Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

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In situ morphometric survey elucidates the evolutionary systematics of the Eurasian Himantoglossum clade (Orchidaceae: Orchidinae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

David Roberts –– Brings together and adds more knowledge of this clade, including new data thus representing a monograph
Three new karst-dwelling Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata; Gekkoniade) from Peninsular Thailand and the phylogenetic placement of C. punctatonuchalis and C. vandeventeri

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Keith Crandall –– As biodiversity is continuously threatened and negatively impacted, studies like this that not only describe the basic taxonomic units of biodiversity, but place that information in a rich, phylogenetic, ecological, morphological, and geographic setting are essential.
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

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