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November 26, 2014

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7:11 PM | A block of baby Protoceratops
My new paper is out today and it describes a wonderful new specimen of four baby Protoceratops together in a single block. Unlike many other groups of exceptionally preserved specimens from the Mongolian Gobi, the animals are effectively stacked on top of one another and all facing in different directions and importantly, their inferred age […]
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6:30 PM | Systematics of Putative Euparkeriids from the Triassic of China
Sookias, R. B., Sullivan, C., Liu, J., and R. J. Butler. 2014. Systematics of putative euparkeriids (Diapsida: Archosauriformes) from the Triassic of China. PeerJ 2:e658 doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.658Abstract - The South African species Euparkeria capensis is of great importance for understanding the early radiation of archosauromorphs (including archosaurs) following the Permo–Triassic mass extinction, as most phylogenetic analyses place it as the sister taxon to crown group […]
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2:30 AM | Leperditia carbonaria Ostracod Fossil
The fossil in this picture appears to be a Leperditia carbonaria ostracod. It was found in Meade County, Kentucky, USA. The creature existed in the Mississippian Period. Field of view in picture is about 2 mm. Thanks to Kenny for the picture.

November 25, 2014

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6:23 PM | Silesaurid-Herrerasaurid-Neotheropod Assemblage from the Late Triassic of Poland
This is currently free from the Palaeontology Online website.Niedźwiedzki, G., Brusatte, S. L., Sulej, T., and R. J. Butler. 2014. Basal dinosauriform and theropod dinosaurs from the mid–late Norian (Late Triassic) of Poland: implications for Triassic dinosaur evolution and distribution. Palaeontology 57(6): 1121–1142 DOI: 10.1111/pala.12107 Abstract - The rise of dinosaurs during the Triassic is a widely studied evolutionary radiation, but there are still many unanswered […]
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5:51 PM | Fossil Beast Helps Fill The Backstory of Horses, Tapirs, and Rhinos
There used to be rhinos in North America. In fact, they originated on the continent. The earliest ones …
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5:41 PM | Can penguins tell us how far the Cretaceous diving bird Hesperornis wandered?
Don’t mess with Hesperornis. It was a flightless, aquatic Cretaceous bird that measured up to six feet long, had a beak lined with sharp teeth, and was partially responsible for the downfall of at least one scientific career*. It superficially resembled … Continue reading »The post Can penguins tell us how far the Cretaceous diving bird Hesperornis wandered? appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
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2:53 PM | Solite Excavation: Day 13
While I was out of town this past weekend, the VMNH excavation crew had an excellent day in the pit at Solite Quarry. Led by Ray Vodden, the VMNH crew (Jim, Kal, and Sydney) and a few students from Virginia … Continue reading →
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12:57 PM | “Open access wins all of the arguments all of the time.”
One is rather inspired. OpenCon 2014 was a wonderful time bringing together the best minds in early career research and the ‘world of open’ to discuss how we make access to knowledge, data, and educational resources better for everyone. It wasn’t so much an event*, as a milestone. Here’s the story of its success. I don’t want to run through the basics of each aspect of open access, data, and education. Let me instead tell you instead about how we just marked a […]
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12:32 PM | “Open access wins all of the arguments all of the time.”
One is rather inspired. OpenCon 2014 was a wonderful time bringing together the best minds in early career research and the ‘world of open’ to discuss how we make access to knowledge, data, and educational resources better for everyone. It wasn’t so much an event*, as a milestone. Here’s the story of its success. I […]
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11:30 AM | El "espíritu aventurero" de nuestra juventud
En PMMV estamos muy contentos de poder afirmar que uno de nuestros doctores ha sido seleccionado para un contrato de investigación postdoctoral en Alemania por medio de la prestigiosa Fundación Alexander von Humboldt. Se trata de Juan L. Cantalapiedra, que el año que viene se incorporará al Museum für Naturkunde de Berlín para desarrollar nuevos y excitantes estudios sobre la evolución de los rumiantes y otros organismos. […]

November 24, 2014

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3:49 PM | Mesozoic Miscellany 69
Newsie BitsThinkGeek, the popular on-line retailer specializing in, appropriately enough, geeky gifts, recently began selling fossils. This resulted in criticism from paleontologists, and eventually ThinkGeek's decision to halt the sales, at least for a time. Lee Hall posted about the controversy at Extinct Los Angeles, following his original post with a ThinkGeek reply, and his subsequent response. At Jersey Boys Hunt Dinosaurs - as well as her blog Shaman of the Atheistic Sciences, Lisa […]
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1:39 PM | A population of Shantungosaurus, the largest ornithischian
Sadly I have to report that after many years working on various diapsids and having published plenty of papers on dinosaurs generally and theropods specifically, and yes even sauropods, I’ve gone and published two papers on ornithischians. I hang my head in shame, obviously, and I hope too many readers won’t think too little of […]
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8:48 AM | Beipiao Sturgeon Fish Fossil
I saw an interesting fish fossil for sale at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park gift shop in October 2014. The label said, "The Beipiao sturgeon was discovered in the area of west Liaoning Province of China. It was formed in land facies layer of the Late Jurassic Period. It was about 130,000,000 years ago." If I recall correctly, the length was over 20 cm and the price was

November 22, 2014

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10:00 AM | Is publishing “just a button”?
Matt’s post yesterday was one of several posts on this blog that have alluded to Clay Shirky’s now-classic article How We Will Read [archived copy]. Here is the key passage that we keep coming back to: Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are […]

November 21, 2014

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8:37 PM | Lucky Find Uncovers a Marvelous Fossil Mammal
Mesozoic mammals were fascinating little beasts. They burrowed, climbed, glided, and swam through the Age of Dinosaurs, not …
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2:00 PM | Friday Headlines: 11-21-14
Friday Headlines, November 21, 2014 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: Lake Effect Snow World’s Biggest Landslide   Western New York Buried By Lake Effect Snow Blizzard This week, the city of Buffalo, NY, as well as the … Continue reading →
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