Palaeontology and Open Science roundup: September, 2018

Welcome to your usual roundup of interesting stuff that happened in the last month from the worlds of Open Science and Palaeontology! Enjoy, and let me know if I’ve missed anything out. Previous time.

Palaeontology News

  • Lomax: A forefin of Leptonectes solei from the Lower Jurassic (Pliensbachian) of Dorset, UK.
  • Deline et al: Evolution of metazoan morphological disparity.
  • Linzmeier: Refining the interpretation of oxygen isotope variability in free-swimming organisms.
  • Martinelli et al: The first Caipirasuchus (Mesoeucrocodylia, Notosuchia) from the Late Cretaceous of Minas Gerais, Brazil: new insights on sphagesaurid anatomy and taxonomy.
  • Valentin Fischer uploaded a TONNE of new articles to paleorXiv too, for all ichthyosaur fans!
  • Zhang et al: A new sauropodiform dinosaur with a ‘sauropodan’ skull from the Lower Jurassic Lufeng Formation of Yunnan Province, China.
Status of preservation of Yizhousaurus sunae gen. et sp. nov. (Zhang et al., 2018)
  • Nawrot et al: Stratigraphic signatures of mass extinctions: ecological and sedimentary determinants.
  • Adams et al: A large neosuchian crocodyliform from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) Woodbine Formation of North Texas.
    • NOTE that this makes 100 articles now shared on paleorXiv! 

Open Science News


Stuff I’ve done

  • Gave a keynote talk in Zadar, Croatia, on how open science is just good science. Slides available here.
  • Co-authored piece in the LSE Impact Blog with Tom Olijhoek: The “problem” of predatory publishing remains a relatively small one and should not be allowed to defame open access.
  • Delivered a keynote talk in Sao Paulo about the global road to Open Science!

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