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The world’s best Tenontosaurus skull

As stinkin’ ornithischians go, Tenontosaurus is near and dear to my heart. For some reason beyond the ken of mortals, the Antlers Formation of southeast Oklahoma has yielded only a small handful of Acrocanthosaurus (Stovall and Langston 1950; Currie and Carpenter 2000), one partial Deinonychus skeleton and a few dozen shed teeth (Brinkman et al. […]

Diplodocid sacra of the AMNH (and indeed the Carnegie Museum)

Back in 2012, when Matt and I were at the American Museum of Natural History to work on “Apatosaurus” minimus, we also photographed some other sacra for comparative purposes. One of them you’ve already seen — that of the Camarasaurus supremus holotype AMNH 5761. Here is another: (Click through for glorious 3983 x 4488 resolution.) This is AMNH […]

The 5 stages of PeerJ

I have watched several people go through this sequence. DENIAL. PeerJ? What even is this thing? I’ll send my work to real journal, thanks. THAWING. Huh, so-and-so published in PeerJ, it must not be that bad. GRUDGING SUBMISSION. Oh, okay, I’ll send them this one thing. I still have reservations but I want this out […]

Is Xenoposeidon a rebbachisaur?

Now that the new Wilson and Allain (2015) paper has redescribed Rebbachisaurus, we can use it to start thinking about some other specimens. Particularly helpful is this beautiful rotating animation of the best dorsal vertebra (here captured at the point of the rotation where we’ve viewing it in right anterolateral): As I briefly discussed on Twitter, seeing this made […]

Early Cretaceous titanosauriform cervical UMNH 21054, or, “Hello again, beautiful”

Here at SV-POW! Towers, we’re keenly aware that some of our fans are just here for the hardcore sauropod vertebra action. These folks start to shift in their seats when we put up too many posts in a row on open access or rabbits or…okay, mostly just OA and bunnies. If that’s you – or, […]

How can next REF more strongly emphasise the unimportance of Impact Factor?

I spent much of yesterday morning at the launch meeting of HEFCE’s new report on the use of metrics, The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management. (Actually, thanks to the combination of a tube strike and a train strike, I spent most of the day […]

Rebbachisaurus gets a proper description

This just in: Wilson and Allain’s (2015) redescription of Rebbachisaurus garasbae, the type and only true species of Rebbachisaurus! Here we see the much-admire’d dorsal vertebra that’s been on display for some time in the French National History Museum, and which we’ve seen here previously: (It’s a shame that photo didn’t make it into the […]

Natural History Museum of Utah: wall of ceratopsians

Now that, faithful readers, is a monument to evolution and its endless forms most beautiful. I’m talking about the wall of ceratopsian skulls at NHMU, of course, not the back of Brian Engh’s head (bottom center). If you don’t know them all on sight (yet!), here’s a cheat sheet. I goofed on a couple myself: […]

More thoughts on the Joni Mitchell conference

I wanted to get my initial report on the Joni Mitchell conference out quickly. But since posting it, more thoughts have bubbled up through my mind. I’m thinking here mostly about how a humanities conference varies from a science one. Now of course this is only anecdote, nothing like a scientific survey: my sample size is […]

My adventure in the world of Humanities

I got back this lunchtime from something a bit different in my academic career. I attended Court and Spark: an International Symposium on Joni Mitchell, hosted by the university of Lincoln and organised by Ruth Charnock. I went mostly because I love Joni Mitchell’s music. But also partly because, as a scientist, I have a necessarily skewed […]

Natural History Museum of Utah: Barosaurus

Brian Engh (bottom left, enthusing about the Ceratosaurus just off-screen) and I are recently returned to civilization after a stint of fieldwork in Utah. On the way home, we made a detour to Salt Lake to visit the new Natural History Museum of Utah. The NHMU is one of the nicest museums I’ve ever had […]

Introducing The One Repo

You know what’s wrong with scholarly publishing? Wait, scrub that question. We’ll be here all day. Let me jump straight to the chase and tell you the specific problem with scholarly publishing that I’m thinking of. There’s nowhere to go to find all open-access papers, to download their metadata, to access it via an open […]

Arrogance, elitism, paternalism

I just read this on The Scholarly Kitchen and nearly fell out of my seat: In an era with more access given to less qualified people (laypeople and an increasingly unqualified blogging corps presenting themselves as experts or journalists), not to mention to text-miners and others scouring the literature for connections, the obligation to better manage […]

Brontosaurus cervical 8 … it just gets weirder

A while back, we noted that seriously, Apatosaurus is just nuts, as proven by the illustrations in Ostrom and McIntosh (1966: plate 12). Now I’m posting those illustrations again, in a modified form, to make the same point. Here ya go: Here’s what’s changed since last time: “Apatosaurus” excelsus is Brontosaurus again! I cleaned up the scans of […]

Vertebrates and invertebrates of Nova Scotia

Last week I went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the twice-yearly meet-up with my Index Data colleagues. On the last day, four of us took a day-trip out to Peggy’s Cove to eat lunch at Ryer Lobsters. We stopped off at the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse on the way, and spotted a vertebrate, which I am […]

New information on the integumentary ornamentation of Aquilops americanus (that I have on my shoulder)

My 40th birthday present from Vicki. I commissioned the art from Brian Engh. I bow to no one in my love for his original Aquilops head reconstruction: BUT it’s waaay to detailed for a tattoo unless I wanted a full back piece. I sent Brian this sketch to convey what I wanted – to emphasize […]

The longest cell in Andy Farke

The longest cell in Andy Farke is one of the primary afferent (sensory) neurons responsible for sensing vibration or fine touch, which runs from the tip of his big toe to his brainstem. (NB: I have not actually dissected Andy to confirm this, or performed any viral neuron tracing on him, this is assumed based […]

Will we ever find the biggest dinosaur?

I was contacted recently by David Goldenberg, a journalist who’s putting together a piece on the biggest dinosaurs. He asked me a few questions, and since I’d taken the time to write answers I thought I may as well post them here. 1) Do you think that we will ever know what the largest dinosaur […]

How much does “typesetting” cost?

We as a community often ask ourselves how much it should cost to publish an open-access paper. (We know how much it does cost, roughly: typically $3000 with a legacy publisher, or an average of $900 with a born-open publisher, or nothing at all for many journals.) We know that peer-review is essentially free to publishers, […]

“A profound and possibly psychotic break with reality”

Re-reading an email that Matt sent me back in January, I see this: One quick point about [an interesting sauropod specimen]. I can envision writing that up as a short descriptive paper, basically to say, “Hey, look at this weird thing we found! Morrison sauropod diversity is still underestimated!” But I honestly doubt that we’ll […]

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