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Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Matt Wedel

BIG day today. The 14th Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota (MTE14) is taking place in Salt Lake City this week. Normally I’d be there in a heartbeat, but my son is graduating from high school next week and I’m far too busy to get away. Still, I’m an author on one poster and two talks that are running today, along with the three associated short papers that are published in the conference volume in The Anatomical Record.

Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Mike Taylor

I’m sure you’ve seen things like ChatGPT in the news: programs that can carry out pretty convincing conversations. They are known as Large Language Models (LLMs) and are frequently referred to as being Artificial Intelligence (AI) — but I really don’t like that designation as it implies some understanding.

Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Mike Taylor

In a move that will surprise no-one who’s been paying attention, my and Matt’s presentation of vertebral orientation at the 1st Palaeo Virtual Congress is now up as a PeerJ preprint. Sadly, with the end of the conference period on 15th December, the page for my talk has been deleted, along with some interesting comments. But here at SV-POW!, we have no truck with ephemerality, hence this more permanent manifestation of our work.

Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Matt Wedel

Late last year I got tapped by the good folks at Capstone Press to write a dinosaur book for their Mind Benders series for intermediate readers. Now it’s out. (In fact, it’s been out for a couple of months now, I’ve just been too busy with other things to get this post up.) Covers all the major groups and some of the minor ones, includes a timeline and evolutionary tree, 112 pages, $6.95 in paperback.

Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Matt Wedel

Just a quickie today. The 1st Palaeontological Virtual Congress is happening this December. Where? Everywhere! Well, everywhere with internet service. There is no physical place to go attend. Talks, posters, discussions, etc. will happen online. Consequently, registration is extremely affordable at a whopping 5 Euros. Circulars are here if you want to know more.

Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Matt Wedel

Many thanks to all of the good folks in the radiology department at the Hemet Valley Medical Center, especially John Yasmer, DO, my partner in crime, and Heather Salzwedel, who did all of the actual work of scanning while the rest of us stood around making oooh and aaah noises. Further bulletins as events warrant.

Published in Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
Author Matt Wedel

Quick hit here: all this week there are mastodon-themed events going on at the Western Science Center in Hemet, including talks from paleontologists and an opening reception this Friday evening, August 4, before the exhibit formally opens to the public on Saturday.