17 December 2013
The accessibility of some papers is better than others. The accessibility of free results for Leaellynasaura is one of those conundrums that ends in disappointment; not that there are not papers out there, it is just that they are nearly all well about the $30 mark. Scientific American, thankfully, bucks this trend a little by making an issue with references to Leaellynasaura and other Antarctic dinosaurs available for only $8. The Journal of African Earth Sciences is another place where we can find the importance of Leaellynasaura in writing. This time the article was pertaining to the significance of Gondwanan polar dinosaurs in the history of dinosaurs as a group. Taylor and Francis, probably not surprisingly today, takes the prize for most expensive articles (they are cheaper in some journals so please do not assume I hate Taylor and Francis). Coming to us at $44, the article reexamines the holotype of Leaellynasaura and addresses doubts and worries concerning the relationship of the skull and body skeleton of the holotype. As with any potentially volatile situation, I would not like to make assumptions on the outcome of any article I have not been able to read in full, but considering that Leaellynasaura is still considered a usable name it is fairly safe to assume that the doubts were confidently negated by the article.