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Table of Contents: Paleoecology, Evolution, and Systematics

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These papers address important aspects about the evolutionary and ecological history of marine fauna from geological to historical timescales, including taxonomically focused studies, ecological problems and studies in evolutionary morphology.

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Research Articles

A Giant Chelonioid Turtle from the Late Cretaceous of Morocco with a Suction Feeding Apparatus Unique among Tetrapods

Nathalie Bardet, Nour-Eddine Jalil, France de Lapparent de Broin, Damien Germain, Olivier Lambert, Mbarek Amaghzaz

Ancient Nursery Area for the Extinct Giant Shark Megalodon from the Miocene of Panama

Catalina Pimiento, Dana J. Ehret, Bruce J. MacFadden, Gordon Hubbell

Absence of Suction Feeding Ichthyosaurs and Its Implications for Triassic Mesopelagic Paleoecology

Ryosuke Motani, Cheng Ji, Taketeru Tomita, Neil Kelley, Erin Maxwell, Da-yong Jiang, Paul Martin Sander

New Protocetid Whale from the Middle Eocene of Pakistan: Birth on Land, Precocial Development, and Sexual Dimorphism

Philip D. Gingerich, Munir ul-Haq, Wighart von Koenigswald, William J. Sanders, B. Holly Smith, Iyad S. Zalmout

Convergent Evolution in Aquatic Tetrapods: Insights from an Exceptional Fossil Mosasaur

Johan Lindgren, Michael W. Caldwell, Takuya Konishi, Luis M. Chiappe

Out of the Pacific and Back Again: Insights into the Matrilineal History of Pacific Killer Whale Ecotypes

Andrew D. Foote, Phillip A. Morin, John W. Durban, Eske Willerslev, Ludovic Orlando, M. Thomas P. Gilbert

Hybrid Speciation in a Marine Mammal: The Clymene Dolphin (Stenella clymene)

Ana R. Amaral, Gretchen Lovewell, Maria M. Coelho, George Amato, Howard C. Rosenbaum

Bone Inner Structure Suggests Increasing Aquatic Adaptations in Desmostylia (Mammalia, Afrotheria)

Shoji Hayashi, Alexandra Houssaye, Yasuhisa Nakajima, Kentaro Chiba, Tatsuro Ando, Hiroshi Sawamura, Norihisa Inuzuka, Naotomo Kaneko, Tomohiro Osaki

Mitogenomic Phylogenetics of Fin Whales (Balaenoptera physalus spp.): Genetic Evidence for Revision of Subspecies

Frederick I. Archer, Phillip A. Morin, Brittany L. Hancock-Hanser, Kelly M. Robertson, Matthew S. Leslie, Martine Bérubé, Simone Panigada, Barbara L. Taylor

Cranial Remain from Tunisia Provides New Clues for the Origin and Evolution of Sirenia (Mammalia, Afrotheria) in Africa

Julien Benoit, Sylvain Adnet, Essid El Mabrouk, Hayet Khayati, Mustapha Ben Haj Ali, Laurent Marivaux, Gilles Merzeraud, Samuel Merigeaud, Monique Vianey-Liaud, Rodolphe Tabuce