The Big NewsFossil hunter Wendy Sloboda was honored for her years of work with the description of Wendiceratops pinhornensis. While it's always fun to see a new ceratopsian with some new configuration of headgear published, this is especially interesting because it's the earliest known centrosaurine ceratopsid. Read more: Integrative Paleontologists, Laelaps, Royal Ontario Museum.
The publication of a new Cretaceous snake, Tetrapodophis, was met with a mix of delight, surprise, and facepalms. While snakes experimented with a variety of limb configurations during the cretaceous, Tetrapodophis was the first found that reveals four limbs. They're small, and probably more useful for grasping than locomotion, but they're there. Unfortunately, the provenance and legality of the fossil is questionable. I'm going to go ahead and just suggest reading Dr. Shaena Montanari's article for Forbes Science, which explains both the potential significance of the find as well as a good dissection of the ethical and legal concerns.
Around the DinoblogosphereAt Pseudoplocephalus, Victoria Arbour shares pics from her visit to Dinosaurs Unearthed.
Not Mesozoic and I don't care! Gareth Monger's cute Hallucigenia.
Check out Rebecca Groom's life-size Velociraptor plushie!
Speaking of plushies of the prehistoric orientation, check out the Kickstarter campaign by Jungle Plush. The company says they strive "to make our plushies in a way so that any young dino enthusiast can easily identify and learn about their favorite dinosaur, all while having fun at the same time." And it looks like the campaign has funded! There are a few more days to chip in, however.
What can be said about the spinal cords of extinct animals? Liz Martin's got some ideas.
Fernanda Castano has a post specially crafted for all you lovers of paleontology's history: Owen, Dickens, and the Invention of Dinosaurs.
At The Integrative Paleontologists, Andy Farke interviews Mike Keesey about his terrific website, Phylopic.
Dave Hone is publishing a book about tyrannosaurs!
Speaking of the tyrants, Mark Witton cops to a bit of a bias towards them in his art of late...
At Method Quarterly, Laura Bliss writes a nice triptych of interviews, providing an introduction to paleoart for the uninitiated. Read what Doug Henderson, Mark Witton, and Emily Willoughby have to say.