Category Archives: Basics

Analytical Software

As the past two posts have attested, we are on the cusp of doing some actual, real-life analysis. If at all possible, I want to run the analyses using freely available, open source software. Fortunately, all of the major software … Continue reading

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The Analyses Ahead

As we finish up combining the data, it’s time to start thinking about the specific analyses that we’re going to do. What are the specific questions we’re asking? What are the techniques that we need to address the questions? Some … Continue reading

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Beware the Shifting Catalog Number

Those who have contributed to the ODP over the last few months know that a single specimen might have measurements featured in 2, 3, 4, or more separate scientific papers. In order to keep data entry and verification as transparent … Continue reading

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Don’t Despair! Using Our Data to Investigate Disparity

Note: This is a guest post from paleontologist and ODP contributor Randy Irmis, of the Utah Museum of Natural History. As our fearless project leaders have stressed many times, we’re not just gathering this mountain of data for fun – … Continue reading

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Developing a measurement protocol, part 1

By now, those of you who have been entering data from the literature — and maybe even more those who have been measuring bones themselves — will have noticed that it’s not quite as straightforward as it sounds.  Some bones … Continue reading

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Introducing the Open Dinosaur Project

Hello, and thanks for dropping by at the Open Dinosaur Project.  This blog is part of a wider project, in which we hope — with your help — to make some science.  We want to put together a paper on … Continue reading

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