Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

Laboratory evaluation of different formulations of Stress Coat® for slime production in goldfish (Carassius auratus) and koi (Cyprinus carpio)
Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– Stress coat for slime production can help to better wound healing.
The semi-aquatic pondweed bugs of a Cretaceous swamp
Kenneth De Baets –– The authors describe new semi-aquatic pondweed bugs and a potential mechanism for their absence in other equally old deposits. The also highlight the use of infrared microscopy as promising technique to study of poorly visible organisms preserved in amber. It would therefore be of interest to entomologist, evolutionary biologist and paleontologist alike.
Effects of tire leachate on the invasive mosquito Aedes albopictus and the native congener Aedes triseriatus
Ilaria Negri –– Aedes albopictus is an invasive mosquito species, able to adapt to many environments. This article helps to shed light on its ecology.
The jaw is a second-class lever in Pedetes capensis (Rodentia: Pedetidae)
Robert Druzinsky –– This is a new approach to a long-standing problem in the biomechanics of rodent feeding.
Genes of the major histocompatibility complex highlight interactions of the innate and adaptive immune system
Carlo Ennio Pucillo –– it is of interest to the people that work on the specific topic,
New insights into Mesozoic cycad evolution: an exploration of anatomically preserved Cycadaceae seeds from the Jurassic Oxford Clay biota
Richard Bateman –– Some moderately interesting fossil seeds have received mixed-technology, interdisciplinary attention from a range of authors who together are the bees knees of fossil seed-plant studies. They have brought a wealth of expertise to the paper, which during revision has gained greater accuracy and relevance.
Histological characterization of denticulate palatal plates in an Early Permian dissorophoid
Claudia Marsicano –– The accurate description, comparissons and discussion, make this work and important addition to the acknowledge of the form, funtion, and homology of palatal denticular plates that have been described in several groups of temnospondyls but also other groups of basal tetrapods. Thus, making this particular contribution interesting for a broader scientific community interested in early tetrapod evolution.
Implications of nutritional stress as nestling or fledgling on subsequent attractiveness and fecundity in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
Dany Garant –– Nice study
Influence of CNTRENE® C100LM carbon nanotube material on the growth and regulation of Escherichia coli
Regina-Michaela Wittich –– The input of commercial materials.
Energetics and evasion dynamics of large predators and prey: pumas vs. hounds
Donald Kramer –– This article presents a unique perspective on energetics and tactics involved in a type of predator-prey encounter rarely documented at all, much less in this detail. It uses modern technology to full advantage in a study of charismatic animals. Both reviewers are experts in the area and concur that this is a unique and valuable study.
Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

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Litvinchuk et al. (2020, Current and Pleistocene range of the Mongolian Toad, Strauchbufo raddei, as informed by environmental modeling.

Comparative study of gut microbiota in Tibetan wild asses (Equus kiang) and domestic donkeys (Equus asinus) on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau - Hongjin Liu et al. * wild asses have unique intestinal flora adapted to high altitudes

Age-dependent differences in iris colouration of passerines during autumn migration in Central Europe @thePeerJ

A systematic review of the direct and indirect effects of herbivory on plant reproduction mediated by pollination

New article on diatom productivity at the catchment scale published today in @thePeerJ based on measurements during 2018 drought. We found strong impacts of soil moisture conditions. @HydrologyWUR #drought

Multiple immunity-related genes control susceptibility of Arabidopsis thaliana to the parasitic weed Phelipanche aegyptiaca @thePeerJ

A de novo assembly of the sweet cherry (Prunus avium cv. Tieton) genome using linked-read sequencing technology @thePeerJ

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Immune priming against bacteria in spiders and scorpions

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ Congratulations to @df9465 and Elizabeth Freedman Fowler. Thanks to James Campbell, @Jordan_Mallon and Mark Loewen for reviewing. #EvolutionaryStudies #Paleontology

SciNews: "Ancient Primitive Amphibians Had Mouthful of Teeth, New Research Finds"

Tech Times: "Ancient Amphibians Had Fangs And Thousands Of Tiny Teeth"

The Canada Journal: "Ancient amphibians had mouthful of teeth, finds new research"

The Star: "Prehistoric frogs were predators with fangs, U of T researchers find"