Editor rating: 7 / 10William DiMichele –– An ancient fern lineage of interest to those studying both ferns, their phylogeny, and the methods used to study it. The paper links the fossil record to the record of extant forms, using a broad array of anatomical characteristics.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mark Young –– This manuscript re-describes an important, yet largely enigmatic specimen known from the Middle Jurassic. If correct, this paper shows that Razanandrongobe is in fact a notosuchian. This pushes the known fossil record for this group back by tens of millions of years, helping to close a long ghost lineage.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Joseph Gillespie –– It adds an important dimension to understanding the role of reproductive rate on the ability of Wolbachia to induce parthenogenesis
Editor rating: 8 / 10Kenneth De Baets –– The authors document the fossil pollen record of parasitic plants across various continents and use it together with molecular sequences to constrain their evolutionary time-scale . This will be relevant for palynologists, (paleo)botanist and evolutionary biologists in general.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Heather Etchevers –– One of the reviewers in particular was very enthusiastic about the impact of this work on moving the field forward and generating new hypotheses.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Mark Costello –– Provides evidence of a cause of cetacean mortality in relation to toxic phytoplankton ("harmful alga blooms") which are a concern in many parts of the world. Cetacean deaths are often a source of mystery and this indicates that naturally occurring toxic events can be one possible cause.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Kenneth De Baets –– The re-investigation of Rhyniognatha is critical as it was originally interpreted one of the oldest in-group insects and has been used to calibrate evolutionary time-scale for insects using molecular clocks in various studies. The divergence estimates of insects might shift to younger ages, which would be more consistent with the fossil record. This is therefore of interest to entomologists, paleontologists, evolutionary biologists, etc.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Keith Crandall –– This paper demonstrates that there is significant hidden diversity still to be discovered and described in this interesting group of Australian freshwater crayfish.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Graciela Piñeiro –– This article identy characters in the pterosaur taxonomy that can be ontogenetically variable or sexually constrained, making it important to be taken into account for future research on pterosaur taxonomy and ontogeny.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Jérémy Anquetin –– This work provides a thorough description of an important specimen and also includes a detailed discussion of the phylogeny of the group.
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