In March alone, PLoS ONE has published some amazing new articles in the field of paleontology, including a new taxon from the Burgess Shale and a recently discovered basal sauropodomorph dinosaur. With all the attention being given to these important findings, we thought that it would also be interesting to highlight some of the other significant articles from our archive of published papers (all of which can be found in our Paleontology Collection). Therefore, our Paleontology Section Editor, Andrew Farke, selected the following 10 articles, which represent the range of paleontology research appearing in PLoS ONE.
Paleontologists are drawn to PLoS ONE as a venue for their work as we have no page limits (some of these articles are more than 50 pages in length); we allow unlimited quantities of color images and supplementary materials; and everything we publish is free to read and re-use, hence maximizing the dissemination of their work to the broadest possible audience.
Australia’s Oldest Marsupial Fossils and their Biogeographical Implications by Robin M. D. Beck et al. (Editor: John Hawks, University of Wisconsin, United States of America)
New Protocetid Whale from the Middle Eocene of Pakistan: Birth on Land, Precocial Development, and Sexual Dimorphism by Philip D. Gingerich et al. (Editor: Paul Sereno, University of Chicago, United States of America)
Respiratory Evolution Facilitated the Origin of Pterosaur Flight and Aerial Gigantism by Leon P. A. M. Claessens et al. (Editor: Paul Sereno, University of Chicago, United States of America)
Dinosaurian Soft Tissues Interpreted as Bacterial Biofilms by Thomas G. Kaye et al. (Editor: Anna Stepanova, Paleontological Institute, Russian Federation)
Effects of Global Warming on Ancient Mammalian Communities and Their Environments by Larisa R. G. DeSantis et al. (Editor: Jon Moen, Umea University, Sweden)
New Mid-Cretaceous (Latest Albian) Dinosaurs from Winton, Queensland, Australia by Scott A. Hocknull et al. (Editor: Paul Sereno, University of Chicago, United States of America)
Cranial Anatomy of the Earliest Marsupials and the Origin of Opossums by Inés Horovitz et al. (Editor: Robert DeSalle, American Museum of Natural History, United States of America)
Evidence for Avian Intrathoracic Air Sacs in a New Predatory Dinosaur from Argentina by Paul C. Sereno et al. (Editor: Tom Kemp, University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Bird-Like Anatomy, Posture, and Behavior Revealed by an Early Jurassic Theropod Dinosaur Resting Trace by Andrew R. C. Milner et al. (Editor: Henry Harpending, University of Utah, United States of America)
Feel free to share these paleontology research articles with colleagues and let them know that we welcome more submissions in this area!