Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017: Eekaulostomus cuevasae | PLOS Paleo Community

This is an article I wrote for the PLOS Paleontology Community blog, and am archiving it here. The original post was published on December 28, 2017, and can be accessed here. With the end of the year comes the end to our countdown of the winners of the Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa ofContinue reading “Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017: Eekaulostomus cuevasae | PLOS Paleo Community”

Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017: Babelichthys olneyi | PLOS Paleo Community

This unique fish represents the first of its kind in the fossil record, and is named after an infamous sci-fi polyglot!

Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017

The big moment is finally here! With 669 votes cast from around the world, we have our Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017. Our honorees were chosen from a field of 45 discoveries announced between December 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017, including everything from extinct mushrooms to ferocious dinosaurs. We were thrilled to see our TopContinue reading “Top 10 Open Access Fossil Taxa of 2017”

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 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”