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As a fellow ornithischian phylogeny researcher, I note that Clint Boyd's taxonomic sampling of basal ornithischians in this paper is more comprehensive than in any previous analysis. I commend Boyd on an outstanding contribution to the ornithischian literature....
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Response from the author (Mark P. Witton) The assertion that the work of Peters has been ignored by this paper implies poor scholarship on my behalf, and that the works listed in Peters' comment are as worthy of discussion as any other piece of pterosaur literature....
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Perhaps the best surprise is not the scientific side, but the social side of paleontology. As a kid, I had envisioned a lot of paleo as toiling away alone on a fossil in a lab, surrounded by dusty bones and books. I figured there was a little teamwork involved...
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Hi Nieky, Just to make a counterpoint to Jon’s comment above, I think there are very few circumstances under which it's a bad idea for undergraduates to publish their research papers. While students are rarely fully involved in the writing and peer review process,...
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The two other answers addressed the similarity between the SAR and rarefaction. I wanted to address your second question:
Also, does METE apply to other forms of macroecological patterns, ie to the accumulation of species in different communities?
METE does...
In answer to: SAR & rarefaction curves
13 December 2013
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First of all, there are important distinctions between research that genuinely advances the science and "research" whose function is chiefly pedagogical. If an undergraduate agrees to take on a significant role in a research project (i.e. one that merits authorship),...
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If you think that individuals occupy a fixed area as in the neutral theory, as you sample more individuals to do the rarefaction curve, you will sample bigger areas thus rarefaction curves and SAR could be the same. In [1] sections 3.3.7 and 7.7 is explained that:...
In answer to: SAR & rarefaction curves
12 December 2013
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I don't think all rarefactions are a subset of SAR. I know what an underlying assumption of Coleman rarefaction (see Colwell et al 2012 doi: 10.1093/jpe/rtr044) is that species are randomly distributed in sample areas. Also sample based rarefaction undoubtedly...
In answer to: SAR & rarefaction curves
11 December 2013
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Hi Nieky, The majority of the time, I don't think it's worth undergraduates going through the formal publication process. It takes time, and unless you're considering a career within academia, probably not really worth it. I'd strongly recommend alternatives...
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Hi Nieky, I let the motivation come from my undergraduate students in terms of whether they want to get involved in an aspect of my research that would warrant their co-authorship. However, I do try to inspire such motivation. First, I engage them with my research...
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We appreciate Dr. Donnelly’s interest in our study of patients with chronic Lyme disease (CLD). The problem of selection bias in internet surveys is discussed in some depth in the limitations section of our article. It seems likely that most patients heard about...
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1) The holotype specimen of Othneilosaurus consors is YPM 1882, not BYU ESM-163R as stated in this paper. This was a simple error on my part. The taxonomic history of this species is complex, but I apologize for the mistake. This error does not impact any of the...
In answer to: Taxonomic issues
29 December 2015
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Hi Pedro - thanks so much for the comment; many journals actually discourage including direct links to the software, so it was unintentionally edited out at one point, although PeerJ in particular of course encourages this! So that the information is more obviously...
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When a question, or feedback, is left on an article all co-authors are alerted to that fact via email. Obviously, however, authors have the choice as to whether or not to respond. In addition, if an article is undergoing peer-review, and the preprint version...
6 February 2015
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Really interesting question. My feeling is that, like many nature/nurture debates it is probably a combination of both. There is a lot of evidence that personality, and other behaviours, have an important heritable component. However, there's also a growing number...

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