Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

Detailed anatomy of the braincase of Macelognathus vagans Marsh, 1884 (Archosauria, Crocodylomorpha) using high resolution tomography and new insights on basal crocodylomorph phylogeny

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mark Young –– This paper adds important information on a long known, but enigmatic, basal crocodylomorph. The description is in-depth and and highly detailed.
Diversity and distribution of the Caddisflies (Insecta: Trichoptera) of Ecuador

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Nicely written, concise, and complete. An article that exemplifies good scientific writing and communication.
Aggregations and parental care in the Early Triassic basal cynodonts Galesaurus planiceps and Thrinaxodon liorhinus

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Hans-Dieter Sues –– Very interesting study with implications for the ontogeny of stem-mammals.
Comprehensive transcriptome analysis provides new insights into nutritional strategies and phylogenetic relationships of chrysophytes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Konstantinos Kormas –– A very insightful piece of work for the ecophysiology of chrysophytes.
Taxonomic revision and molecular phylogenetics of the Idarnes incertus species-group (Hymenoptera, Agaonidae, Sycophaginae)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Marcio Pie –– It involves the description of many species of a highly diverse group.
An integrative systematic revision and biogeography of Rhynchocalamus snakes (Reptilia, Colubridae) with a description of a new species from Israel

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– makes a significant contribution to a very poorly known group of snakes
Deciphering the preservation of fossil insects: a case study from the Crato Member, Early Cretaceous of Brazil

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– This is an important contribution for a better understanding of the taphonomic processes that allow the preservation of delicate organisms, and as so, it will be interesting to a wide readership.
Malagasy Conostigmus (Hymenoptera: Ceraphronoidea) and the secret of scutes

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– A new methodology applied for taxonomic studies
Multiple, independent colonizations of the Hawaiian Archipelago by the family Dolichopodidae (Diptera)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Substantial coverage of an interesting group, and an interesting evolutionary story.
Biology of tiny animals: three new species of minute salamanders (Plethodontidae: Thorius) from Oaxaca, Mexico

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– Describes species and characterizes the taxonomic diversity of this enigmatic group of salamanders, and provides a conservation assessment of species of this group.

Discussing these articles

Aggregations and parental care in the Early Triassic basal cynodonts Galesaurus planiceps and Thrinaxodon liorhinus https://t.co/f9qxrrrS5j

Newly discovered salamanders may be doomed
http://www.sfchronicle.com/science/article/Newly-discovered-salamanders-may-be-doomed-10634227.php#photo-11854520

Tiny Salamanders Represent Three New Species
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/science/tiny-salamanders-represent-three-new-species.html?_r=0

Sale temps pour les microsalamandres
http://www.lemonde.fr/sciences/article/2016/11/21/sale-temps-pour-les-microsalamandres_5035370_1650684.html#meter_toaster

Three matchstick-sized salamander species discovered, already dying out
http://www.earthtouchnews.com/discoveries/new-species/three-matchstick-sized-salamander-species-discovered-already-dying-out

Gizmodo: Scientists Just Discovered Three Adorably Tiny New Salamanders
http://gizmodo.com/scientists-just-discovered-three-adorably-tiny-new-sala-1788975331

Berkeley News: Newly discovered salamander species, world’s smallest, already endangered
http://news.berkeley.edu/story_jump/newly-discovered-salamander-species-worlds-smallest-already-endangered/

National Geographic: 3 Tiny Salamander Species Found, Each Smaller Than a Coin
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/salamanders-amphibians-mexico-endangered/