Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

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Molecular phylogenetics of swimming crabs (Portunoidea Rafinesque, 1815) supports a revised family-level classification and suggests a single derived origin of symbiotic taxa

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– very much fantastic work in the field of taxonomy, both in classical and molecular approach!
The old and the new plankton: ecological replacement of associations of mollusc plankton and giant filter feeders after the Cretaceous?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– The manuscript reviews the potential replacement of associations of mollusc plankton and giant filter feeders from the Mesozoic to the modern. It will therefore be of interest to biologists, ecologists and paleontologists.
Simulations indicate that scores of lionfish (Pterois volitans) colonized the Atlantic Ocean

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mark Hixon –– This study provides insight on the size of the founding introduced population that gave rise to one of the worst marine invasions in history.
The shell morphology of the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) trionychid turtle Helopanoplia distincta

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Christopher Noto –– This article describes an important but poorly-diagnosed taxon of pan-trionychid turtle that will have an impact on understanding the phylogeny of plastomenids, as well as address issues of extinction across the K-Pg boundary, and biogeography of Laramidia.
Introgression between ecologically distinct species following increased salinity in the Colorado Delta- Worldwide implications for impacted estuary diversity

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Therese Markow –– It's a first and the data are very strong/
Cranial osteology of the pampathere Holmesina floridanus (Xenarthra: Cingulata; Blancan NALMA), including a description of an isolated petrosal bone

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Erik Seiffert –– This is the first highly detailed description of the cranial anatomy of a pampatheriid, an extinct group of armadillos. This information will undoubtedly prove to be invaluable to students of armadillo evolution, and will allow for more informed assessment of cranial characters that will be incorporated into future phylogenetic analyses of this fascinating clade of xenarthran mammals.
Genome-wide identification of ABA receptor PYL family and expression analysis of PYLs in response to ABA and osmotic stress in Gossypium

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Pankaj Jaiswal –– It contributes to PYL gene family annotation in cotton.
An exceptionally preserved armored dinosaur reveals the morphology and allometry of osteoderms and their horny epidermal coverings

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mathew Wedel –– Probably the most detailed study of nodosaur armor to date, should have broad interest and applicability in future studies of armored dinosaurs, and cross-disciplinary interest since it deals with allometry of keratin sheaths and underlying bone, which is also important in mammals, birds, and extant reptiles.
The ultimate legs of Chilopoda (Myriapoda): a review on their morphological disparity and functional variability

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– This is an interesting review about the centipede morphology and functional biology, particularly focused on the anatomical variability of the last pair of legs and their adaptability to different functions. Although apparently restricted to myriapod specialists, the paper may have a moderate broader impact in general studies on the origin, variability and adaptations of the arthropod appendages.
New species of the endemic Neotropical caddisfly genus Contulma from the Andes of Ecuador (Trichoptera: Anomalopsychidae)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Joseph Gillespie –– New species description

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270 days ago
Portunoid crab molecular phylogenetics https://t.co/27iDHwJL4z @thePeerJさんから

The old and the new #mollusc #plankton https://t.co/IyBL84kyvr #paleobiology #fossils Just too late @thePeerJ for #MolluscMonday https://t.co/hxVN0Bqpzj

Ever wonder how many lionfish spawned the invasion in the Atlantic? Probably over 100! https://t.co/XHpPpH52ud

The shell morphology of the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) trionychid turtle Helopanoplia distincta https://t.co/MKBeyZdYcH via @thePeerJ #TeamTurtle

313 days ago
Introgression in Colpichthys (silversides) at the Colorado Delta, cool paper guys :) https://t.co/7WmdI5QdZR via @thePeerJ

Cranial osteology of the pampathere Holmesina floridanus (Xenarthra: Cingulata; Blancan NALMA), including a description of an isolated petrosal bone https://t.co/wW2pNTAjS5

An exceptionally preserved armored dinosaur reveals the morphology and allometry of osteoderms and their horny epidermal coverings https://t.co/i8NP2lYzOh

341 days ago
Very nice review article by Matthes Kenning, Carsten H. G. Müller, and Andy Sombke about the ultimate legs of Chilopoda https://t.co/HGyVOIb7YS https://t.co/nRze7x6h1A

Nuevas especies de Trichptera de los Andes de Ecuador publicado hoy en#@thePeerJ https://t.co/940b3mtJO5 #Biodiversity #Entomology #Taxonomy

Discover Magazine: Dozens—Perhaps Even Hundreds—of Lionfish Likely Launched the Atlantic Invasion
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science-sushi/2017/12/27/dozens-perhaps-even-hundreds-of-lionfish-likely-launched-the-atlantic-invasion/

Stunning Dinosaur Likely Used Armor to Flirt as Well as Fight
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/nodosaur-borealopelta-armor-social-sexual-defense-science/