Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

The jaw is a second-class lever in Pedetes capensis (Rodentia: Pedetidae)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Robert Druzinsky –– This is a new approach to a long-standing problem in the biomechanics of rodent feeding.
Genes of the major histocompatibility complex highlight interactions of the innate and adaptive immune system

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Carlo Ennio Pucillo –– it is of interest to the people that work on the specific topic,
New insights into Mesozoic cycad evolution: an exploration of anatomically preserved Cycadaceae seeds from the Jurassic Oxford Clay biota

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Richard Bateman –– Some moderately interesting fossil seeds have received mixed-technology, interdisciplinary attention from a range of authors who together are the bees knees of fossil seed-plant studies. They have brought a wealth of expertise to the paper, which during revision has gained greater accuracy and relevance.
Histological characterization of denticulate palatal plates in an Early Permian dissorophoid

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Claudia Marsicano –– The accurate description, comparissons and discussion, make this work and important addition to the acknowledge of the form, funtion, and homology of palatal denticular plates that have been described in several groups of temnospondyls but also other groups of basal tetrapods. Thus, making this particular contribution interesting for a broader scientific community interested in early tetrapod evolution.
Diversity of compounds in femoral secretions of Galápagos iguanas (genera: Amblyrhynchus and Conolophus), and their potential role in sexual communication in lek-mating marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

John Measey –– Very few studies exist and this is a well designed study that should be well cited.
Quid est Clea helena? Evidence for a previously unrecognized radiation of assassin snails (Gastropoda: Buccinoidea: Nassariidae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jean-Lou Justine –– The paper provides new information about accurate identification of a series of invasive carnivorous snails. It is thus of interest to both mollusk taxonomists and researchers involved in the protection of environment.
Targeted NGS for species level phylogenomics: “made to measure” or “one size fits all”?

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Keith Crandall –– This paper effectively demonstrates the utility of designing clade specific markers from hybrid-enrichment compared to more global approaches and provides custom scripts to analyze transcriptome and whole genome data to identify such markers.
A laid-back trip through the Hennigian Forests

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Zemin Ning –– The paper has some new ideas and people who are working in the same area should be interested.
Demographic inference through approximate-Bayesian-computation skyline plots

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– Lays out and implements an ABC framework for testing demographic changes.
EPAS1 variants in high altitude Tibetan wolves were selectively introgressed into highland dogs

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Luis Eguiarte –– This is an important contribution, not only because it illuminates on the complex relations between dogs and wolves, and on how adaptations can move between related species, but also because it is relevant for understanding the domestication process of animals, but also in plants.

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New paper by curator Dr. Ellen Strong talks about new radiation of assasin snails! https://t.co/zfj7zs4Rbc https://t.co/vk4YZFph50

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The amazing jaw mechanics of the springhare: my new article published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/dBi4sdqulX #Zoology

New insights into Mesozoic cycad evolution: an exploration of preserved Cycadaceae seeds from the Oxford Clay https://t.co/RVwBaLZR9d

Demographic inference through approximate-Bayesian-computation skyline plots published as: https://t.co/J5k3wUdXwM @thePeerJ #biorxiv

Histological characterization of denticulate palatal plates in an Early Permian dissorophoid https://t.co/XuzS9Zgiqj via @thePeerJ

Challenging phylogeny? You need "made to measure" hyb-seq markers. Paper & Kadlec's new tools out at @thePeerJ https://t.co/LPhEsYLEQZ https://t.co/kZwho1xThj

SciNews: "Ancient Primitive Amphibians Had Mouthful of Teeth, New Research Finds"
http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/ancient-primitive-amphibians-mouthful-teeth-05234.html

Tech Times: "Ancient Amphibians Had Fangs And Thousands Of Tiny Teeth"
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/213538/20170916/ancient-amphibians-had-fangs-and-thousands-of-tiny-teeth.htm

The Canada Journal: "Ancient amphibians had mouthful of teeth, finds new research"
http://canadajournal.net/science/ancient-amphibians-mouthful-teeth-finds-new-research-58001-2017/

The Star: "Prehistoric frogs were predators with fangs, U of T researchers find"
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/09/15/u-of-t-researchers-say-ancestors-of-modern-frogs-had-a-lot-of-teeth-including-fangs.html