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A new perleidid neopterygian fish from the Early Triassic (Dienerian, Induan) of South China, with a reassessment of the relationships of Perleidiformes
"The new described species and supporting phylogenetic analysis have great potential and merit to improve our understanding of early perleidids and the evolution of neopterygian fishes after the Permo-Triassic extinction. It is therefore of interest to both paleontology and neontology."
Kenneth De Baets, Handling Editor
Dental pathologies in lamniform and carcharhiniform sharks with comments on the classification and homology of double tooth pathologies in vertebrates
"This is the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art take on studying double tooth pathologies in vertebrates with a rare focus on sharks and ways to formalize the terminology across vertebrate groups."
Kenneth De Baets, Handling Editor
Reassessment of Faxinalipterus minimus, a purported Triassic pterosaur from southern Brazil with the description of a new taxon
"It resolves an important specimen near the origins of pterosaurs"
David Hone, Handling Editor
Ecomorphospace occupation of large herbivorous dinosaurs from Late Jurassic through to Late Cretaceous time in North America
"This paper lays a solid foundation for dianasaurian paleoecological studies, especially, the Cretaceous-Jurassic transition."
Madhava Meegaskumbura, Handling Editor
The soft tissue and skeletal anatomy of two Late Jurassic ichthyosaur specimens from the Solnhofen archipelago
"It describes the preservation of soft-tissue and potential chemical pathways of soft-tissue preservation in an understudied area, with potential applications to other lagerstatten."
Christopher Noto, Handling Editor
Early Pleistocene large mammals from Maka’amitalu, Hadar, lower Awash Valley, Ethiopia
"i don't want to comment. The adams comment is right on the money."
Matt Sponheimer, Handling Editor
Upside-down in volcanic ash: crown reconstruction of the early Permian seed fern Medullosa stellata with attached foliated fronds
"This paper uses an exceptionally preserved fossil specimen to advance three-dimensional understanding and whole-plant concepts for medullosan pteridosperms, a keystone plant group in late Paleozoic forests. The work is highly detailed and provides significant new insights into morphology, physiology, development, and life history."
Peter Wilf, Handling Editor
Conservation paleobiology on Minami-Daito Island, Okinawa, Japan: anthropogenic extinction of cave-dwelling bats on a tropical oceanic island
"This paper is important to evolutionary biologists, mammalogists, conservation biologists, and paleobiologists. The authors use a number of techniques to address their question, which also makes the paper important methodologically."
Brandon Hedrick, Handling Editor
Almost all known sauropod necks are incomplete and distorted
"I think that this paper is important to paleobiology generally since it discusses the impacts of distortion on fossils. However, I think it will be critical reading for workers who are starting research on sauropods."
Brandon Hedrick, Handling Editor
Putative fossil blood cells reinterpreted as diagenetic structures
"This paper takes a sophisticated analytical approach to investigating a key paleontological problem. Further, the question as to when and if these sorts of structures can be preserved in fossils is a broad one with relevance to researchers in biology and geology."
Bruce Lieberman, Handling Editor

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Really proud that at last the paper Stewart Edie @NMNH, Dave Jablonski @UChicagoPaleo and I wrote on how to align bivalves for shape analysis using NON-point-based homologies (bc clams have so few homologous points!) is out in PeerJ

Adapting mark-recapture methods to estimating accepted species-level diversity: a case study with terrestrial Gastropoda @thePeerJ

Our article with @FlorealSole has been published today in @PeerJLife Welcome to Tartarocyon, a new gigantic Amphicyonidae !! #Ecology #EvolutionaryStudies #Paleontology #Zoology 1/2

Wilson and Szpak @TrentUniversity find acidification does not alter the stable isotope composition of bone #collagen Read the full article #Anthropology #Paleontology

Pollen transfer and patterns of reproductive success in pure and mixed populations of nectariferous Platanthera bifolia and P. chlorantha (Orchidaceae) Read the full article #Ecology #EvolutionaryStudies #PlantScience

Aggressive signaling among competing species of #birds @thePeerJ

Europe’s largest land predator found on the Isle of Wight Learn more on the PeerJ blog See the full article Research from Barker et al. @unisouthampton @EvoPalaeoLab #Paleontology #Spinosaurid @TetZoo Artwork by @anthon5001

Our article has been published today in @PeerJLife #AnimalBehavior #Entomology #EvolutionaryStudies @Ivelize @Mischocarvalhus @Cin_Oi @TWenseleers Amanda Prato

So here it finally is! The last paper of my PhD. Finally published.

A new hybodontiform shark (Strophodus Agassiz 1838) from the Lower Cretaceous (Valanginian-Hauterivian) of Colombia @thePeerJ

225-million-year-old reptile is not a pterosaur, study shows

A new 225-million-year-old reptile from Brazil

A New 225-Million-Year-Old Reptile From Brazil

A New 225-Million-Year-Old Reptile From Brazil