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”

Is a saber-tooth cat’s roar worse than its bite?

Maybe….if it’s cold outside. When the climate changes, organisms change with it. Environmental stresses can impact an organism by limiting ideal living conditions and/or decreasing prey, or can even cause favorable conditions that allow a population to flourish. These changes can be observed over time, whether it is a decrease/increase in numbers in a population,Continue reading “Is a saber-tooth cat’s roar worse than its bite?”

Size Does Matter: Using the size of fossil marine mammals to estimate primary productivity in ancient oceans

As if we need another reason to justify paleontology as an important field of science, here’s a good one: information regarding the history of this planet and its ecosystems is crucial in order to understand the health of our planet today, particularly with regard to sensitive but important topics like climate change. Oceans play a large roleContinue reading “Size Does Matter: Using the size of fossil marine mammals to estimate primary productivity in ancient oceans”