Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

Cranial morphology of Sinovenator changii (Theropoda: Troodontidae) on the new material from the Yixian Formation of western Liaoning, China
Hans-Dieter Sues –– Important study on troodontid cranial structure.
Gorgonopsian therapsids (Nochnitsa gen. nov. and Viatkogorgon) from the Permian Kotelnich locality of Russia
Mark Young –– Gorgonopsians are an unstudied clade, which this paper helps to begin to rectify.
Cranial anatomy of Bellusaurus sui (Dinosauria: Eusauropoda) from the Middle-Late Jurassic Shishugou Formation of northwest China and a review of sauropod cranial ontogeny
Andrew Farke –– Detailed description of an important taxon for sauropod workers.
Assessing canalisation of intraspecific variation on a macroevolutionary scale: the case of crinoid arms through the Phanerozoic
Philip Cox –– This is a thorough study on an extensive dataset that will provide a model for other such macroevolutionary investigations.
Fingerprinting snakes: paleontological and paleoecological implications of zygantral growth rings in Serpentes
Andrew Farke –– This study presents data applicable for many paleontologists in trying to establish life history information for snakes extant and extinct.
A new lineage of Cretaceous jewel wasps (Chalcidoidea: Diversinitidae)
Kenneth De Baets –– Oldest best-preserved representatives of chalcid wasps which is relevant for entomologists, evolutionary biologist and paleontologists. The authors run a phylogenetic analysis to place them among their extant relatives.
Reinvestigating an enigmatic Late Cretaceous monocot: morphology, taxonomy, and biogeography of Viracarpon
Andrew Farke –– Excellent imagery and descriptions of an important taxon.
Including autapomorphies is important for paleontological tip-dating with clocklike data, but not with non-clock data
Laura Wilson –– Evaluates the impact of autapomorphies on the behaviour of tip-dating methods. The results are relevant for all future studies that employ tip-dating analyses.
Necessity of electrically conductive pili for methanogenesis with magnetite stimulation
Xiaomin Li –– The topic of direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) between iron-reducing bacteria and methanogens has been paid more and more attraction these years, and iron oxides such as magnetite may function like e-pili to facilitate electron transfer. This study, however, demonstrates that e-pili are still necessary for the DIET between between Geobacter and Methanosarcina species, though the presence of magnetite can promote the methane production in this coculture.
Conserving relics from ancient underground worlds: assessing the influence of cave and landscape features on obligate iron cave dwellers from the Eastern Amazon
Jack Stanford –– Great contribution to the conservation of caves and cave faunas.
Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

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Caodeyao, a new peculiar therocephalian via @thePeerJ

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #ConservationBiology #Ecology #Forestry

A new chapter in our jellyfish benthic stages search published in @PeerJ! This paper by @ju_vbtv, @VanderveerHenkW and me documents first in situ find of polyps and podocysts of 2 common North Sea jellyfish species. Found hiding inside bivalve shells. 1/11

Кто проживает в горах океана? Astrolirus patricki – семирукие морские звезды, обнаруженные на подводных горах Тихого океана в компании губок, на которые иногда даже по трое забираются. Новый вид назван, конечно же, в честь Патрика, дружочка Спанч Боба.