Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

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
Scaldiporia vandokkumi, a new pontoporiid (Mammalia, Cetacea, Odontoceti) from the Late Miocene to earliest Pliocene of the Westerschelde estuary (The Netherlands)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mark Young –– This manuscript is an important contribution to our understanding of estuarine cetaceans.
New Cernotina caddisflies from the Ecuadorian Amazon (Trichoptera: Polycentropodidae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Two new species descriptions for an understudied part of the world that is facing cumulative anthropogenic threats.
A massive update of non-indigenous species records in Mediterranean marinas

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Mark Costello –– Due to the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean has more introduced species than any other sea area. However, there are often misidentifications and species suggested as "invasive" which are not (they may be rarely recorded but native). Thus a synthesis of this knowledge is timely and of wide international interest.

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

194 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

222 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

Cool work on new NIS records in Mediterranean marinas: hubs for 'small'-scale introd of mar invertebr https://t.co/l49df5R8ZK @thePeerJ

235 days ago
An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/YJJJjEgZqI #Paleontology

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/CAJDFIeDVh #Biodiversity #Entomology #Taxonomy #Trichoptera #Ecuador

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