Not the roller coaster that March was, but April's been another nifty month in matters paleontological, and that's no foolin'!
In the News
Edmontosaurus lovers, heads up. The cranium of E. regalis is the subject of a new paper in PLoS One. Brian Switek has been writing a cool series called "The Dead Zoo" for Omni, and he profiled the mighty duckbill, taking into account all of this new information we've been getting about it over the last decade.
A new paper describes the earliest, basalmost phytosaur of all: Diandongosuchus fuyuaensis.
If early, early archosaurs are your thing - and why wouldn't they be, after all - you're in luck. The description of Teleocrater rhadinus in Nature fills in some gaps down at the base of the tree. Hear Liz Martin-Silverstone talk about it on Palaeocast.
Around the Dinoblogosphere
I wasn't able to attend Paleofest as I'd hoped, but David Prus is here with a write-up of his visit to the annual prehistoric bonanza in Rockford, IL.
At Earth Archives, Vasika Udurawane has begun a series on the evolution of plants. Start here.
Matt Martyniuk is back with another "You're Doing it Wrong" post. This time he covers the bill of Pteranodon.
At Pseudoplocephalus, Victoria pays a visit to a biomechanics exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre.
Zach writes about the snouty thallatosaurs at Waxing Paleontological. "The more I read about the Triassic," he writes, "the weirder it gets."
As Saurian gets closer to its pre-release, the team have released a new devlog teasing the field guide book.
Herman's back with a book review attack, upping one that rocks, dissing one that lacks. Hit it!
Check out the sweet paleo-themed dinner plate Paul Pursglove found.
The LITC AV Club
The Royal Tyrrell Museum's speaker series continues, with a presentation on the halisaurine mosasaurs by Dr. Takuya Konishi of the University of Cincinnati.
Brian Engh revisits Aquilops in his newest paleoart video.
Following up her portrait series on the diversity of the paleontology community, Thea Boodhoo is working on organizing a workshop on diversity at this August's SVP meeting in Calgary. They need funds to make the workshop a great experience for all attendees. Head to GoFundMe to help out.
After her successful set of prehistoric enamel pins funded a couple months ago, Jessy Smith is back with a set of Mesozic megafauna. Pledge at Kickstarter.
A Moment of Paleoart Zen
I love this Rodrigo Vega illustration of a gnarly-looking Yacarerani boliviensis, a notosuchian from the Late Cretaceous.