Zoological Science

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The oldest Archaeopteryx (Theropoda: Avialiae): a new specimen from the Kimmeridgian/Tithonian boundary of Schamhaupten, Bavaria

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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

Editor rating: 8 / 10

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

Editor rating: 9 / 10

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?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.
Function of JARID2 in bovines during early embryonic development

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Shao-Chen Sun –– This work provided the basic roles of JARID2 on bovine oocytes.
Multi-scale and multi-site resampling of a study area in spatial genetics: implications for flying insect species

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Michael Huston –– Some of the logistical constraints on obtaining adequate genetic samples and interpreting their patterns over large complex regions can be addressed by multi-scale spatial analyses of the data.
In silico identification of off-target pesticidal dsRNA binding in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– The article deals with a new biotechnology with broad application in agriculture but with a potential risk for non target insects
Evaluating the role of wild songbirds or rodents in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Peirong Jiao –– Wild songbirds or rodents play a key role in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape.
Age-based and reproductive biology of the Pacific Longnose Parrotfish Hipposcarus longiceps from Guam

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– A thorough assessment of the growth patterns and reproductive biology of a commercially important parrotfish species.
Adult zebra finches rehearse highly variable song patterns during sleep

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Lesley Rogers –– Rehearsal during sleep and memory consolidation is a big issue. This is an excellent paper.

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JAMA News: "Songbirds, rodents not likely vectors in avian influenza outbreak"
https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/180301q.aspx

Newsweek: "150-Million-Year-Old Feathered Dinosaur Fossil Proves Prehistoric Birds Lived Longer Than Previously Believed"
http://www.newsweek.com/150-million-year-old-feathered-dinosaur-fossil-proves-prehistoric-birds-lived-791424

The Guardian: "The new specimen forcing a radical rethink of Archaeopteryx "
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/the-new-specimen-forcing-a-radical-rethink-of-archaeopteryx