ZooKeys paper on National Geographic

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • December 11, 2009
  • On 19th of November, ZooKeys has published the monograph of Paul Sereno and Hans Larsson ‘Cretaceous Crocodyliforms from the Sahara’ (http://pensoftonline.net/zookeys). The study presents fascinating discoveries of a diverse fossil crocodile fauna that inhabited the present-day Sahara some 100 million years ago. Four of the five crocodile species, nicknamed as BoarCroc, RatCroc, DogCroc, DuckCroc and PancakeCroc, are new to science (three new genera) and major additions to two previously known species, Araripesuchus wegeneri and Anatosuchus minor, are published as well.

    The case shows clearly the great advantage of open access publishing of scientific results. The paper was published just one hour before the start of National Geographic press-conference in Washington D.C. dedicated to this great scientific discovery and became immediately available to anyone to freely read, download and distribute. The collaboration between National Geographic and ZooKeys led to a maximum dissemination to scientists and mass public in a unprecedented manner. Shortly after publication, the new species descriptions will also be available on Encyclopedia of Life (www.eol.org).

    During the two days after publication, the paper enjoyed 11,548 visits with 1,467 and 2,153 unique visitors on Thursday and Friday, respectively!

    You may learn more or have a look at these incredible creatures from the NG website at: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/11/091119-dinosaurs-crocodiles-missions.html or from the the scientific paper itself at: http://pensoftonline.net/zookeys/index.php/journal/article/view/325

    The National Geographic Press Release can be downloaded from http://pensoftonline.net/NGPressRelease.pdf.

    The NGC documentary “When Crocs Ate Dinosaurs” was shown on Nov. 21 as part of the Channel’s second annual Expedition Week.

    All five main wires — AP, Reuters, Agence France Presse, UPI and EFE — did stories, as did numerous other outlets.

    Online coverage:
    AP http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091119/ap_on_sc/us_sci_odd_crocs_2
    Reuters http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091119/wl_canada_nm/canada_us_crocodiles_2
    UPI http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2009/11/19/Experts-Ancient-crocodile-ate-dinosaurs/UPI-87181258663702/
    ABC News (Reuters) http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wirestory?id=9126490&page=2
    ABC News (AP) http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=9126097
    USAToday http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2009-11-19-crocfossil_N.htm
    Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-091119paul-sereno-dino-crocs,0,2850583.story
    Gallery http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-091119-sereno-croc-pictures,0,19753.photogallery
    Chicago Sun Times http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1893513,paul-sereno-dinosaurs-111909.article
    Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,575752,00.html
    US News and World Report http://www.usnews.com/science/articles/2009/11/19/new-ancient-crocodile-species-fossils-found.html?s_cid=rss:new-ancient-crocodile-species-fossils-found
    Seattle Times http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2010307105_apusscioddcrocs.html?syndication=rss
    KWQC6 http://www.kwqc.com/Global/story.asp?S=11538974
    ABC7 Chicago http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=7128010
    Charleston Daily Mail http://dailymail.com/News/NationandWorld/200911190324
    Science Now http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2009/1119/1
    Discovery News http://news.discovery.com/animals/galloping-dinosaur-eating-crocodiles-found-in-the-sahara.html
    NG News http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/11/091119-dinosaurs-crocodiles-missions.html
    CBC News, Canda http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/11/19/tech-fossil-crocsc.html
    ABC.es, Spain http://www.abc.es/20091119/ciencia-tecnologia-paleontologia-fosiles/descubren-tres-nuevas-especies-200911191642.html
    The Guardian, UK http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/nov/19/galloping-dinosaur-eating-crocodiles
    Telegraph.co.uk, UK http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/6605670/BoarCroc-and-DuckCroc-among-five-ancient-species-of-crocodile-discovered.html
    Daily Mail, UK http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1229250/Crocodiles-boar-like-teeth-pancake-flat-skulls.html
    Canoe, Canada (AP) http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Science/2009/11/19/11811911-ap.html
    CBCnews, Canada http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/11/19/tech-fossil-crocsc.html
    Ziet News, Germany (DPA) http://www.zeit.de/newsticker/2009/11/19/iptc-bdt-20091119-545-23047790xml
    O Globo, Brazil http://oglobo.globo.com/ciencia/mat/2009/11/19/fosseis-de-crocodilos-pre-historicos-encontrados-no-saara-914834858.asp
    AFP, France http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091119/sc_afp/sciencepaleontologyafricaus_20091119175543
    Le Figaro, France http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2009/11/19/01011-20091119FILWWW00611-des-fossiles-d-especes-inconnues-au-sahara.php
    Knack News, Belgium http://knack.rnews.be/nieuws/wetenschap/krokodillen-uit-oertijd-ontdekt/site72-section45-article42711.html
    Times of Malta, Malta http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20091120/world-news/world-briefs
    New Zealand Hearld, New Zealand http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10610499
    Physorg.com http://www.physorg.com/news177851529.html
    Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20091119/us-sci-odd-crocs/
    Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091119111327.htm
    Live Science http://www.livescience.com/animals/091119-boar-duck-crocodiles.html
    ScienceBlog http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/boarcroc-ratcroc-dogcroc-duckcroc-and-pancakecroc-27402.html
    UTV News (Guardian) http://u.tv/News/Fossil-hunters-unearth-galloping-dinosaur-eating-crocodiles-in-Sahara/1fa80eda-6c30-42cb-ac21-76b25083db73
    Flesh and Stone http://www.fleshandstone.net/healthandsciencenews/1689.html
    EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-11/ngs-brd111809.php
    Idaho State Journal http://www.journalnet.com/news/science/image_9f7afd87-5172-5657-880b-d6470259c97b.html
    Red Orbit http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1788844/prehistoric_supercroc_cousins_inhabit_sahara/index.html?source=r_science
    PhysOrg http://www.physorg.com/news177851529.html
    Futurity http://futurity.org/top-stories/bizarre-band-of-paleo-crocs-unearthed/

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