PLOS Paleo Top 10 OA Fossil Vertebrates #1: Gualicho shinyae

We’ve made it! Coming in at #1 is an absolutely amazing dinosaur published this summer in PLOS ONE. Congratulations to Gualicho shinyae, the didactyl theropod from Argentina, and named in honor of Akiko Shinya, fossil preparator at The Field Museum. The study, led by authors Sebastián Apesteguía (Universidad Maimónides in Argentina), Nathan D. Smith (the Dinosaur Institute at theContinue reading “PLOS Paleo Top 10 OA Fossil Vertebrates #1: Gualicho shinyae”

PLOS Paleo Top 10 OA Fossil Vertebrates #8: Sarmientosaurus musacchioi

The next winner, coming in at #8, in our PLOS Paleontology Top 10 Open Access Fossil Vertebrates contest, is Sarmientosaurus musacchioi, which was published in April of this year in PLOS ONE. Sarmientosaurus is no humble creature; rather it belongs to one of the most massive groups of organisms to ever inhabit this planet: the titanosaurs. But beyond its grandeurContinue reading “PLOS Paleo Top 10 OA Fossil Vertebrates #8: Sarmientosaurus musacchioi”

PLOS Paleo Top 10 OA Fossil Vertebrates #9: Spiclypeus shipporum

Next up on the list of Top 10 Open Access Fossil Vertebrates, as voted by the paleontology community, is Spiclypeus shipporum, a new chasmosaurine ceratopsian dinosaur that was described earlier this year and published in PLOS ONE. The holotype specimen, nicknamed “Judith” after the Judith River Formation from which it was discovered, is about 76 million years old. ItContinue reading “PLOS Paleo Top 10 OA Fossil Vertebrates #9: Spiclypeus shipporum”

PLOS Paleo Top 10 OA Fossil Vertebrates #10: Microleo attenboroughi

As we approach the end of 2016, PLOS Paleo wants to recognize the winners of our recent Top 10 Open Access Fossil Vertebrates contest that were announced at the recent Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Salt Lake City. So for the next month, we will highlight the winners from #10 to #1. In some cases, if we haveContinue reading “PLOS Paleo Top 10 OA Fossil Vertebrates #10: Microleo attenboroughi”

Top Ten Vertebrate Paleontology Finds of 2016 | PLOS

Last night at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, brought many of us together to celebrate open access in our field, and PLOS in particular. A special highlight: the announcement of the Top 10 Open Access Vertebrate Fossils of 2016, as decided by a community vote. There is some great varietyContinue reading “Top Ten Vertebrate Paleontology Finds of 2016 | PLOS”

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 PLOSContinue reading “PLOS Paleo at SVP: Winners of our Top 10 Contest to be Announced at Social”