Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

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.
The intervals method: a new approach to analyse finite element outputs using multivariate statistics

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Philip Cox –– This article describes a new technique for analysing the results of FEA. It has the potential to be used widely in the discipline.
Trichoplax adhaerens reveals a network of nuclear receptors sensitive to 9-cis-retinoic acid at the base of metazoan evolution

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Christopher Cooper –– One of very few articles on Trichoplax, an emerging model organism of increasing importance in evo-devo biology.
Ecomorphological characterization of murines and non-arvicoline cricetids (Rodentia) from south-western Europe since the latest Middle Miocene to the Mio-Pliocene boundary (MN 7/8–MN13)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Philip Cox –– The method used could be widely applicable for inferring ecology in extinct species.
Taxonomic overview of the hyperdiverse ant genus Tetramorium Mayr (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in India with descriptions and X-ray microtomography of two new species from the Andaman Islands

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Darren Ward –– x-ray microtomography
The postcranial skeleton of Boreogomphodon (Cynodontia: Traversodontidae) from the Upper Triassic of North Carolina, USA and the comparison with other traversodontids

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Claudia Marsicano –– due to the scarcity of good postcranial descriptions not only on travesodontids but on cynodonts in general.
Adaptations to different habitats in sexual and asexual populations of parasitoid wasps: a meta-analysis

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Donald Kramer –– It provides a coherent synthesis of a large amount of data framed by a coherent hypothesis.
Early-branching euteleost relationships: areas of congruence between concatenation and coalescent model inferences

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tim Collins –– To the extent that phylogenetics is used across all biological disciplines, these results may be significant, especially, if they do the suggested data/method exploration in the revisions to address the conflicting results between methodologies.
The semi-aquatic pondweed bugs of a Cretaceous swamp

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.

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

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

Our new paper in @thePeerJ presents a new method to merge #FEA outputs with multivariate statistics. #biomechanics https://t.co/ozapJDmSKt https://t.co/cTgEw6xs4H

Trichoplax adhaerens reveals a network of nuclear receptors sensitive to 9-cis-retinoic acid at the base of... https://t.co/EpbPqCZ0Qh

Our last #paper is now available! #OA v/ @peerJ Ecomorphology of Miocene #Rodentia https://t.co/GCMu35mJTg #Paleontology

Adaptations to different habitats in sexual and asexual populations of parasitoid wasps: a meta-analysis https://t.co/eNPc9l5Srv

New paper with @gaurav_agavekar @EconomoLab #newspecies #India #ants #microCT @sketchfab https://t.co/7c1Zxq7j1M https://t.co/XFchVwWJFH

The postcranial skeleton of Boreogomphodon (Cynodontia) from the Upper Triassic of North Carolina, USA https://t.co/TlUD3SMaVq

Early-branching euteleost relationships: areas of congruence between concatenation and coalescent model inferences https://t.co/MFh857tCVN

I love this title. "The semi-aquatic pondweed bugs of a Cretaceous swamp" https://t.co/MQLgrAHjIj