Weekly news roundup: 20th April, 2018

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.

Palaeontology news

  • Witts et al: The impact of the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) mass extinction event on the global sulfur cycle: Evidence from Seymour Island, Antarctica.
  • Witts et al: Evolution and extinction of Maastrichtian (Late Cretaceous) cephalopods from the López de Bertodano Formation, Seymour Island, Antarctica.
  • Souza and Campos: New Crocodyliform specimens from Recôncavo-Tucano Basin (Early Cretaceous) of Bahia, Brazil.
  • Bernardi et al: Dinosaur diversification linked with the Carnian Pluvial Episode.
  • Zhang et al: Multiple episodes of extensive marine anoxia linked to global warming and continental weathering following the latest Permian mass extinction.
  • Zhang et al: Fossil scales illuminate the early evolution of lepidopterans and structural colors.
Zhang et al.
  • Tsai and Fordyce: A new archaic baleen whale Toipahautea waitaki (early Late Oligocene, New Zealand) and the origins of crown Mysticeti.
  •  Salishicetus meadi, a new aetiocetid from the late Oligocene of Washington State and implications for feeding transitions in early mysticete evolution.
  • Bianucci et al: A new large squalodelphinid (Cetacea, Odontoceti) from Peru sheds light on the Early Miocene platanistoid disparity and ecology.
  • Gentry et al: A new species of Peritresius Leidy, 1856 (Testudines: Pan-Cheloniidae) from the Late Cretaceous (Campanian) of Alabama, USA, and the occurrence of the genus within the Mississippi Embayment of North America.

Open Science News


Jon stuff

  • Knowledge Exchange report covers a talk I delivered for them in Paris: “Jon believes that the term Open Science and the ‘movement’ it implies can be off-putting. The debates about brands of Open are seen as boring and irrelevant to researchers, despite them often being the target audience. If Open is inclusive why do a lot of researchers not know or recognise the terms even if they may be doing it? His thesis is that all good scholarship should be open – it should be an essential part of accepted standards of research integrity, not
    part of the avant-garde.
  • Happy to announce that the first strategic partner for the Open Science MOOC is the excellent Open Knowledge Maps, founded by Peter Kraker.

Other stuff

  • Gómez-Hoyos et al: Multinomial-Poisson mixture models reveal unexpected higher density estimates of an Andean threatened bird.
  • Liu et al: Payments by US pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to US medical journal editors: retrospective observational study. “Industry payments to journal editors are common and often large, particularly for certain subspecialties. Journals should consider the potential impact of such payments on public trust in published research.

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