Weekly stuff roundup: 6th 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

  • Smith et al: The Only Known Jawed Vertebrate with Four Eyes and the Bauplan of the Pineal Complex.
  • Boyd and Lomax: The youngest occurrence of ichthyosaur embryos in the UK: A new specimen from the Early Jurassic (Toarcian) of Yorkshire. (blog post)
  • Frederick and Gallup Jr: The demise of dinosaurs and learned taste aversions: The biotic revenge hypothesis. “Here we advance the hypothesis along with supporting evidence that the emergence of toxic plants coupled with an inability to form learned taste aversions may have contributed to the extinction of dinosaurs.”
  • Matzke and Irmis: Including autapomorphies is important for paleontological tip-dating with clocklike data, but not with non-clock data.
  • What a fossil revolution reveals about the history of “big data” – David Sepkoski.

Open Science news

  • French Universities Cancel Subscriptions to Springer Journals. Negotiations between the publisher and a national consortium of academic institutions have reached a stalemate – The Scientist.
Poor Springer Nature..

Jon stuff

Other stuff

  • Ego is the Enemy, especially for Academics – Madhukar Pai. “The battle against ego must be fought on many fronts, and daily. All of us need to work towards a place where, to paraphrase Holiday, we think less of ourselves, and be less invested in the story we like to tell about our own specialness. As a result, Holiday says, we will be liberated to accomplish the world-changing work we set out to achieve (as academics).

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