Welcome to your usual weekly roundup of vaguely interesting stuff that happened in the last week! Enjoy, and let me know if I’ve missed anything out. Previous week.
- Moore et al: Cranial anatomy of Bellusaurus sui (Dinosauria: Eusauropoda) from the Middle-Late Jurassic Shishugou Formation of northwest China and a review of sauropod cranial ontogeny.
- Watanabe: How many landmarks are enough to characterize shape and size variation?
- Davesne et al: Exceptional preservation of a Cretaceous intestine provides a glimpse of the early ecological diversity of spiny-rayed fishes (Acanthomorpha, Teleostei).
- Surmik et al: Tuberculosis-like respiratory infection in 245-million-year-old marine reptile suggested by bone pathologies.
- Fleischle et al: Quantitative histological models suggest endothermy in plesiosaurs.
- Bestwick et al: Pterosaur dietary hypotheses: a review of ideas and approaches.
Open Science News
- Preprints growth rate ten times higher than journal articles – Crossref.
- Italian scientists increase self-citations in response to promotion policy – Nature Index.
- Six principles for assessing scientists for hiring, promotion, and tenure – LSE Impact Blog.
- COAR are investigating peer review overlay services.
Stuff I’ve done
- Lots of nice updates to the paleorXiv website.
- Shared two new postprints on paleorXiv too:
- Biotic and environmental dynamics through the Late Jurassic–Early Cretaceous transition: evidence for protracted faunal and ecological turnover.
- An unusual small-bodied crocodyliform from the Middle Jurassic of Scotland, UK, and potential evidence for an early diversification of advanced neosuchians.
- I seem to have been awarded a Shuttleworth Flash Grant too…
- Numerous updates to the Open Science MOOC project. Check it all out here!
- Launched and revamped the new Meta-Paleo website! Have a look, let me know what you think.
- Also migrated the MetaPaleo projects to the Open Science Framework.
- Maintaining my usual professional tone in this interview: “When engaging with open science, the best thing to do is let the other people speak first. Find out what problems they have, and present a solution. Some times, the best approach is not to even mention ‘open’. Find out what the common values are, and use them as leverage. Not being a dick helps too.