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1. chinaXiv:202104.00006 [pdf]

Climate change and evolution of early lagomorphs (Mammalia): a study perspective based on new materials of Ordolagus from Nei Mongol (northern China)

Chiara ANGELONE; ZHANG Zhao-Qun
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

The Early Oligocene is a critical time for global climate changes in the Cenozoic. This epoch witnessed severe mammalian faunal turnovers known as “Grande Coupure” in Europe and “Mongolian Remodelling” in Asia. However, insights about morphological changes in Oligocene mammal lineages have not been explored in detail. One of the least diversified groups of recent mammals, lagomorpha, is globally common in the fossil records, especially in Asia. During the Oligocene, many Eocene archaic lagomorph taxa died out and were replaced by more advanced forms. New findings from Nei Mongol and re-examination of the specimens from older collections enabled a revision of a common Asian lagomorph genus, Ordolagus, which possibly has a close affinity with the Middle–Late Eocene genus Gobiolagus. In Nei Mongol, we recognized the presence of Ordolagus during the basal Early Oligocene. Comparisons with coeval and slightly older lagomorph taxa from Asia and North America show that Ordolagus attained some salient tooth morphological characters (i.e., development of anteroconid on p3, full hypselodonty of cheek teeth, and lingual connection of trigonid and talonid on p4–m2), which are also the key features of modern leporids. The appearance of those morphologic features in Ordolagus is coeval to major global or regional climatic changes. Further investigations on Asian early lagomorphs compared with the study of other small mammals and local climatic factors will be essential to refine the role of lagomorphs as palaeoclimatic proxies.

submitted time 2021-04-02 From cooperative journals:《古脊椎动物学报》 Hits200Downloads97 Comment 0

2. chinaXiv:202104.00007 [pdf]

An Upper Miocene “Hipparion fauna” locality sandwiched by basalts in Hanjiaying, Nei Mongol

WANG Qian;LIU Yan;WANG Li-Hua; Mikael FORTELIUS; ZHANG Zhao-Qun
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

Here we report a Hipparion fauna locality discovered in between two basalt layers near Hanjiaying Village, Jining District, Wulanchabu City, Nei Mongol. K-Ar isotopic dating of the lower and upper level of the basalt constrains the age of the fauna from 7.2 to 6.8 Ma. Compared with classical Hipparion fauna from northern China, the Hanjiaying fauna is closer to those from Baode of Shanxi, Siziwang Banner of Nei Mongol and the Linxia Basin of Gansu. It is similar to the Loc. 43, 44 and 49 from Baode by faunal composition, confirming their age to be ~7.0 Ma rather than 5.5 Ma. The high similarity with the fossils from Wulanhua, Siziwang Banner, Nei Mongol, verified the age of Wulanhua fauna at about 7 Ma. Compared with faunas from the Linxia Basin, Gansu, it is more similar to those from the upper part of the Liushu Formation, especially the Yangjiashan fauna. Based on the faunal composition and their tooth morphology, the Hanjiaying fauna could be included in the “Gazella dorcadoides” fauna, which is supposed to be at the west paleobiome in northern China during the Late Miocene.

submitted time 2021-04-02 From cooperative journals:《古脊椎动物学报》 Hits139Downloads58 Comment 0

3. chinaXiv:201908.00095 [pdf]

First report of immature feathers in juvenile?enantiornithines from the Early Cretaceous Jehol avifauna

Jingmai K. O’CONNOR; Amanda FALK; WANG Min; ZHENG Xiao-Ting
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

Molting—the process replacing one plumage with another—is a critically important?biological function in Aves. This process annually replaces the feather coat, damaged by normal?wear and tear, produces ontogenetic changes in feathering, and produces alternate breeding?plumages associated with reproductive activity in adults. Immature, growing feathers are?encased in a keratinous sheath, giving them a narrow, tubular, and featureless appearance. The?complete loss of the sheath indicates the feather is mature. Despite the wealth of integumentary?data published from the Jehol Biota, immature feathers have never been definitively reported,?although they may potentially be preserved in a juvenile specimen of the non-avian oviraptorosaur?theropod dinosaur Similicaudipteryx from the 120 Ma Jiufotang Formation. A developing?feather has been reported in a 99 Ma enantiornithine neonate preserved in Burmese amber, in?which three-dimensional preservation makes interpretations of integumentary structures more?straightforward. Here we report on probable immature feathers in four juvenile enantiornithines?(Aves: Ornithothoraces) from the Jehol Group. As observed in developing feathers in extant?birds, the purported immature fossil feathers appear proximally narrow and featureless with?barbs protruding only distally. Based on our observations, we suggest that similar-appearing?feather structures preserved on the manus and tibiotarsus in the holotype of the enantiornithine?Cruralispennia multidonta may alternatively be interpreted as immature feathers. The presence?of immature feathers in combination with sexually dimorphic ornamental feathers in juvenile?enantiornithines suggests the complex molting patterns of Neornithes, in which such ornaments?only appear after several years (following several molts) when reproductive activity is achieved,?are limited to a subset of crownward avians.

submitted time 2019-08-27 From cooperative journals:《古脊椎动物学报》 Hits7589Downloads947 Comment 0

4. chinaXiv:201908.00120 [pdf]

New gobiconodontid (Eutriconodonta, Mammalia) from?the Lower Cretaceous Shahai and Fuxin formations,?Liaoning, China

KUSUHASHI Nao; WANG Yuan-Qing; ?LI Chuan-Kui; JIN Xun
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

Eutriconodontans are one of the key members of mammals to our understanding of the evolution and transition of mammalian fauna in Asia during the Cretaceous. Two gobiconodontid?and two triconodontid species have previously been reported from the upper Lower Cretaceous?Shahai and Fuxin formations. Here we describe two additional eutriconodontans from the?formations, Fuxinoconodon changi gen. et sp. nov. and ?Gobiconodontidae gen. et sp. indet.?This new species is attributed to the Gobiconodontidae, characterized by having an enlarged?first lower incisor, reduction in the number of incisors and premolariforms, proportionally large?cusps b and c being well distant from cusp a on the molariforms, presence of a labial cingulid,?and a unique mixed combination of molariform characters seen on either the first or the second,?but not both, generations of molariforms in Gobiconodon. Together with the four known species,?eutriconodontans remained diverse to some extent in the late Early Cretaceous in Asia, although?their family-level and generic level diversity appears to have been already reduced at that time.

submitted time 2019-08-26 From cooperative journals:《古脊椎动物学报》 Hits8628Downloads941 Comment 0

5. chinaXiv:201908.00119 [pdf]

New gobiconodontid (Eutriconodonta, Mammalia) from?the Lower Cretaceous Shahai and Fuxin formations,?Liaoning, China

KUSUHASHI Nao; WANG Yuan-Qing; ?LI Chuan-Kui; JIN Xun
Subjects: Biology >> Zoology

Eutriconodontans are one of the key members of mammals to our understanding of the evolution and transition of mammalian fauna in Asia during the Cretaceous. Two gobiconodontid?and two triconodontid species have previously been reported from the upper Lower Cretaceous?Shahai and Fuxin formations. Here we describe two additional eutriconodontans from the?formations, Fuxinoconodon changi gen. et sp. nov. and ?Gobiconodontidae gen. et sp. indet.?This new species is attributed to the Gobiconodontidae, characterized by having an enlarged?first lower incisor, reduction in the number of incisors and premolariforms, proportionally large?cusps b and c being well distant from cusp a on the molariforms, presence of a labial cingulid,?and a unique mixed combination of molariform characters seen on either the first or the second,?but not both, generations of molariforms in Gobiconodon. Together with the four known species,?eutriconodontans remained diverse to some extent in the late Early Cretaceous in Asia, although?their family-level and generic level diversity appears to have been already reduced at that time.

submitted time 2019-08-26 From cooperative journals:《古脊椎动物学报》 Hits8482Downloads980 Comment 0

6. chinaXiv:201812.00009 [pdf]

The posterior cranial portion of the earliest known Tetrapodomorph Tungsenia paradoxa and the early evolution of tetrapodomorph endocrania

LU Jing; YOUNG Gavin; HU Yu-Zhi; QIAO Tuo; ZHU Min
Subjects: Biology >> Other Disciplines of Biology

Abstract Here the posterior cranial portion of the tetrapodomorph Tungsenia from the Lower Devonian (Pragian, ~409 million years ago) of Yunnan, southwest China, is reported for the first time. The pattern of posterior skull roof and the morphology of the otoccipital region of the neurocranium are described in detail, providing precious insight into the combination of cranial characters of the earliest known tetrapodomorph to date. The posterior cranium of Tungseniadisplays a mosaic of features previously linked either to basal dipnomorphs such as Youngolepis(e.g., the well-developed subjugular ridge, the strong adotic process, and the poorly developed fossa bridgei) or to typical tetrapodomorphs (e.g., the lateral dorsal aortae commenced from the median dorsal aorta postcranially). The independent ventral arcual plate is also found in the advanced tetrapodomorph Eusthenopteron. The new endocranial material of Tungsenia further fills in the morphological gap between Tetrapodomorpha (tetrapod lineage) and Dipnomorpha (lungfish lineage) and unveils the sequence of character acquisition during the initial diversification of the tetrapod lineage. The new phylogenetic analysis strongly supports the basalmost position of Tungsenia amongst the tetrapod lineage.

submitted time 2018-12-04 From cooperative journals:《古脊椎动物学报》 Hits4537Downloads1325 Comment 0

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