Track Makers in Southern Utah: The St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site | PLOS Paleo Community

Southern Utah boasts one of the best dinosaur tracksites in North America. Here’s why you should visit it.

Pregnant Plesiosaurs and Baby Bones: Bone histology reveals ontogeny in polycotylid plesiosaurs — PLOS Paleo Community

Pregnancy in the fossil record is an exciting find. Setting aside the sad fact that an unfortunate mother met her demise while carrying a baby, these one in a million specimens provides some key insight into the behavior and lifestyle of organisms unlike any living today. One such specimen is on display at the Natural HistoryContinue reading “Pregnant Plesiosaurs and Baby Bones: Bone histology reveals ontogeny in polycotylid plesiosaurs — PLOS Paleo Community”

Stepping Out: New Ornithomimosaur from Arkansas Described | PLOS Paleo Community

This is a blog post I recently wrote for the PLOS Paleontology Community Blog. I am archiving it on my personal website. You can access the original article here. Last week, a new species of dinosaur was described in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The dinosaur, Arkansaurus fridayi, is an ornithomimosaur the Early Cretaceous ofContinue reading “Stepping Out: New Ornithomimosaur from Arkansas Described | PLOS Paleo Community”

Shell Shock! Can morphometrics distinguish fossil turtle species? | PLOS Paleo Community

This is an article I wrote for the PLOS Paleontology Community blog on March 8, 2018. I am archiving it here on my personal website. View the original post here. A big component of paleontological work revolves around identifying morphological characters that diagnose distinct species in the fossil record. But therein lies an unavoidable problem: whereContinue reading “Shell Shock! Can morphometrics distinguish fossil turtle species? | PLOS Paleo Community”

Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017: Eekaulostomus cuevasae | PLOS Paleo Community

This is an article I wrote for the PLOS Paleontology Community blog, and am archiving it here. The original post was published on December 28, 2017, and can be accessed here. With the end of the year comes the end to our countdown of the winners of the Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa ofContinue reading “Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017: Eekaulostomus cuevasae | PLOS Paleo Community”

Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017: Websteroprion armstrongi | PLOS Paleo Community

This is an article I wrote for the PLOS Paleontology Community blog, and am archiving it here. I was originally published on December 5, 2017. You can see the original post here. We listened to your feedback from last year’s Top 10 OA Fossil Vertebrates contest, and we agreed. Non-vertebrates needed representation, too! So of the 45 nominees we includedContinue reading “Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017: Websteroprion armstrongi | PLOS Paleo Community”

Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017: Babelichthys olneyi | PLOS Paleo Community

This unique fish represents the first of its kind in the fossil record, and is named after an infamous sci-fi polyglot!