Editor rating: 6 / 10Stephanie Pierce –– It is important to understand the correct phylogenetic relationships of early tetrapods so we can make broader evolutionary hypotheses (e.g. ecology, function etc).
Editor rating: 7 / 10Jérémy Anquetin –– Detailed description of morphological variability in early turtles
Editor rating: 7 / 10Hans-Dieter Sues –– Important records of Cretaceous ornithopod dinosaurs from Australia.
Editor rating: 9 / 10Kenneth De Baets –– The manuscript introduces a new metric for drift potential of cephalopod shells relevant for paleontologist and biologists. When applying it on fossil ammonoids and modern nautilids, the author demonstrates that long post-mortem drift is more than sometimes claimed and that their geographic ranges are reasonable proxies for geographic range during life making it also of great interest to biogeographers and ecologists. The results also suggest the presence modern or recently extirpated populations of Nautilus in the Indian ocean, which is of relevance for conservation efforts.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Kenneth De Baets –– This article allow back to track the origin of strepsipteran parasitic lifestyle back ca. 100 million years indicating an exceptional case of evolutionary stasis.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mark Young –– This contribution is important as it is one of a growing number of papers that is elucidating the evolution of marine turtles. Compared to other Mesozoic marine reptiles, the evolution, taxonomy and comparative anatomy of marine turtles is still poorly understood.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Mathew Wedel –– This work is legitimately groundbreaking in its scope and in its potential to move the field forward. The papers in this series seem destined to become citation classics.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Mathew Wedel –– This work is legitimately groundbreaking in its scope and in its potential to move the field forward. The papers in this series seem destined to become citation classics. (Applies to all three papers in this series.)
Editor rating: 8 / 10J. Thewissen –– Modern toothed whales (odontocetes) are interesting because they are able to shed the design constraints that most mammals, including Eocene whales, have (for instance, in the number of teeth and the number of phalanges). Early odontocetes, such as the one described here, are on that path: they are exploring the limits of the mammalian bauplan. We don't know much about the morphology of these groups, so every fossil described helps us understand that evolutionary exploration better.
Editor rating: 6 / 10Tomas Hrbek –– A fine contribution of our understanding of the evolution of Inioid dolphins and how and when South American freshwater habitats were colonized.
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