Zoological Science

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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
Experimental exposure to urban and pink noise affects brain development and song learning in zebra finches (Taenopygia guttata)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– The authors are attempting to identify mechanisms by which songbirds may alter their songs as a function of urban environments. The results speak to plasticity and impact of the human environment on indigenous species.
Pseudorhabdosynochus sulamericanus (Monogenea, Diplectanidae), a parasite of deep-sea groupers (Serranidae) occurs transatlantically on three congeneric hosts (Hyporthodus spp.), one from the Mediterranean Sea and two from the western Atlantic

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Marta Riutort –– The article presents new data, both morphological and molecular, supporting a strange pattern of distribution for a parasite. This is probably only a first step but interesting to understand how these animals disperse and differentiate.
Temporal dynamics of the developing lung transcriptome in three common inbred strains of laboratory mice reveals multiple stages of postnatal alveolar development

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joan Heath –– The data-sets are extremely comprehensive (multiple time-points during development and postnatally) and the analyses are carefully performed. The data will be extremely useful to many mouse biologists, especially those working in the lung development field.
The antioxidative properties of S-allyl cysteine not only influence somatic cells but also improve early embryo cleavage in pigs

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xiang-Jiao Yang –– This is important for embryo manipulation in vitro.
The masquerade game: marine mimicry adaptation between egg-cowries and octocorals

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– An interesting study that add to the understanding of the evolution of mimicry in egg-cowrie gastropods and also provides a creative learning tool implementation.
New holostean fishes (Actinopterygii: Neopterygii) from the Middle Triassic of the Monte San Giorgio (Canton Ticino, Switzerland)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jérémy Anquetin –– A model of morphological description and interesting ecomorphological study.
Protogyny in a tropical damselfish: females queue for future benefit

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Louise Barrett –– This is a fascinating system, and this is a well designed study.
The crouching of the shrew: Mechanical consequences of limb posture in small mammals

Editor rating: 7 / 10

John Hutchinson –– Fascinating case of 2 animals of different limb posture but similar dynamics at same speed in some ways, yet divergent in others. Makes sense and adds to our understanding of size, posture and gait.

Discussing these articles

https://t.co/HAR1gsJxLW My Pseudorhabdosynochus sulamericanus article was published 1 year ago today in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ

'The masquerade game: marine mimicry adaptation between egg-cowries and octocorals' #OpenAccess @thePeerJ https://t.co/k9sT2RShfQ

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/

Press Release: "Aftermath of a mass extinction"
http://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2016/lopezarbarello_ticinolepis.html