Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

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.
Hyainailourine and teratodontine cranial material from the late Eocene of Egypt and the application of parsimony and Bayesian methods to the phylogeny and biogeography of Hyaenodonta (Placentalia, Mammalia)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Hans-Dieter Sues –– An important review of new early Eocene carnivorous placentals that draws on both parsimony and Bayesian methods for phylogeny reconstruction.
Comparative internal anatomy of Staurozoa (Cnidaria), with functional and evolutionary inferences

Editor rating: 9 / 10

James 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.
Molecular phylogeny of the megadiverse insect infraorder Bibionomorpha sensu lato (Diptera)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Marcio Pie –– It provides an important advance toward our understanding of a highly diverse group of flies.
Histological variability in the limb bones of the Asiatic wild ass and its significance for life history inferences

Editor rating: 7 / 10

William 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.
Corallimorpharians are not “naked corals”: insights into relationships between Scleractinia and Corallimorpharia from phylogenomic analyses

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Mauricio 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.
A new hynobiid-like salamander (Amphibia, Urodela) from Inner Mongolia, China, provides a rare case study of developmental features in an Early Cretaceous fossil urodele

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Hans-Dieter Sues –– Important contribution to understanding early diversification of crown-group salamanders.
The origin of widespread species in a poor dispersing lineage (diving beetle genus Deronectes)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Marta 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.
Comparative cephalopod shell strength and the role of septum morphology on stress distribution

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Ingrid Weiss –– This work is highly cross-disciplinary, aiming at developing and combining novel methodological approaches.
A Jurassic pterosaur from Patagonia and the origin of the pterodactyloid neurocranium

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mark 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.

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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/

News.Mic: "A new relative of the pterodactyl was discovered in Patagonia"
https://mic.com/articles/153173/a-new-relative-of-the-pterodactyl-was-discovered-in-patagonia#.HXFBZPbcd

Daily Mail: Revealed: "200 million-year-old intact skull of a new species of pterosaur is found in Patagonia"
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3764954/remains-bizarre-flying-reptile-Patagonia.html

RedOrbit: "New pterosaur species discovered in southern Argentina: Meet Allkauren koi"
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113415653/new-pterosaur-species-083016/