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”

Snakes in a Burrow: Fossil Rattles Origin of Snakes

Last week, paleontologists published a study in the journal Science Advances revealing a possible habitat origin for modern snakes. This study was based on an exciting morphological discovery in a fossil snake that could help scientists understand why snakes developed limbless bodies and distinct sensory systems. The habitat of ancestral snakes has been debated betweenContinue reading “Snakes in a Burrow: Fossil Rattles Origin of Snakes”