PLOS Paleo at SVP: Winners of our Top 10 Contest to be Announced at Social

In less than a week, the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology will be in full swing. I, for one, am very excited to visit my home state, share my research, see my old friends, and meet new friends and future colleagues. I am also excited to meet and visit with members of the PLOS Paleo Community at our PLOS Booth (Booth 30), and at our PLOS Social! See all of PLOS’s events and giveaways at SVP.

In exactly one week from today (Thursday, October 27 from 6–9 pm), PLOS is hosting a social at a fantastic restaurant just a short walk away from the Grand America Hotel, called Current Fish and Oyster Bar. We are inviting members of the PLOS Paleo Community to attend, but space is limited! We are asking you to register here! Excellent food and drinks are free courtesy of PLOS, but you must be registered! Note that this event does overlap with a part of the Student Roundtable Exchange, but because our event is an open social format, you do not have to stay the entire time, and can also arrive late if needed.

At our PLOS Social we will also be announcing the winners of our Top 10 Open Access Fossil Vertebrates of the Year! For the past month or so, we listed 38 papers that had been published since last year’s SVP meeting in Dallas, and we asked you to vote for those papers and organisms you felt deserved the top honors. Voting closed on October 15, and the votes are in!

We will announce the winners of the contest at our PLOS Paleo Social, so if you want be among the first to find out who won, you have to go to our Social! 😉

Listed below is the full (and very long) list of contenders for the honor of Top 10 OA Fossil Vertebrates of 2016. These are the official contenders, but we also had some great write-ins as well! In all, we had around 1,000 votes, so our wonderful community definitely let their voice be heard! Thank you to everyone who cast your votes and participated in the contest!

  1. Albicetus oxymycterus, from the article Albicetus oxymycterus, a New Generic Name and Redescription of a Basal Physeteroid (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the Miocene of California, and the Evolution of Body Size in Sperm Whales
  2. Allkaruen koi, from the article A Jurassic pterosaur from Patagonia and the origin of the pterodactyloid neurocranium
  3. Anebodon luoi, from the article A new symmetrodont mammal (Trechnotheria: Zhangheotheriidae) from the Early Cretaceous of China and trechnotherian character evolution
  4. Arktocara yakataga, from the article Arktocara yakataga, a new fossil odontocete (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the Oligocene of Alaska and the antiquity of Platanistoidea
  5. Atopodentatus unicus, from the article The earliest herbivorous marine reptile and its remarkable jaw apparatus
  6. Catutoichthys olsacheri, from the article A new Late Jurassic halecomorph fish from the marine Vaca Muerta Formation, Argentina, southwestern Gondwana
  7. Cryopterygius kielanae, from the article A new ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaur from the Late Jurassic of Owadów-Brzezinki Quarry, Poland
  8. Cumbaaichthys oxyrhynchus, from the article Mid-Cretaceous acanthomorph fishes with the description of a new species from the Turonian of Lac des Bois, Northwest Territories, Canada
  9. Dracoraptor hanigani, from the article The Oldest Jurassic Dinosaur: A Basal Neotheropod from the Hettangian of Great Britain
  10. Eucricetodon wangae, from the article New Cricetid Rodents from Strata near the Eocene-Oligocene Boundary in Erden Obo Section (Nei Mongol, China)
  11. Fukuivenator paradoxus, from the article A bizarre theropod from the Early Cretaceous of Japan highlighting mosaic evolution among coelurosaurians
  12. Fumicollis hoffmani, from the artilce Identification of a New Hesperornithiform from the Cretaceous Niobrara Chalk and Implications for Ecologic Diversity among Early Diving Birds
  13. Gualicho shinyae, from the article An Unusual New Theropod with a Didactyl Manus from the Upper Cretaceous of Patagonia, Argentina
  14. Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis, from the article A New Taxon of Basal Ceratopsian from China and the Early Evolution of Ceratopsia
  15. Irtyshogaulus minor and Irtyshogaulus major, from the article Two New Mylagaulid Rodents from the Early Miocene of China
  16. Ischioceratops zhuchengensis, from the article A New Leptoceratopsid (Ornithischia, Ceratopsia) with a Unique Ischium from the Upper Cretaceous of Shandong Province, China
  17. Kunbarrasaurus ieversi, from the article Cranial osteology of the ankylosaurian dinosaur formerly known as Minmi sp. (Ornithischia: Thyreophora) from the Lower Cretaceous Allaru Mudstone of Richmond, Queensland, Australia
  18. Lavadytis pyrenae, from the article New data on stiff-tailed duck evolution and dispersal from a new species of diving duck (Anseriformes: Anatidae: cf. Oxyurinae) from the Miocene High Rock Caldera in north-west Nevada, USA
  19. Lohuecosuchus megadontos and Lohuecosuchus mechinorum, from the article New Crocodyliforms from Southwestern Europe and Definition of a Diverse Clade of European Late Cretaceous Basal Eusuchians
  20. Lunaophis aquaticus, from the article An enigmatic aquatic snake from the Cenomanian of Northern South America
  21. Makhaira rossica, from the article Peculiar macrophagous adaptations in a new Cretaceous pliosaurid
  22. Machairoceratops cronusi, from the article A New Centrosaurine Ceratopsid, Machairoceratops cronusi gen et sp. nov., from the Upper Sand Member of the Wahweap Formation (Middle Campanian), Southern Utah
  23. Meroktenos thabanensis, from the article New material and revision of Melanorosaurus thabanensis, a basal sauropodomorph from the Upper Triassic of Lesotho
  24. Microleo attenboroughi, from the article A tiny new marsupial lion (Marsupialia, Thylacoleonidae) from the early Miocene of Australia
  25. Morelladon beltrani, from the article A New Sail-Backed Styracosternan (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Early Cretaceous of Morella, Spain
  26. Murusraptor barrosaensis, from the article A New Megaraptoran Dinosaur (Dinosauria, Theropoda, Megaraptoridae) from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia
  27. Notocolossus gonzalezparejasi, from the article A gigantic new dinosaur from Argentina and the evolution of the sauropod hind foot
  28. Probrachylophosaurus bergei, from the article A New Brachylophosaurin Hadrosaur (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) with an Intermediate Nasal Crest from the Campanian Judith River Formation of Northcentral Montana
  29. Propalaeotherium sudrei, from the article A new species of Propalaeotherium (Palaeotheriidae, Perissodactyla, Mammalia) from the Middle Eocene locality of Aumelas (Hérault, France)
  30. Qinglongtriton gangouensis, from the article A New Basal Salamandroid (Amphibia, Urodela) from the Late Jurassic of Qinglong, Hebei Province, China
  31. Rastodon procurvidens, from the article A New Dicynodont (Therapsida: Anomodontia) from the Permian of Southern Brazil and Its Implications for Bidentalian Origins
  32. Sarmientosaurus musacchioi, from the article A Basal Lithostrotian Titanosaur (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) with a Complete Skull: Implications for the Evolution and Paleobiology of Titanosauria
  33. Sirindhorna khoratensis, from the article A New Basal Hadrosauroid Dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous Khok Kruat Formation in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Northeastern Thailand
  34. Spiclypeus shipporum, from the article Spiclypeus shipporum gen. et sp. nov., a Boldly Audacious New Chasmosaurine Ceratopsid (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Judith River Formation (Upper Cretaceous: Campanian) of Montana, USA
  35. Ticinolepis longaeva and Ticinolepis crassidens, from the article New holostean fishes (Actinopterygii: Neopterygii) from the Middle Triassic of the Monte San Giorgio (Canton Ticino, Switzerland)
  36. Timonya anneae, from the article New Permian fauna from tropical Gondwana
  37. Xenokeryx amidalae, from the article Systematics and Evolution of the Miocene Three-Horned Palaeomerycid Ruminants (Mammalia, Cetartiodactyla)
  38. Yelmochelys rosarioae, from the article Yelmochelys rasarioae gen. et sp. nov., a stem kinosternid (Testudines; Kinosternidae) from the Late Cretaceous of Coahuila, Mexico

Thank you again to everyone that participated in the Top 10 Contest, and we’ll see you at SVP! Stop by our booth, and attend our social!

Published by Sarah Z. Gibson

Dr. Sarah Z. Gibson is a paleontologist and science communicator based in Minnesota. Her research focuses on the evolutionary history of ray-finned fishes from the Early Mesozoic. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6784-3980

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