Editor rating: 7 / 10Ibolya Kiss –– Comprehensive expession analysis of transriptomes and miRNA compositions of muscles and electric organ of Sternopygus macrurus strongly supports the model that a novel post-transcriptional regulatory program directs the differentiation of the highly specialized non-contractile electronic cells from a skeletal muscle phenotype.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Marta Sánchez –– This well down study add an interesting piece of information to understanding of Wolbachia-host associations, adding complexity to the existing knowledge and providing new hypothesis on the origin of this endosymbiont.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Graciela Piñeiro –– The article includes an interdisciplinary study of Carboniferous micro and macrofloristic assemblages. It is an interesting contribution to understand the relatively relevance of calibrating palynologic versus macrofloristic studies for biostratigrafic correlation even in a regional context.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Kenneth De Baets –– One of the first more quantitative studies of phylogeny of North American Nimravids exploring various new or not yet used methods for this purpose, which might also be useful to apply to other extant and extinct groups.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Jean-Lou Justine –– A very complete study with many modern techniques.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Luis Eguiarte –– The inverted flowers of Lacandonia schismatica, where the male parts are central and surrounded by the female parts, are almost unique among angiosperms. Until recently, Lacandonia was known only from a single species, L. schismatica, endemic to the rain forests of southeastern Mexico. The paper describes the ontogeny of the flowers of Lacandonia brasiliana, a recently discovered species from the extreme north of the Atlantic Forest in northeastern Brazil. The close similarity between the two Lacandonia species makes it unlikely that they arose independently. The detailed comparative analyses of the paper make it an important contribution to the study of the evolution of these “inside-out” flowers.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Hans-Dieter Sues –– Long-overdue rigorous review of an important group of large predatory non-mammalian synapsids from the Late Permian.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Alexander Mikheyev –– Provides a well-documented bioinformatic pipeline, and a comprehensive investigation of the process.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Andrew Farke –– most in-depth phylogeny yet for this globally distributed group; advancement of phylogenetic methods with broad interest to researchers
Editor rating: 8 / 10Laura Wilson –– Body size evolution is a fundamental subject of study across life science research. This article uses state-of-the-field modeling approaches to test a key hypothesis in the evolution of early carnivores and herbivores, allowing for robust, quantitative conclusions to be drawn.
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