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”

Veggievore Fish of the Triassic

Fish have a bit of a boring reputation among many vertebrate paleontologists–too many bones, too hard to identify, not as charismatic as dinosaurs, etc., etc. But, this is entirely undeserved (and I say that as a dinosaur paleontologist, too)! The ins and outs of fish evolution are truly fascinating, bolstered by a phenomenal fossil record.Continue reading “Veggievore Fish of the Triassic”

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”

A Day in the Life of an Ammonite

Several years ago, back when I was working as the lab and collections manager for the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site in St. George, Utah, we constructed a temporary exhibit with hundreds of ammonite shells from all over the world. One of our museum volunteers, an older French lady volunteering as a museum greeter andContinue reading “A Day in the Life of an Ammonite”

Eocene Fishes from Libya: Completing a Picture of the Past

One of the largest, and sometimes overlooked, fossil record belongs to fishes, spanning hundreds of millions of years since their origin in the mid-Paleozoic. Such an immense fossil record has given ichthyologists an advantage in developing comprehensive hypotheses of evolutionary relationships of fishes both living and extinct. But even with such a expansive fossil record,Continue reading “Eocene Fishes from Libya: Completing a Picture of the Past”

Happy Fins: Plesiosaurs Flapped like Penguins

One of the most infuriating things about being a paleontologist is being able to study some of the coolest organisms that have ever inhabited the Earth, yet never being able to see one in life. We’ll never know with complete surety what color they were, what they sounded like, and how they moved. Thankfully, newContinue reading “Happy Fins: Plesiosaurs Flapped like Penguins”

Lungfishes Are Not Airheads!

It’s November, a month to ruminate on all of the things we are thankful for while we ruminate copious amounts of food (at least in the United States). I’ve been contemplating all of the things that I am thankful for, besides the usual suspects (you know, friends, family, a pretty cool research project, and, ofContinue reading “Lungfishes Are Not Airheads!”