The importance of 3D for tracks -or- how big is your footprint really!

I should probably have made this post sooner, as it’s about my chapter in the Great Dinosaur Track Book Of 2016: “Dinosaur Tracks: The Next Steps”. It’s a volume I was privileged enough to be an editor for, and it … Continue reading The importance of 3D for tracks -or- how big is your footprint really!

Stop being so picky, Goldilocks

[This post is about a new paper available freely here] In 2012* with colleagues at Manchester we published a paper entitled ‘The ‘Goldilocks’ effect : preservation bias in vertebrate track assemblages.’ If I were to give you a simple one-liner for the paper, it would completely undermine the effort went into the paper…   that if sediment is too soft, you sink and can’t walk over it, and if sediment is too hard, you won’t leave footprints. This necessary ‘just right’ characteristic was what lead my co-author Lee Margetts, who was also one of my PhD supervisors, to coin the term … Continue reading Stop being so picky, Goldilocks

Uploading tracks Part 2: Dinosaur tracks now available

Well, when I say ‘tracks’, I really mean ‘track.’ I’ve uploaded the Tyrannosaurid track that was described by Manning, Ott, and Falkingham in 2008. This model has actually been available for a while on ResearchGate, but now it’s getting uploaded and assigned a DOI. Now’s as good a time as any to upload this given the recent interesting paper available in PLOS recently by McCrae and colleagues on Tyrannosaurid gregariousness. More dinosaur and other fossil tracks will follow in due course.   Continue reading Uploading tracks Part 2: Dinosaur tracks now available