographically and stratigraphically constrained dataset: the Chalk Group of Hampshire, southern UK. Journal of the Geological Society 174, 509-521 (doi: 10.1144/jgs2016-093).

Wang, X., Nudds, R.L., Palmer, C., and Dyke, G.J. 2017. Primary feather vane asymmetry should not be used to predict the flight capabilities of feathered fossils. Science Bulletin 62, 1227-1228 (doi: 10.1016/j.scib.2017.08.025).

Warnock, R.C.M., Yang, Z., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2017. Testing the molecular clock using mechanistic models of both fossil preservation and molecular evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284, 20170277 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0227).

Waterson, A.M., Edgar, K.M., Schmidt, D.N., and Valdes, P.J. 2017. Quantifying the stability of planktic foraminiferal physical niches between the Holocene and Last Glacial Maximum. Paleoceanography 32, 74-89 (doi: 10.1002/2016PA002964).

Whiteside, D.I. and Duffin, C.J. 2017. Late Triassic terrestrial microvertebrates from Charles Moore's 'Microlestes' quarry, Holwell, Somerset, UK. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 179, 677-705 (doi: 10.1111/zoj.12458).

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