Paleontology and Evolutionary Science

Cranial morphology of Sinovenator changii (Theropoda: Troodontidae) on the new material from the Yixian Formation of western Liaoning, China

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Hans-Dieter Sues –– Important study on troodontid cranial structure.
Gorgonopsian therapsids (Nochnitsa gen. nov. and Viatkogorgon) from the Permian Kotelnich locality of Russia

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mark Young –– Gorgonopsians are an unstudied clade, which this paper helps to begin to rectify.
Quantitative histological models suggest endothermy in plesiosaurs

Editor rating: 6 / 10

J. Thewissen –– New method that is applicable to multiple animal groups.
Cranial anatomy of Bellusaurus sui (Dinosauria: Eusauropoda) from the Middle-Late Jurassic Shishugou Formation of northwest China and a review of sauropod cranial ontogeny

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Andrew Farke –– Detailed description of an important taxon for sauropod workers.
Assessing canalisation of intraspecific variation on a macroevolutionary scale: the case of crinoid arms through the Phanerozoic

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Philip Cox –– This is a thorough study on an extensive dataset that will provide a model for other such macroevolutionary investigations.
Fingerprinting snakes: paleontological and paleoecological implications of zygantral growth rings in Serpentes

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Andrew Farke –– This study presents data applicable for many paleontologists in trying to establish life history information for snakes extant and extinct.
Large mammal burrows in late Miocene calcic paleosols from central Argentina: paleoenvironment, taphonomy and producers

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Claudia Marsicano –– It applies a novel analysis to the study of vertebrate burrows, therefore opening a new avenue for future research in the area.
A quantitative approach to determine the taxonomic identity and ontogeny of the pycnodontiform fish Pycnodus (Neopterygii, Actinopterygii) from the Eocene of Bolca Lagerstätte, Italy

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– This is an nice example using fossil fish of how quantitative methods can be used to revise the status of oversplitting of fossil species into a more biological species concept. This could also be used to resolve various other oversplitted species.
Tetrapod tracks in Permo–Triassic eolian beds of southern Brazil (Paraná Basin)

Section Editor rating: 6 / 10

Andrew Farke –– Detailed description of track morphotypes with a broad global distribution.
An examination of the impact of Olson’s extinction on tetrapods from Texas

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– I think that the article will be a good referent for future studies on this particularly controversial extinction. It is based on a convincing stratigraphically controlled list of data and offers an approach to the causes that could have amplified the abrupt declining in tetrapod diversity observed during the Redtankian period.

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Dinosaur time! Cranial morphology of Sinovenator changii (Theropoda: Troodontidae) on the new material from the Yixian Formation of western Liaoning, China https://t.co/VLINx5XWhn New in @thePeerJ

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/XqXg3pxY3o #Paleontology #Taxonomy #Zoology #FossilFriday

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New at @thePeerJ: Quantitative histological models suggest endothermy in #plesiosaurs https://t.co/z5tA2Mkr8D #reptiles #PeerJ

ベルサウルスの頭蓋解剖学と竜脚類頭蓋、個体発生のレビュー 論文フリー https://t.co/aG5R5OzGiE https://t.co/6bjGiokyZo

Glad to see this published: Assessing canalisation of intraspecific variation on a macroevolutionary scale: the case of #crinoid arms through the #Phanerozoic https://t.co/IxjdFj99K3 via @thePeerJ #paleobiology #paleontology https://t.co/K9i8e99KEI

Fingerprinting snakes: paleontological and paleoecological implications of zygantral growth rings in Serpentes https://t.co/TVDSmgogPG

Large mammal burrows in late Miocene calcic paleosols from central Argentina: paleoenvironment, taphonomy and producers https://t.co/6dr0TeDKVD

New article by myself & coauthors in @thePeerJ on use of geometric morphometrics to see if any of the many names belonging to Pycnodus have any validity. Also discuss body change during ontogeny! https://t.co/ID5YxWORuF #Ecology #EvolutionaryStudies #Paleontology #Taxonomy

Tetrapod tracks in Permo–Triassic eolian beds of southern Brazil (Paraná Basin) https://t.co/kJTLqTAAAK

Olson's Extinction in Texas https://t.co/6rgwowfpdD via @thePeerJ