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Increasing empirical research shows a deep connection between timing processes and neural processing of social information. An integrative theoretical framework for prospective studies in humans was recently proposed, linking timing to sociality. A similar framework...

["Animal Behavior","Evolutionary Studies","Neuroscience","Zoology","Psychiatry and Psychology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3275v1
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The Callovian Oxford Clay of England has yielded a rich and diverse marine fauna, mainly discovered and described by Alfred Leeds. However, occasionally it also brought forth terrestrial fossils, including four isolated cases of sauropod remains, one of a stegosaurid,...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology","Anatomy and Physiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3243v1
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The Middle Jurassic was a pivotal time for many vertebrate groups: recent research suggests mammals experienced a surge in ecological diversity at this time. However, vertebrate fossils from the Middle Jurassic are rare. Until now, Middle Jurassic mammals in the...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3232v1
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Convergent evolution can provide insights into the predictability of, and constraints on, the evolution of biodiversity. One striking example of convergence is seen in the ‘river dolphins’. The four dolphin genera that make up the ‘river dolphins’ (Inia geoffrensis,...

["Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3222v1
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Emerging genomic technologies are reshaping the field of molecular ecology. However, many modern genomic approaches (e.g., RAD-seq) require large amounts of high quality template DNA. This poses a problem for an active branch of conservation biology: genetic monitoring...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Genomics","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3209v1
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One of the great mysteries of the brain, which has puzzled all-time students of brain form and function is the contralateral organization of the forebrain, and the crossings of its major afferent and efferent connections. As a novel explanation, two recent studies...

["Developmental Biology","Neuroscience","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.432v3
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DNA analysis of predator feces using high-throughput amplicon sequencing (HTS) enhances our understanding of predator-prey interactions. However, conclusions drawn from this technique are constrained by biases that occur in multiple steps of the HTS workflow. To...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Entomology","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3184v1
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The lizard species Salvator ‘Tupinambis’ merianae and Varanus ornatus evolved independently in South America and Africa but share similar ecology and feeding behaviour, despite having notable differences in their skull structure. Tupinambis has a compact, relatively...

["Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3176v1
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A focus on cranial characters for determining relatedness is a predominant trait in many datasets, however this overemphasis can lead to distortion from sampler bias. We report on revised analyses of pachycormids - a key group within Actinopterygii, as part of...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Marine Biology","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3170v1
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Hörnig, Haug, & Haug (2017) published a description of a new specimen of Santanmantis axelrodi MB.I.2068, an extinct species of praying mantis from the Crato Formation of Brazil. According to Hörnig et al. (2017) the discovery of this new specimen brought with...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3169v1
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The availability of free-standing water sources is a key determinant of animal and plant community structure in arid environments, and an understanding of the extent to which particular species depend on drinking water is vital for modelling the effects of climate...

["Ecology","Zoology","Anatomy and Physiology","Biosphere Interactions"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3167v1
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Ligia isopods are conspicuous inhabitants of rocky intertidal habitats exhibiting several biological traits that severely limit their dispersal potential. Their presence in patchy habitats and low vagility may lead to long term isolation, allopatric isolation and...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3156v1
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Landscapes of Fear (LOF), the spatially explicit distribution of perceived predation risk as seen by a population, is increasingly cited in ecological literature and has become a frequently used “buzz-word”. With the increase in popularity, it became necessary...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Neuroscience","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2840v4
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The vastness of the vertebrate fossil record and its literature makes any effort to review it in entirety a difficult task; ‘a review’ is understood to be a work that discusses the evolution and diversity of a group, drawing in knowledge on taxonomy, morphology,...

["Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3145v1
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Background. Understanding constraints to the distribution of threatened species may help to ascertain whether there are other suitable sectors for reducing the risks associated with species that are recorded in only one protected locality, and to inform about the...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3136v1
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