Editor rating: 7 / 10Mark Young –– This contribution is important as it is one of a growing number of papers that is elucidating the evolution of marine turtles. Compared to other Mesozoic marine reptiles, the evolution, taxonomy and comparative anatomy of marine turtles is still poorly understood.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Mathew Wedel –– This work is legitimately groundbreaking in its scope and in its potential to move the field forward. The papers in this series seem destined to become citation classics.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Mathew Wedel –– This work is legitimately groundbreaking in its scope and in its potential to move the field forward. The papers in this series seem destined to become citation classics. (Applies to all three papers in this series.)
Editor rating: 8 / 10J. Thewissen –– Modern toothed whales (odontocetes) are interesting because they are able to shed the design constraints that most mammals, including Eocene whales, have (for instance, in the number of teeth and the number of phalanges). Early odontocetes, such as the one described here, are on that path: they are exploring the limits of the mammalian bauplan. We don't know much about the morphology of these groups, so every fossil described helps us understand that evolutionary exploration better.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Kenneth De Baets –– The authors describe new finds of a widespread trace fossil and manage to use it to constrain the anatomy of its producer. It will therefore be relevant for ichnologist, (paleo)biologists and (paleo)ecologists.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Graciela Piñeiro –– This is an important contribution to the dinosaur reproductive behavior, and offers a pormenorized study of the evidence to suggest the presence of a cuticle-like layer in oviraptorid and alvarezsaurid dinosaur eggs.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Hans-Dieter Sues –– Important study on troodontid cranial structure.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mark Young –– Gorgonopsians are an unstudied clade, which this paper helps to begin to rectify.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Andrew Farke –– Detailed description of an important taxon for sauropod workers.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Philip Cox –– This is a thorough study on an extensive dataset that will provide a model for other such macroevolutionary investigations.
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