Zoological Science

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Asymmetry of mandibular dentition is associated with dietary specialization in snail-eating snakes

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Lesley Rogers –– This paper on snakes relates dentition asymmetry to asymmetry of the prey eaten.
Facilitating permeability of landscapes impacted by roads for protected amphibians: patterns of movement for the great crested newt

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Stephen Wratten –– vital work on amphibian movement dynamics
Inhibition of calcineurin by FK506 stimulates germinal vesicle breakdown of mouse oocytes in hypoxanthine-supplemented medium

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Shao-Chen Sun –– Introducing the use of the inhibitor with the oocyte model.
Off the scale: a new species of fish-scale gecko (Squamata: Gekkonidae: Geckolepis) with exceptionally large scales

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– A very thorough study on a highly unusual group of geckos.
A new glimpse on Mesozoic zooplankton—150 million-year-old lobster larvae

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– Despite the high importance and diversity of modern zooplankton, still comparatively little is known about plankton in the distant of the geological past. The authors report some of the oldest known fossil "clawed lobster" larvae. Mostly their presence is mostly inferred based on the phylogeny and fossil record of adult stages.
Three new karst-dwelling Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata; Gekkoniade) from Peninsular Thailand and the phylogenetic placement of C. punctatonuchalis and C. vandeventeri

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Keith Crandall –– As biodiversity is continuously threatened and negatively impacted, studies like this that not only describe the basic taxonomic units of biodiversity, but place that information in a rich, phylogenetic, ecological, morphological, and geographic setting are essential.
Osmolyte regulation by TonEBP/NFAT5 during anoxia-recovery and dehydration–rehydration stresses in the freeze-tolerant wood frog (Rana sylvatica)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dunxian Tan –– This observation provides novel information in the field of ischemia/reperfusion protection
Diversity and distribution of the Caddisflies (Insecta: Trichoptera) of Ecuador

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Nicely written, concise, and complete. An article that exemplifies good scientific writing and communication.
Optimizing the use of a sensor resource for opponent polarization coding

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Mario Negrello –– This article contains an insighful and thorough analysis of the physical constraints for encoding and the processing of information in polarized vision, and more specifically, in polarization opponency. This article is exemplary for the field of neural coding in that it covers multiple angles in the analysis with solid logics and deep appreciation for the biological phenomenon under study.
Aggregations and parental care in the Early Triassic basal cynodonts Galesaurus planiceps and Thrinaxodon liorhinus

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Hans-Dieter Sues –– Very interesting study with implications for the ontogeny of stem-mammals.

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New York Times: "Newly Discovered Gecko Escapes Danger Naked and Alive"

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A new fish-scale gecko from Madagascar

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