Editor rating: 7 / 10Richard 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Claudia 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10John Measey –– Very few studies exist and this is a well designed study that should be well cited.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Jean-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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Keith 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Zemin Ning –– The paper has some new ideas and people who are working in the same area should be interested.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Tomas Hrbek –– Lays out and implements an ABC framework for testing demographic changes.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Luis 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.
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.
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