Editor rating: 7 / 10Marta Riutort –– The article presents new data, both morphological and molecular, supporting a strange pattern of distribution for a parasite. This is probably only a first step but interesting to understand how these animals disperse and differentiate.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– An interesting study that add to the understanding of the evolution of mimicry in egg-cowrie gastropods and also provides a creative learning tool implementation.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Jérémy Anquetin –– A model of morphological description and interesting ecomorphological study.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Alexander Mikheyev –– It is a bit inconclusive, but deals with important questions in biology.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mathew Wedel –– The documentation of mammalian-like jaw mechanics in an herbivorous dinosaur is novel and important - it could help explain the ecological dominance of horned dinosaurs in the Cretaceous Period.
Editor rating: 7 / 10John Hutchinson –– Fascinating case of 2 animals of different limb posture but similar dynamics at same speed in some ways, yet divergent in others. Makes sense and adds to our understanding of size, posture and gait.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Kenneth De Baets –– The authors convincingly demonstrate that mongolepids - taxa known from scales, can be determined as sharks and they are components of a major radiation of jawed fish that took place in the Silurian. This further demonstrates a major gap in the fossil record of presumed early chondrichthyan lineages with breaks of ~40 Mya and point to diversification event(s) concealed by an incomplete fossil record (possibly a consequence of insufficient sampling, restricted palaeoenvironmental distribution and/or the low-preservation potential of the chondrichthyan endoskeleton).
Editor rating: 7 / 10Dezene Huber –– Shows an interesting range expansion of a morphology within a species. Not clear on the reason (authors suggest sexual conflict). But an interesting phenomenon that takes some careful observation to notice, and worth further study.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Herbert Maschner –– Trackways are one of the more important areas of paleontological research and this paper develops a suite of techniques to quantify the analysis of ancient trackways.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Kenneth De Baets –– This is a nice cross-discipline effort between paleontologist and biologists to calibrate the evolutionary history of scarab beetles. It describes new fossils and using various methods to test their phylogenetic position based on the characters they possess. It should be useful for people working on scarab beetles as well as people working on similar effort for other groups.
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