Zoological Science

A new hynobiid-like salamander (Amphibia, Urodela) from Inner Mongolia, China, provides a rare case study of developmental features in an Early Cretaceous fossil urodele

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Hans-Dieter Sues –– Important contribution to understanding early diversification of crown-group salamanders.
The origin of widespread species in a poor dispersing lineage (diving beetle genus Deronectes)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Marta Riutort –– The article uses up-to-date methodologies and new data to analyse an issue that is in between biogeography, phylogeny and ecology, which is very interesting since many ecological work does not have into account evolution, and many times also evolutionary work does not have into account how habitats can affect organisms histories and evolutionary success.
The evidence of porcine hemagglutinating encephalomyelitis virus induced nonsuppurative encephalitis as the cause of death in piglets

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Peirong Jiao –– This article provided good reference for the experimental diagnosis of PHEV infection for pig breeding, and promoted its new effective vaccine development.
Comparative cephalopod shell strength and the role of septum morphology on stress distribution

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Ingrid Weiss –– This work is highly cross-disciplinary, aiming at developing and combining novel methodological approaches.
Decoupling social status and status certainty effects on health in macaques: a network approach

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Louise Barrett –– It uses a novel network methodology to address questions of broad interest to those who study social animals.
Digital Accessible Knowledge and well-inventoried sites for birds in Mexico: baseline sites for measuring faunistic change

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– The use of onpen access databases for monitoring biodiversity trends must increase to improve transparency (traceability of data) and expedite societal awareness of the trends in biodiversity from species to ecosystems.
Stable isotope analysis (δ13C and δ15N) of soil nematodes from four feeding groups

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– A good one
Aquatic insects dealing with dehydration: do desiccation resistance traits differ in species with contrasting habitat preferences?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Marta Sánchez –– This study provide new data on desiccation resistance in aquatic beetles, which is important to understand their presence and distribution in aquatic environments; these data can be relevant in the context of climate change due to the expected drought intensification, particularly important in semi-arid regions
You can hide but you can’t run: apparent competition, predator responses and the decline of Arctic ground squirrels in boreal forests of the southwest Yukon

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Leon Higley –– It offers data on predator-prey relationships that is clear and convincing.
Ancient phylogenetic divergence of the enigmatic African rodent Zenkerella and the origin of anomalurid gliding

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– important contribution to the systematics and classification of an enigmatic taxon; important contribution to evolution of "flight" and also biogeography; first tissue samples suitable for molecular analyses

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The Christian Science Monitor: "What is a Zenkerella?"
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0817/What-is-a-Zenkerella

RedOrbit: "Scaly-tailed squirrel described as the ‘ultimate Pokémon’"
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113415457/scaly-taled-squirrel-081616/#dv8TyHOpJmvZMUsw.99

CNN: "A real-life Pokemon: On the trail of a mysterious squirrel"
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/16/health/ancient-squirrel-real-life-pokemon/

The Washington Post: "Scientists finally found Zenkerella, the world’s most mysterious mammal"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/16/scientists-finally-found-zenkerella-the-worlds-most-mysterious-mammal/