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.
Editor rating: 6 / 10Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva –– An important contribution to understanding the evolution of pollination in tropical plants.
Editor rating: 6 / 10William Amos –– there is increasing interest in measuring 'evolution', so the ability to use phylogenies to estimate speciation rates is of considerable utility. However, the methods are non-trivial and this paper does a good job of assessing which methods work best and under what circumstances.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Kenneth De Baets –– The authors describe new finds of a widespread trace fossil and manage to use it to constrain the anatomy of its producer. It will therefore be relevant for ichnologist, (paleo)biologists and (paleo)ecologists.
Editor rating: 6 / 10Joseph Gillespie –– New info on old stoneflies!!!
Editor rating: 7 / 10Graciela Piñeiro –– This is an important contribution to the dinosaur reproductive behavior, and offers a pormenorized study of the evidence to suggest the presence of a cuticle-like layer in oviraptorid and alvarezsaurid dinosaur eggs.
Editor rating: 6 / 10Hans-Dieter Sues –– Description of previously poorly studied material of Late Cretaceous ceratopsids and assessment of cranial variability in this clade.
Editor rating: 6 / 10Erik Seiffert –– This paper presents novel osteohistological data from fossil species that are critically important for our understanding of the evolution of mammalian physiology and anatomy.
Editor rating: 6 / 10Mark Young –– While this is a fragmentary fossil specimen, it is important as the fossil record of pygmy right whales is poorly known (and thus their evolutionary history is poorly known).
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