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The earliest known titanosauriform sauropod dinosaur and the evolution of Brachiosauridae

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jérémy Anquetin –– This work provides a thorough description of an important specimen and also includes a detailed discussion of the phylogeny of the group.
Osteology of Galeamopus pabsti sp. nov. (Sauropoda: Diplodocidae), with implications for neurocentral closure timing, and the cervico-dorsal transition in diplodocids

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Andrew Farke –– Description of new taxon in great detail with comprehensive figures.
Neogene amphibians and reptiles (Caudata, Anura, Gekkota, Lacertilia, and Testudines) from the south of Western Siberia, Russia, and Northeastern Kazakhstan

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– This manuscript is an important contribution to the knowledge of the almost unknown Siberian Neogene herpetofauna. It deals not solely with detailed anatomical descriptions and taxonomic identification of the specimens, but provides interesting paleobiogeographic hypotheses concerning the origin and dispersion of the taxa, including newly paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental aspects spanning mostly the Oligocene to Pliocene periods. Studied environmental parameters include precipitation rates in the Miocene which are compared to current rainfall values for the region.
Curvature reduces bending strains in the quokka femur

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Philip Cox –– Because, although the focus of the article is one particular bone in one species of mammal, the results have implications for understanding the biomechanics of bones much more widely.
A multidisciplinary approach to digital mapping of dinosaurian tracksites in the Lower Cretaceous (Valanginian–Barremian) Broome Sandstone of the Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jérémy Anquetin –– Nothing really new, but an important methodological contribution all the same
Asymmetry of mandibular dentition is associated with dietary specialization in snail-eating snakes

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Lesley Rogers –– This paper on snakes relates dentition asymmetry to asymmetry of the prey eaten.
High richness of insect herbivory from the early Miocene Hindon Maar crater, Otago, New Zealand

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– Present new data on insect herbivore - plant interaction in southern latitudes and their potential relationship with changes in environmental parameters (e.g., climate).
Off the scale: a new species of fish-scale gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae: Geckolepis) with exceptionally large scales

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– A very thorough study on a highly unusual group of geckos.
Vascular plant biodiversity of the lower Coppermine River valley and vicinity (Nunavut, Canada): an annotated checklist of an Arctic flora

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Richard Cowling –– The paper represents a comprehensive inventory in a remote area vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It will form the basis for a monitoring programme that will likely reveal important trends in biotic change.
A new glimpse on Mesozoic zooplankton—150 million-year-old lobster larvae

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– Despite the high importance and diversity of modern zooplankton, still comparatively little is known about plankton in the distant of the geological past. The authors report some of the oldest known fossil "clawed lobster" larvae. Mostly their presence is mostly inferred based on the phylogeny and fossil record of adult stages.

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Botrychium minganense (Mingan moonwort - botryche de Mingan) [L] and Botrychium tunux (Tunux moonwort - botryche de Tunux) [R]. Kugluk/Bloody Falls Territorial Park, Kugluktuk, Nunavut. July 19, 2014. #PlantPerDay. Originally collected as one number (https://t.co/PhjeivqpNl) https://t.co/cpgZuFaQjG

Great! First citation of Geckolepis megalepis! https://t.co/BDG2ByLAkn in Regeneration: https://t.co/ov9p3yGkuv

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Congrats to our own Phil Mannion for the publication of the first titanosauriform #dinosaur in the journal @thePeerJ https://t.co/zOrwxBkQdm

Welcome the awesome new diplodocine sauropod species Galeamopus pabsti, from Tschopp and Mateus! https://t.co/Jp2oHpX3lT

3D digital mapping dinosaur tracksites https://t.co/fvG9l2iozd via @thePeerJ

Paleo Profile: The "Need Helmet" Dinosaur
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/laelaps/paleo-profile-the-need-helmet-dinosaur/

A new dinosaur 66-feet long with a tail that could create a sonic boom
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/08/a-new-dinosaur-66-feet-long-with-a-tail-that-could-create-a-soni/22074995/

Fossil sheds light on 'Jurassic Park' dinosaurs
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39771719

Long-necked "viper" dinosaur is earliest of its kind on record
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/long-necked-viper-dinosaur-is-earliest-titanosaur-on-record/

Researchers find earliest relative of Brachiosaurus dinosaur
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/researchers-find-earliest-relative-of-brachiosaurus-dinosaur/articleshow/58497059.cms

A NEW dinosaur that was one of the biggest to roam Earth has been discovered by scientists
http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/799161/dinosaur-galeamopus-pabsti-new-species

Dinosaur News: New Species Found In Wyoming, Overlooked Fossil From France Identified
http://www.ibtimes.com/dinosaur-news-new-species-found-wyoming-overlooked-fossil-france-identified-2533270

Meet Max: Giant 150 million-year-old relative of Diplodocus with a 30ft neck and whip-like tail is unearthed
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4465542/Dinosaur-relative-Diplodocus-discovered-US.html

Cosmos: "New sauropod species found in Swiss museum"
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/new-sauropod-species-found-in-swiss-museum

Seeker: "New Plant-Eating Dinosaur Was So Big It Had No Predators"
https://www.seeker.com/earth/animals/new-plant-eating-dinosaur-was-so-big-it-had-no-predators