Claessens LPAM, O'Connor PM, Unwin DM (2009) Respiratory Evolution Facilitated the Origin of Pterosaur Flight and Aerial Gigantism. PLoS ONE 4(2): e4497. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004497
Martinez RN, Alcober OA (2009) A Basal Sauropodomorph (Dinosauria: Saurischia) from the Ischigualasto Formation (Triassic, Carnian) and the Early Evolution of Sauropodomorpha. PLoS ONE 4(2): e4397. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004397
I don't have time right now to blog these articles (and I really, really need to get that Slicer series finished!), but do have the following thoughts:
- Is this string of papers a fluke, or is PLoS ONE becoming a more accepted, high-profile journal along the line of Science and Nature?
- PLoS ONE offers the opportunity to post comments about the article (ostensibly for "post publication peer review"). Yet, this feature really hasn't been utilized much for many of the paleontological articles. Is it that the articles are just that good? Or are paleontologists shy about posting their thoughts on this sort of thing, and saving it instead for the peer reviewed literature? Or, are the papers just not worth commenting on? Or, do paleontologists have better things to do with their time?