Editor rating: 7 / 10Kenneth 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mark 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Christopher 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.
Editor rating: 10 / 10Therese Markow –– It's a first and the data are very strong/
Editor rating: 7 / 10Erik 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.
Editor rating: 10 / 10Pankaj Jaiswal –– It contributes to PYL gene family annotation in cotton.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mathew 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Graciela 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Joseph Gillespie –– New species description
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mark Young –– This manuscript is an important contribution to our understanding of estuarine cetaceans.
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