Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

The oldest Archaeopteryx (Theropoda: Avialiae): a new specimen from the Kimmeridgian/Tithonian boundary of Schamhaupten, Bavaria
Mark Young –– This manuscript is an excellent, thorough description of a new specimen of the iconic early bird Archaeopteryx.
Molecular and serological dynamics of Chlamydia pecorum infection in a longitudinal study of prime lamb production
Joseph Gillespie –– It is important for the agricultural industry and the knowledge base for C. percorum infection dynamics
Molecular phylogenetics of swimming crabs (Portunoidea Rafinesque, 1815) supports a revised family-level classification and suggests a single derived origin of symbiotic taxa
Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– very much fantastic work in the field of taxonomy, both in classical and molecular approach!
Eukaryotes in the gut microbiota in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome
Shih-Pin Chen –– This study provides more evidences supporting the possible association of gut eukaryotic composition with inflammation in patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Annual and spatial variation in composition and activity of terrestrial mammals on two replicate plots in lowland forest of eastern Ecuador
José Maria Cardoso da Silva –– Good quantitative data about the distribution and abundance of terrestrial mammals in South America and their relationships with environmental variables are still scarce. This paper adds valuable information on the subject and advance some hypotheses that can be tested in other sites across the region.
The old and the new plankton: ecological replacement of associations of mollusc plankton and giant filter feeders after the Cretaceous?
Kenneth De Baets –– The manuscript reviews the potential replacement of associations of mollusc plankton and giant filter feeders from the Mesozoic to the modern. It will therefore be of interest to biologists, ecologists and paleontologists.
Boundaries in ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and environmental variables at the edges of forest patches with residential developments
Scott Ferrenberg –– This article introduces, in a tangible way, methods for combining biological data with environmental data to identify boundaries and edge effects free of bias from the human point of view. This set of techniques could substantially improve our understanding of why species are affected by some edge conditions but go seemingly unaffected by others. The potential use of this approach in conservation and protected area delineation is clear, but I also see other possible applications such as determining the factors that influence spatial patterns in plant productivity and biogeochemical processes.
Translating genomics into practice for real-time surveillance and response to carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: evidence from a complex multi-institutional KPC outbreak
Nicholas Loman –– This is a really well worked example of how whole genome sequencing is transforming public health surveillance of infectious diseases.
A historical legacy of antibiotic utilization on bacterial seed banks in sediments
Konstantinos Kormas –– A very interesting paper for several disciplines related to the importance of antibiotic resistance in nature.
Function of JARID2 in bovines during early embryonic development
Shao-Chen Sun –– This work provided the basic roles of JARID2 on bovine oocytes.
Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

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Platygyra verweyi in the Kenting Reef undergoes long-term acclimatization and/or adaptation based on microgeographic and local environmental conditions by altering its combinations of associated Symbiodiniaceae.

Genome-based development of 15 microsatellite markers in fluorescent multiplexes for parentage testing in captive tigers @thePeerJ

Predicting the consequences of global warming on Gentiana lutea germination at the edge of its distributional and ecological range @thePeerJ

Transcriptomic profiling of purple broccoli reveals light-induced anthocyanin biosynthetic signaling and structural genes @thePeerJ

My article - Zooplankton in two cascade reservoirs - has been published today in @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #Ecology #EcosystemScience #FreshwaterBiology #Ecohydrology

Newsweek: "150-Million-Year-Old Feathered Dinosaur Fossil Proves Prehistoric Birds Lived Longer Than Previously Believed"

The Guardian: "The new specimen forcing a radical rethink of Archaeopteryx "