2015 readership stats

Slow news day… 
so here is a summary look back to 2015, and a tentative look forward to 2016.

If you ever wondered…
Pterorsaurheresies.wordpress.com had 130,000 (not unique) visitors in 2015. If I was counted each time I accessed the blog to write or correct it, then you can probably halve that number.  :-)  There were about 300 unique readers a day, rising to 500+ on hot news and controversy.

ReptileEvolution.com had

  1. 58,494 unique visitors
  2. 1.64 visits per visitor (average)
  3. 2.94 pages/visit (average)
  4. 14.03 hits/visit average (1,351,877 hits in total) about the same as in other years.
  5. Click here to add to the 2016 visitor totals at ReptileEvolution.com.

While I appreciate the readership,
for the most part both sites are forums for me to learn about various taxa and report what I find. Sometimes the results align with published work. Sometimes… not so much. The blog and website are my hobby and my pleasure. What other science offers the opportunity to make discoveries from your desktop? Data change, so the digital data change as necessary. You can’t do that in paper media. You have to live with your mistakes…forever!. Plus you can’t animate a pterosaur take-off in paper media.

with my recent venture into theropods, I think most of the reptile topics and clades have been covered by now. Not sure that 2016 could ever be as rich as 2015 was.

Bottom line:
A wide gamut cladogram of the Amniota/Reptilia is still needed in Academia. Now at 628 taxa the large reptile tree (+59 synapsids off to the side) is still fully resolved. Now at 221 taxa the large pterosaur tree is also in pretty good shape, demonstrating gradual accumulations of derived traits for all derived taxa. These studies are still far too large to get published in a paper medium. No one would want to check those 140,000 scores — especially if the results upset someone’s status quo.No one would want to be the referee on such a wide ranging analysis. No one is an expert on all those clades. It remains impossible for me or any one paleontologist to visit every taxon from the present inclusion set in one lifetime.  So, the study remains stuck in online limbo in its present shape — which is probably better than being tucked away on a college library bookshelf. No one has to approve my methods or results. But they can take advantage of the work for their own independent needs.

I still hope,
perhaps in vain, that some of the taxa and clades recovered here will someday inspire someone to at least consider adding a few taxa to their own more focused study beyond whatever traditional taxon list they feel compelled to use. Then I’ll report clade confirmation whenever that happens or rejection if that ever happens.


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