It's been nearly two months since Dave Hone and I initiated the 2010 Paleo Project Challenge. Turn-out has been fantastic, from all echelons of the paleo world - artists, researchers, preparators, casual fans, combinations of these. . .exactly who we wanted!
What is the Paleo Project Challenge, you may ask? All of us have some project that we started, nearly finished, and then forgot about. It's probably sitting on your hard drive, or a shelf somewhere, or in a sketch pad. The only thing that's stopping us from finishing it is the threat of public humiliation.
So, PPCers - you have committed to finish your project by January 1, 2011. You've signed on the dotted line (or submitted a comment). You're held accountable. If you don't finish it, you shall suffer crushing embarrassment on The Interwebz. In a show of solidarity, I have myself put forth two contributions! These, along with everyone else's, are listed below.
With that, it's time for a status check. In the comments below, tell us a little about what you've been up to! If you have a blog, we certainly encourage you to blog the process - just make sure to tell us about it, so we can link back to you! [Dave Hone has posted his impressive update already!]
Participants in the Paleo Project Challenge
Andy the Micropaleontologist - submit foram macroevolution paper; write draft of clade shape paper
Anonymous - find job; paper for Paleobiology; prep alligator fossil
Brian Beatty - paper on meningeal ossification in cetaceans
Robert Boessenecker - finish first draft of master's thesis
Martin Brazeau - finish redescription Ptomacanthus anglicus and include updated matrix
Andrea Cau - describe new theropod remains from north Africa
John Conway - finish Heterodontosaurus painting
DeinonychusDinosaur - restoration of Dryptosaurus
Andy Farke - finish paper for ODP; finish paper on ceratopsian anatomy
Nick Gardner - paper piggybacked with one of Casey's
Casey Holliday - either a new croc species description or paper related to frontoparietal fossae
Dave Hone - the necks paper
Jason - finish descriptions for Katian graptolite systematic paper.
David Maas - Illustrating Mallison's Kentrosaurus
Heinrich Mallison - finish Plateosaurus CAE paper; sauropod rearing paper; sauropodomorph rapid locomotion paper
Jay - finish sauropod description
Jordan Mallon - Anchiceratops manuscript
Anthony Maltese - sharks scavenging on mosasaur paper; Niobrara ammonite paper
Paleochick - Cloverly paleobotany paper
Patty Ralrick - paper on subfossil mass mortality site
Julie Reizner - submit Einiosaurus histology paper
Manabu Sakamoto - finish Pachyrhinosaurus drawing; finish and submit theropod bite force paper
John Scanlon - write up Oligocene lizards from Riversleigh; process and sort samples from Miocene microsite
Leo Sham - illustrate Raptorex; write cosmetic surgery review paper
Mark Spencer - finish paper critiquing model-based approaches to phylogeny reconstruction
Brian Switek - finish book proposal; polish and submit paper on Alabamornis; paper on Thoracosaurus specimen
David Tana - sign up for GRE; submit 9 pieces to Art Evolved time capsules; overhaul blog
Darren Tanke - finish biography of Oscar Erdman; finish paper on first helicopter lift of a dinosaur specimen; finish extended abstract on Hope Johnson
Mike Taylor - finally finish the Archbishop sauropod description
Matt van Rooijen - finish up Tarbosaurus bite pattern illustrations
Bruce Woolatt - 1/10 scale Quetzalcoatlus northropi flesh restoration
Haven't signed up yet? It's not too late!