Category Archives: Literature

Three recent publications in Nature, PNAS and Nature Ecology and Evolution


Reconciling taxon senescence with the Red Queen’s hypothesis (Zliobaite, Fortelius, Stenseth)

About it:


Productivity, biodiversity, and pathogens influence the global hunter-gatherer population density (Tallavaara, Eronen, Luoto)

Press release in English:

Press release in Finnish:


The rise and fall of the Old World savannah fauna and the origins of the African savannah biome (Kaya, Bibi, Zliobaite, Eronen, Tang, Fortelius)

(Access unfortunately not provided by our university):

About it:

Kirjauutuus: Jääkauden jälkeläiset

Pirkko Ukkonen ja Kristiina Mannermaa
Suomen lintujen ja nisäkkäiden varhainen historia

Museovirasto 2017, 240 s.

“Museoviraston uunituore Jääkauden jälkeläiset -julkaisu on kertomus Suomessa jääkauden aikana eläneistä eläimistä, niiden väistymisestä ilmaston muuttuessa ja nykyisten lintu- ja nisäkäslajien saapumisesta maahan sen vapautuessa lopullisesti jäästä ja jäätikön sulavesistä. Yleistajuinen kirja on suunnattu kaikille muinaisuudesta kiinnostuneille lukijoille, mutta se toimii myös tietolähteenä, oppikirjana ja hakuteoksena tutkijoille, opettajille, opiskelijoille ja medialle.”


JEZ Special Issue on Turtle Origins and Evolution, freely available

Dear colleagues:

The new Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 324(3): 169–314 is a Special Issue on Turtle Origins and Evolution that I have edited.

This issue is inspired by a symposium that was held at the 10th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, and many participants from that symposium have contributed papers here. All articles are “Freely Available” for the next three months.


The dawn of chelonian research: Turtles between comparative anatomy and embryology in the 19th century (pages 169–180)
Kate MacCord, Guido Caniglia, Jacqueline E. Moustakas-Verho and Ann C. Burke
DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22587

The origin of turtles: A paleontological perspective (pages 181–193)
Walter G. Joyce
DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22609

The evolutionary origin of the turtle shell and its dependence on the axial arrest of the embryonic rib cage (pages 194–207)
Tatsuya Hirasawa, Juan Pascual-Anaya, Naoki Kamezaki, Mari Taniguchi, Kanako Mine and Shigeru Kuratani
DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22579

Emerging from the rib: Resolving the turtle controversies (pages 208–220)
Ritva Rice, Paul Riccio, Scott F. Gilbert and Judith Cebra-Thomas
DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22600

The integumental appendages of the turtle shell: An evo-devo perspective (pages 221–229)
Jacqueline E. Moustakas-Verho and Gennadii O. Cherepanov
DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22619

Modeling neck mobility in fossil turtles (pages 230–243)
Ingmar Werneburg, Juliane K. Hinz, Michaela Gumpenberger, Virginie Volpato, Nikolay Natchev and Walter G. Joyce
DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22557

On the homology of the shoulder girdle in turtles (pages 244–254)
Hiroshi Nagashima, Fumiaki Sugahara, Masaki Takechi, Noboru Sato and Shigeru Kuratani
DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22584

A comparative examination of odontogenic gene expression in both toothed and toothless amniotes (pages 255–269)
Alexis J. Lainoff, Jacqueline E. Moustakas-Verho, Diane Hu, Aki Kallonen, Ralph S. Marcucio and Leslea J. Hlusko
DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22594

Do turtles follow the rules? Latitudinal gradients in species richness, body size, and geographic range area of the world’s turtles (pages 270–294)
Kenneth D. Angielczyk, Robert W. Burroughs and Chris. R. Feldman
DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22602

Loggerhead sea turtle environmental sex determination: Implications of moisture and temperature for climate change based predictions for species survival (pages 295–314)
Jeanette Wyneken and Alexandra Lolavar
DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22620
Wiley has published a version of this article without corrections following review, and we are currently waiting for them to publish the finished article as an erratum.


Island Biogeography Revisited: an online experiment on book reading club

GrrlScientist (of the Guardian, among other things) and BiK-F / Senckenberg are doing an interesting reading experiment:

Discussion of the first chapter online:

Ten Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientific Data

‘Today, most research projects are considered complete when a journal article based on the analysis has been written and published. The trouble is, the amount of real data and data description in modern publications is almost never sufficient to repeat or even statistically verify a study being presented. Worse, researchers wishing to build upon and extend work presented in the literature often have trouble recovering data associated with an article after it has been published. More often than scientists would like to admit, they cannot even recover the data associated with their own published works.

So how do we go about caring for and feeding data? This article offers a short guide to the steps scientists can take to ensure that their data and associated analyses continue to be of value and to be recognized.’

Festschrift in Honor of Mikael Fortelius published

Hi all,

We are glad to inform that the Festschrift in Honor of Mikael Fortelius has now been published in the latest online issue of Annales Zoologici Fennici vol. 51(1-2) (open access). Please visit Printed version will be in distribution as of 7 April 2014.

Best regards,
Krzysztof Raciborski, Ph.D.

Managing editor

Anu, Jussi, Jukka, Pirkko and Suvi