Museum Collection Visit Bingo

0000-0002-8715-2896 Museum collections are a core resource of paleontology, far beyond their role in providing fossils for exhibits. Collections, with their fossils and associated records, house primary data for our research, and thus pretty much

Can the Laws of Robotics be Adapted for Paleontology?

0000-0002-8715-2896 The Laws of Robotics, created by writer Isaac Asimov, are one of the widely-known ethical concepts to spring forth from science fiction. These three guidelines (or four, depending on if you accept the Zeroth Law) set forth

Social Media, Preprints, and a Dinosaur Tooth

0000-0002-8715-2896Map showing the maximum extent of the Western Interior Seaway that split North America during the Late Cretaceous. The location of the new tooth from Mississippi is indicated by a red dot. Researchers have debated

How Did That Make It Through Peer Review?

Image credit: AJC ajcann.wordpress.comThe title’s question is one I’ve heard asked many times over the years. It has been uttered by senior colleagues, grad students, amateurs, and just about everyone else, too. The query is usually raised in

Preprints in Paleontology: Really That Radical?

The topic of preprints for paleontologists has gotten a nice flurry of discussion this week, thanks to a blog post by Liz Martin-Silverstone. Preprints, for those who are not familiar, are non-final and unpublished versions of a manuscript made available … Continue reading »

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Guest blog: A Missed Opportunity for Paleontologists

[From time to time on The Integrative Paleontologists, we will invite guest bloggers to share alternate viewpoints about current topics. Today’s guest post is by Matthew Brown, who previously posted about the impact of new regulations on fossil collection from federal lands.] ———– … Continue reading »

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International Museum Day

Today is International Museum Day. Today (and every day) I’m grateful for museums and the people who work in them. Natural history museums (especially The Field Museum in Chicago) were key inspirations that got me on my path to a career in evolutionary … Continue reading »

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Assembling the Aquilops Paper

In my previous post, I introduced Aquilops, a new little dinosaur from ancient Montana, and talked about some of the science behind establishing its identity. Here, I want to step back (or is that look down?) for a little navel-gazing about … Continue reading »

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The Figure Makes the Fossil

As I wrap up revisions on a manuscript, as well as continuing the day to day work in “my” museum collection, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a good figure of a fossil. The thought is driven in …

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Let’s Get Creative With Our Peer Review!

I’ve been around the editorial block a few times now, as a volunteer editor, peer reviewer, and author/co-author. One of the most dreaded steps of the whole process concerns author-recommended peer reviewers. It can be agonizing as an author to …

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