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PLoS ONE Blog Pick of the Month….

…for October can be found here.

A new Longneck discovered

Today PLoS ONE published a paper describing a very cool new fossil of a sauropod from Niger – an exquisitely preserved, almost complete skeleton. Of course, you can read it for free at: A New Basal Sauropod Dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of Niger and the Early Evolution of Sauropoda: Background The early evolution of…

Now THIS is Open Science!!!

Dinosaur fossils have been dug out for a couple of centuries now. They have been cleaned up and mounted in museums and described in papers and monographs. The way this is all done has evolved over time – the early techniques were pretty crude compared to what palaeontologists do today. One of the important techniques…

Now this is bloggy scholarship!

Zombies of the mammoth steppes. Read it now. Can you find something as riveting, yet scholarly and trustworthy, in your newspaper today?

DARWIN LECTURE SERIES CONTINUES! How did we come to be here? Answers to this question have preoccupied humans for millennia. Scientists have sought clues in the genes of living things, in the physical environments of Earth – from mountaintops to the depths of the ocean, in the chemistry of this world and those nearby, in…

Scientific facts are fun. But probably to a limited number of people. It’s more fun to know how scientists got those facts – their thoughts, motivations and methods. How they did it. Why they did it. Where did they get the idea to do it in the first place. It’s even more fun, for a…

Behold the Mammoth

As you may remember, a beautiful mammoth fossil was discovered in Serbia a couple of months ago. I promised I’d try to go and see it myself on my recent trip to Belgrade. And I did get to see it. But the story is more fun than just that…. First, I tried to get in…

As I was traveling, I only briefly mentioned the brand new and exciting paleontology paper in PLoS ONE – New Mid-Cretaceous (Latest Albian) Dinosaurs from Winton, Queensland, Australia that was published on Thursday. Bex has written an introduction and will post a Media/Blog coverage (of which there was a lot!) summary probably tomorrow. The fossils…

Banjo, Clancy and Matilda

I am running to the Lindau Harbor for the last day’s trip and will be offline for the next 12 or so hours. So I don’t have time for a long post right now about this cool new dinosaur paper we just published in PLoS ONE. So please check it out – see what it…

An almost complete and beautifully preserved fossil of the Southern Mammoth, Mammuthus meridionalis was discovered a couple of weeks ago by a team of archaeologists led by Miomir Korańá from the Archaeological Institute Belgrade and the Director of the Archaeological park Viminacium in Eastern Serbia. The fossil, pretty much articulated and all in one place,…