Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

An exceptionally preserved armored dinosaur reveals the morphology and allometry of osteoderms and their horny epidermal coverings
Mathew Wedel –– Probably the most detailed study of nodosaur armor to date, should have broad interest and applicability in future studies of armored dinosaurs, and cross-disciplinary interest since it deals with allometry of keratin sheaths and underlying bone, which is also important in mammals, birds, and extant reptiles.
Coral-associated viral communities show high levels of diversity and host auxiliary functions
Fabiano Thompson –– addresses virus diversity in reef systems, and roles in genome plasticity.
Gene and genome-centric analyses of koala and wombat fecal microbiomes point to metabolic specialization for Eucalyptus digestion
Peter Prentis –– This article is the first comparative analysis of marsupial microbiomes.
Adult zebra finches rehearse highly variable song patterns during sleep
Lesley Rogers –– Rehearsal during sleep and memory consolidation is a big issue. This is an excellent paper.
The ultimate legs of Chilopoda (Myriapoda): a review on their morphological disparity and functional variability
Graciela Piñeiro –– This is an interesting review about the centipede morphology and functional biology, particularly focused on the anatomical variability of the last pair of legs and their adaptability to different functions. Although apparently restricted to myriapod specialists, the paper may have a moderate broader impact in general studies on the origin, variability and adaptations of the arthropod appendages.
Vegetation structure of plantain-based agrosystems determines numerical dominance in community of ground-dwelling ants
Budiman Minasny –– It evaluates factors affecting ant distribution in the tropics
Anthropogenic water sources and the effects on Sonoran Desert small mammal communities
Jianhua Xu –– This study was to investigate the effects of AWS on desert rodent communities. The work compared AWS sites and non-AWS control sites by an appropriate statistical method, the principal component analysis (PCA).
Composition, diversity and function of intestinal microbiota in pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) at different culture stages
Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– in my opinion, it is very important to know the composition of gut microbiota in different culture stages to know the microbial health status and make plan to control any future disease outbreak!
New species of the endemic Neotropical caddisfly genus Contulma from the Andes of Ecuador (Trichoptera: Anomalopsychidae)
Joseph Gillespie –– New species description
Scaldiporia vandokkumi, a new pontoporiid (Mammalia, Cetacea, Odontoceti) from the Late Miocene to earliest Pliocene of the Westerschelde estuary (The Netherlands)
Mark Young –– This manuscript is an important contribution to our understanding of estuarine cetaceans.
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Origin identification of migratory pests (European Starling) using geochemical fingerprinting https://t.co/Ma3fScfP2Q @thePeerJ https://t.co/diJSD1ID4E

Just published! Although my contribution was minimal, I now have a darter paper. Check it out: Phylogeography of the Yazoo Darter https://t.co/fqTgw4MRco via @thePeerJ https://t.co/pEibwcj7CW

Just published today! my article on Public priorities on sea level rise https://t.co/xDrg1hUPDA. Stay safe.

Moonlighting from my day job again, sequenced microsatellites are the future! #microsatellitesnotdead. Thank you @olepais for allowing me to contribute! Fast SSRseq development https://t.co/mnMUAhCq4f via @thePeerJ

On the importance of spatial scales on beta diversity of coral assemblages: a study from Venezuelan coral reefs https://t.co/pwl81Ums2A @thePeerJ https://t.co/om2OQO6YdI

Stunning Dinosaur Likely Used Armor to Flirt as Well as Fight
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/nodosaur-borealopelta-armor-social-sexual-defense-science/