Editor rating: 8 / 10Hans-Dieter Sues –– An important review of new early Eocene carnivorous placentals that draws on both parsimony and Bayesian methods for phylogeny reconstruction.
Editor rating: 9 / 10James Reimer –– A massive and detailed work which comparatively examines and summarizes the internal anatomy of the class Staurazoa for the first time, illustrated with an enormous set of figures. This manuscript will serve as a useful reference on this understudied group of animals for years to come.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Marcio Pie –– It provides an important advance toward our understanding of a highly diverse group of flies.
Editor rating: 7 / 10William Jungers –– Even with its small sample sizes, it expands our understanding of the basic bone biology of a poorly known mammalian species, and this information may be of use to other nonspecialist scientists in paleontology and conservation biology.
Editor rating: 9 / 10Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study presents novel phylogenomic data to assess the evolutionary relationships between scleractinians and corallimorpharians, and provides insights in the understanding of the evolution of calcification in the coral lineage.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Hans-Dieter Sues –– Important contribution to understanding early diversification of crown-group salamanders.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Marta Riutort –– The article uses up-to-date methodologies and new data to analyse an issue that is in between biogeography, phylogeny and ecology, which is very interesting since many ecological work does not have into account evolution, and many times also evolutionary work does not have into account how habitats can affect organisms histories and evolutionary success.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Ingrid Weiss –– This work is highly cross-disciplinary, aiming at developing and combining novel methodological approaches.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mark Young –– The pterosaur braincase is still somewhat poorly understand, thus making this contribution both timely and extremely important. It will help researchers document the neuroanatomical changes of the first volant vertebrate clade.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mark Young –– The manuscript is a well written that furthers understanding on North American aetosaurs. Particularly, in relation to identifying closely related species.
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