Thank you for making this a memorable year.
WordPress is kind enough to supply year end stats. Here they are:
Most popular post this year: “Eosinopteryx Feathers, but no Flapping.”
These are the posts that got the most views in 2013.
- 1 The Origin and Evolution of Bats
- 2 The Origin of Archaeopteryx – Illustrated
- 3 Welcome to The Pterosaur Heresies
- 4 Seven problems with the pterosaur wing launch hypothesis
- 5 The Myth of the Bat Wing Pterosaur
Visitors from 162 countries. Most came from The United States. Germany & The United Kingdom were not far behind.
Not sure what makes a particular post popular. Heck, it could be the weather. But if there’s anything you want me to write about, please, let me know.
There are times when I’m stacked up with two weeks of posts ready to upload. Now is not one of those times as I’m busy working on a paper or two. And, of course, the incoming news stream seems to be drying up as of late.
I’m encouraged by the increasing use of traced photographs in academic publications. This ensures 1:1 accuracy. Color overlays help readers see the extent of bones much better than unordered areas identified by arrows. I’m still hopeful that paleontologists will expand the gamut of their inclusion sets. Maybe we’ll start seeing that in 2014.
I’m often plagued by the thought that I’m about to run out of topics. As I near 1000 blog posts, that reality is no doubt coming closer. Inspiration drives this blog, but it’s a fickle emotion, here today, gone tomorrow.
Some highlights from 2013 include:
- A perfect pterosaur (in 4 parts)
- Longisquama Pectoral Girdle and Sternal Complex Documented
- The flathead anurognathid skull, bone by bone
- Meet the mother of all dinosaurs
- A new look for Arizonasaurus and a new nesting
- Cosesaurus running and flapping animation
- Hovering pterosaurs
- Restoring Sacisaurus
- Nesting Eoraptor in the large reptile tree
- Anurognathus had a longer neck
- An Embryo Anurognathus
- Phylogenetic Fusion Patterns in Pterosaurs
- Soft Tissue in Cosesaurus
- Big Germanodactylus in the Late Cretaceous of Kansas
- Odontochelys: not a turtle
- Lagosuchus and Marasuchus
- Nicknamed, “Rhamphodactylus”
- Tiny pterosaurs – breaking the short rostrum false paradigm
- Kyrgyzsaurus restored
- Origin of the lepidosauromorph temporal fenestrae
- Origin of the archosauromorph temporal fenestrae
- The myth of the pterosaur tibiotarsus – the last chapter in the “scathing” series of reviews of Witton’s Pterosaur book.
- Extremely rare juvenile pterosaurs
- Baby Dimetrodon
- The origin of the long crest in Pteranodon
- Arizonasaurus as a biped
- Origin of Dinosaurs Updated
- Recontructing the hand of Scleromochlus
- Revisiting Tetraceratops
- Flightless pterosaur in the SVP abstracts
- Drepanosaurus pectoral girdle
- Stenocybus – still not a juvenile Sinophoneus
- Cutleria – a single basal therapsid
- Our Face, from Fish to Man
- Pterosaurs were unlikely floaters
- Odontochelys revisited
- Stephanospondylus had a proto-carapace!
- The prepollex and pteroid
It’s been a great year. Thank you for your comments, especially those that improve the data that builds this blog.