Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

Profiling soil microbial communities with next-generation sequencing: the influence of DNA kit selection and technician technical expertise
Juan Riesgo-Escovar –– It addresses methodological problems that hinder comparison of these type of results from different publications.
Simulations indicate that scores of lionfish (Pterois volitans) colonized the Atlantic Ocean
Mark Hixon –– This study provides insight on the size of the founding introduced population that gave rise to one of the worst marine invasions in history.
Multi-scale and multi-site resampling of a study area in spatial genetics: implications for flying insect species
Michael Huston –– Some of the logistical constraints on obtaining adequate genetic samples and interpreting their patterns over large complex regions can be addressed by multi-scale spatial analyses of the data.
The shell morphology of the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) trionychid turtle Helopanoplia distincta
Christopher Noto –– This article describes an important but poorly-diagnosed taxon of pan-trionychid turtle that will have an impact on understanding the phylogeny of plastomenids, as well as address issues of extinction across the K-Pg boundary, and biogeography of Laramidia.
Shift of symbiont communities in Acropora tenuis juveniles under heat stress
Joseph Gillespie –– This is important work on a small scale, pertaining to the biology of these corals. But it is further ecological significance, and thus will be of interest to marine biologists ecologists and environmental scientists.
Introgression between ecologically distinct species following increased salinity in the Colorado Delta- Worldwide implications for impacted estuary diversity
Therese Markow –– It's a first and the data are very strong/
Cranial osteology of the pampathere Holmesina floridanus (Xenarthra: Cingulata; Blancan NALMA), including a description of an isolated petrosal bone
Erik Seiffert –– This is the first highly detailed description of the cranial anatomy of a pampatheriid, an extinct group of armadillos. This information will undoubtedly prove to be invaluable to students of armadillo evolution, and will allow for more informed assessment of cranial characters that will be incorporated into future phylogenetic analyses of this fascinating clade of xenarthran mammals.
Genome-wide identification of ABA receptor PYL family and expression analysis of PYLs in response to ABA and osmotic stress in Gossypium
Pankaj Jaiswal –– It contributes to PYL gene family annotation in cotton.
Cell wall composition and lignin biosynthetic gene expression along a developmental gradient in an Australian sugarcane cultivar
Pankaj Jaiswal –– It is an important piece of work describing the cell wall composition from an agronomic food crop that is also a potential bioenergy feedstock.
Age-based and reproductive biology of the Pacific Longnose Parrotfish Hipposcarus longiceps from Guam
James Reimer –– A thorough assessment of the growth patterns and reproductive biology of a commercially important parrotfish species.
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#UF #GeospatialScience researchers Drs. Yang & @JasonKBlackburn's latest #MedGeo paper Exploring environmental coverages of species: a new variable contribution estimation in @thePeerJ https://t.co/8s3k89cv6J @UF @UFExplore @SEERLAB_UF @EPI_UF code at https://t.co/Hqca6NQg1m https://t.co/WQZNNv3g3C


So my paper on sexual dimorphism in dinosaurs with gharials as a model is now out: https://t.co/s1Yye6eDaV Thanks to my coauthors @WitmerLab @Jordan_Mallon @thepatrick_h Long and detailed blogpost here: https://t.co/kCHLvqLYn0 https://t.co/I1TvFOF8OW

The spindle assembly checkpoint and speciation https://t.co/6krZr0g1oG @thePeerJ https://t.co/15M0PZlPo7

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/1n1T1PGtgy #Anthropology #Nutrition #Orthopedics #Pediatrics #PublicHealth

Assessment and simulation of land use and land cover change impacts on the land surface temperature of Chaoyang District in Beijing, China https://t.co/zF91wYtqz4 @thePeerJ

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Discover Magazine: Dozens—Perhaps Even Hundreds—of Lionfish Likely Launched the Atlantic Invasion
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science-sushi/2017/12/27/dozens-perhaps-even-hundreds-of-lionfish-likely-launched-the-atlantic-invasion/