Zoological Science

Moving to 3D: relationships between coral planar area, surface area and volume
Ronaldo Francini-Filho –– Tech tools for coral reef research are emerging fast and boosting science
Complex versus simple models: ion-channel cardiac toxicity prediction
Heiko Enderling –– This article discusses the contributions of quantitative models in predicting biology, and makes an important point about the balance of simplicity/complexity/accuracy/usefulness of biophysical models. If simple models capture biological complexity, the use of more detailed models must be properly justified.
Evaluating the adaptive evolutionary convergence of carnivorous plant taxa through functional genomics
Todd Vision –– This is a novel and innovative approach to studying the genomic correlates of convergent evolution. It is likely to inspire similar studies in other systems and for other kinds of genomic changes, as well as bioinformatic work to refine and extend the methods.
Gene-based association study for lipid traits in diverse cohorts implicates BACE1 and SIDT2 regulation in triglyceride levels
Steven Buyske –– The article shows genetics associations of lipid traits in populations (cohorts from Nigeria and the Philippines) not previously studied. Besides confirming some associations already found in Europeans, the authors found novel associations in BACE1 and SIDT2.
The oldest Archaeopteryx (Theropoda: Avialiae): a new specimen from the Kimmeridgian/Tithonian boundary of Schamhaupten, Bavaria
Mark Young –– This manuscript is an excellent, thorough description of a new specimen of the iconic early bird Archaeopteryx.
Molecular and serological dynamics of Chlamydia pecorum infection in a longitudinal study of prime lamb production
Joseph Gillespie –– It is important for the agricultural industry and the knowledge base for C. percorum infection dynamics
Molecular phylogenetics of swimming crabs (Portunoidea Rafinesque, 1815) supports a revised family-level classification and suggests a single derived origin of symbiotic taxa
Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– very much fantastic work in the field of taxonomy, both in classical and molecular approach!
The old and the new plankton: ecological replacement of associations of mollusc plankton and giant filter feeders after the Cretaceous?
Kenneth De Baets –– The manuscript reviews the potential replacement of associations of mollusc plankton and giant filter feeders from the Mesozoic to the modern. It will therefore be of interest to biologists, ecologists and paleontologists.
Boundaries in ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and environmental variables at the edges of forest patches with residential developments
Scott Ferrenberg –– This article introduces, in a tangible way, methods for combining biological data with environmental data to identify boundaries and edge effects free of bias from the human point of view. This set of techniques could substantially improve our understanding of why species are affected by some edge conditions but go seemingly unaffected by others. The potential use of this approach in conservation and protected area delineation is clear, but I also see other possible applications such as determining the factors that influence spatial patterns in plant productivity and biogeochemical processes.
Small-scale screening of anticancer drugs acting specifically on neural stem/progenitor cells derived from human-induced pluripotent stem cells using a time-course cytotoxicity test
Elena González-Burgos –– Novelty
Zoological Science

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Evaluation of a novel syndromic surveillance system for the detection of the 2007 #melamine-related #nephrotoxicosis foodborne outbreak in dogs and cats in the USA. The novel syndromic surveillance system can accurately detect foodborne illness outbreaks https://t.co/5iLJNPRXqa https://t.co/WfvDLMF0PC

So my paper on sexual dimorphism in dinosaurs with gharials as a model is now out: https://t.co/s1Yye6eDaV Thanks to my coauthors @WitmerLab @Jordan_Mallon @thepatrick_h Long and detailed blogpost here: https://t.co/kCHLvqLYn0 https://t.co/I1TvFOF8OW

The spindle assembly checkpoint and speciation https://t.co/6krZr0g1oG @thePeerJ https://t.co/15M0PZlPo7

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/1n1T1PGtgy #Anthropology #Nutrition #Orthopedics #Pediatrics #PublicHealth

Assessment and simulation of land use and land cover change impacts on the land surface temperature of Chaoyang District in Beijing, China https://t.co/zF91wYtqz4 @thePeerJ

A @thePeerJ service, emails reminding to spread the news. Be the 101st. 100 visitors to my 'Phylogenetic relationships in the southern African genus Drosanthemum (Ruschioideae, Aizoaceae)' article published in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ https://t.co/BSH9ZKEgSU

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/F7uf4weF4H #AtmosphericChemistry #EnvironmentalImpacts #Forestry

Public perspectives and media reporting of wolf reintroduction in Colorado https://t.co/AG4Lgpap87 @thePeerJ https://t.co/bYHkbsOuIc

Genome-based development of 15 microsatellite markers in fluorescent multiplexes for parentage testing in captive tigers https://t.co/bns7np9P6j @thePeerJ https://t.co/3edhLczR1G

Newsweek: "150-Million-Year-Old Feathered Dinosaur Fossil Proves Prehistoric Birds Lived Longer Than Previously Believed"

The Guardian: "The new specimen forcing a radical rethink of Archaeopteryx "