Alamosaurus: how this massive titan’s neck is impacting relationships of titanosaurs | PLOS Paleo Community

This is a blog post I originally wrote for the PLOS Paleontology Community blog, and am archiving it here on my personal website. You can find the original post here. Remember the Alamo? Well, it’s easy to forget when you are staring at this massive dinosaur. It makes that Tyrannosaurus look like a puppy in comparison.Continue reading “Alamosaurus: how this massive titan’s neck is impacting relationships of titanosaurs | PLOS Paleo Community”

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.

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”

What a pain in the…arms! A record-breaking number of injuries in a theropod dinosaur

Ouch! That word came to mind a lot while reading a new paper published today in PLOS ONE. In the new paper, authors Phil Senter from Fayetteville State University and Sara Juengst from Appalachian State University, both located in North Carolina, describe the many injuries inflicted upon one poor Dilophosaurus wetherilli. And to be honest,Continue reading “What a pain in the…arms! A record-breaking number of injuries in a theropod dinosaur”