…including the Atterholt and Wedel (2018) talk on paramedullary diverticula in birds

September 4, 2019

As Mike noted in the last post, many (all?) of the talks from SVPCA 2018 are up on YouTube. Apparently this has been the case for a long time, maybe most of the past year, and I just didn’t know. But I’m glad I do now, because I can encourage you to take 14 minutes and watch Jessie Atterholt’s talk on air spaces inside the neural canal in birds and other archosaurs:

This will not only be interesting in itself — assuming you are interested in pneumaticity, animals, or just how weird the natural world can be at times — but it will be good homework for the Atterholt and Wedel talk at this year’s SVPCA. That talk, also to be delivered by Jessie, will be on a different weird thing about archosaur neural canals, and one that neither of us have yapped about yet on social media.

Here’s the full rundown of talks by SV-POW!sketeers and affiliates at this year’s SVPCA:

Thursday, September 12

  • 11:00-11:20 – Vicki Wedel, “Validating the use of Dental Cementum Increment Analysis to determine season-at-death in humans and other mammals”
  • 11:20-11:40 – Matt Wedel, “How to make new discoveries in (human) anatomy”

Friday, September 13

  • 10:10-10:30 – Mike Taylor and Matt Wedel, “The past, present and future of Jensen’s Big Three sauropods”
  • 15:00-15:20 – Jessie Atterholt and Matt Wedel, “Neural canal ridges: a novel osteological correlate of post-cranial neurology in dinosaurs”

Presumably most or all of these will become PeerJ Preprints in time, just like Mike’s and my presentations from SVPCA 2017 (link, link) and Jessie’s presentation last year (link). I haven’t heard anything yet about livestreaming or recording of the talks this year — fingers firmly crossed.

Anyway, we look forward to seeing at least some of you at SVPCA or at other points on our trip to England, and to having more stuff to talk about here in the near future. Stay tuned!

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5 Responses to “…including the Atterholt and Wedel (2018) talk on paramedullary diverticula in birds”

  1. Mike Taylor Says:

    “Presumably most or all of these will become PeerJ Preprints in time.”

    … or will they? Sadly, they almost certainly will not: see https://peerj.com/blog/post/115284881747/peerj-preprints-to-stop-accepting-new-preprints-sep-30-2019/

    I guess it’s time to move across to BiorXiv, or just possibly PaleorXiv. I’m sorry about that: I liked PeerJ’s tight integration between preprints and formal submissions.

  2. Nicholas Gardner Says:

    I guess one could watch the video and contrast the posts, but how much of what’s been blogged about here is encapsulated in the Taylor and Wedel talk on giant sauropods?

  3. Mike Taylor Says:

    What Taylor and Wedel talk on giant sauropods? We had no talk at SVPCA 2018 (in fact neither of us was even there).

  4. Nick Gardner Says:

    Sorry, I misunderstood your post earlier to be in relation to the past year’s SVPCA.

  5. Mike Taylor Says:

    Ah, sadly no. But I will be talking about giant sauropods this coming week! (Big surprise, huh?)


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