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In honor of #NationalFossilDay today, #EarthCube celebrates some of its #paleo domain projects - partnerships among geoscientists, software engineers, & data experts to develop practices and software tools to help answer critical science questions.

Roughly chronologically:
.#EarthCube started with a set of @NSF_GEO funded workshops, hosted by leading geoscientists with end users in their own fields, to first gather science needs. Result: priorities for critical questions in 24 domains + overall summary. Paleogeoscience here:…
@NSF_GEO Priorities coming out of the 2013 end-user workshop went into a 2015 @NSF RCNetwork, Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences (C4P), to share community info, recommend best practices, work with repositories, and inform tool development. Summary:…
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It’s #Croctober, so that means I’ll be featuring croc-relatives using the hashtag #AtoZcrocs. Follow along this month for a deep dive into how weird croc #evolution really got.
A is for Anatosuchus, a notosuchian from the Cretaceous of Niger. It’s name means “duck-crocodile,” for it’s oddly flared snout. #Croctober #AtoZcrocs #fossils

📸 Sereno and Larsson, 2009:… skeleton of Anatosuchus, flared snout to the left, body out to the right, missing most of its tailArtist's reconstruction of Anatosuchus in an upright posture, duck-like snout gaping to show off flared shape
Anatosuchus’ upright limb posture and funky snout might have helped it wade in the shallows and root around for small prey. #Croctober #AtoZcrocs #fossils

📸 Sereno and Larsson, 2009:… Photographs of Anatosuchus' skull in dorsal, ventral, and lateral views, snout flares out like a duck bill, but is filled with relatively small teethLine drawing interpretation of the skull shown in similar views as the photographs, snout flares out like a duck bill, but is filled with relatively small teeth
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