Something entirely frivolous for the end of the year in a vague attempt to look back over things that are less ‘my research’ centric. Everyone else seems to do their awards before Christmas which is far too far from the end of the year so hopefully this is a bit more timely that the average ‘end of list’….
Most important new archosaur discovery
Much as I’d like to put forward Limusaurus, this probably has to go to Darwinopterus though its run very close by Tianyulong. We really don’t yet have a great idea of the exact implications of this animal for pterosaur phylogeny, but they will I suspect be long lasting and dramatic.
Best newly discovered archosaur specimen
I’m trying to avoid Limusaurus again despite the superb condition of the material, but given the preservation, age and number of specimens I’ll plump for Tawa though of course there are some truly spectacular undescribed things floating around China that will probably feature next year.
Best named new archosaur
Worst named new archosaur
Neither the name nor the specimen are exactly new as such, but this has to go to Giraffatitan. How many names prompt the author to put an apology in the acknowledgements of his paper?
The ‘Similicaudipteryx’ award for lest original archosaur name
I know Xu Xing doesn’t read this, so I’m probably quite safe plumping for Tianyuraptor. It’s a raptor from Tianyu. Great.
Most egregious media error on archosaurs
Best media report
This has to go to Charles Q. Choi who not only read the press release, the paper and the blog post I wrote before contacting me for an interview, he also then dropped into the comments section on the blog and then even turned in a guest post for the Musings. If only more of the media could follow this example and actually get involved in the work.
SVP long time no see award
Goes to Mike Taylor and Matt Wedel whom I had previous spoken too for perhaps only 2 minutes back in 2005 before this year in Bristol. Despite a healthy amount of correspondence and a couple of papers in prep between us, this was the first time we’d met properly.
The ‘about time’ award for slow publication
I could give this to myself several times over (or more accurately certain co-authors and especially journal referees) I’ll give it to those taking part in the PPC. That at least got a few papers submitted which was always the point.
Ridiculous prediction for 2010
Things take time in palaeo so ‘surprises’ are usually well known long before their publication so I’m deliberately conjuring up something that is utterly unrelated to anything I know about already to make a random and unlikely prediction for 2010. How about a fuzzy sauropod? Possible certainly, likely to be found next year, less so.
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