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The fossil record of the genus Varanus from the Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia)

Vasilyan, Davit ; Bukhsianidze, Maia

In: PeerJ, 2020, p. e8322

The Southern Caucasus, with its special geographic position and complex topography, is a well-known biodiversity hotspot. However, the formation of this hotspot remains largely unstudied. To reveal this, a thorough study of the fossil record of the region is necessary. In the present paper, we describe for the first time fossil monitor lizards (Varanus sp.) from two late Miocene localities from...

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Supply and demand law under variable information

Yuan, Guanghui ; Han, Jingti ; Zhou, Lei ; Liang, Hejun ; Zhang, Yi-Cheng

In: Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 2019, vol. 536, p. 121004

When the product quality is limited and the information capability is variable, we propose the enterprise enhances corporate profits by changing the relationship between market demand and external resources. We assume that the information capacity can be changed through the input of external resources. In this paper, we present a research agenda that empowers external resources to transform...

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K-core: Theories and applications

Kong, Yi-Xiu ; Shi, Gui-Yuan ; Wu, Rui-Jie ; Zhang, Yi-Cheng

In: Physics Reports, 2019, vol. 832, p. 1–32

With the rapid development of science and technology, the world is becoming increasingly connected. The following dire need for understanding both the relationships amongst individuals and the global structural characteristics brings forward the study of network sciences and many interdisciplinary subjects in recent years. As a result, it is crucial to have methods and algorithms that help us...

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A new species of Palaeopython (Serpentes) and other extinct squamates from the Eocene of Dielsdorf (Zurich, Switzerland)

Georgalis, Georgios L. ; Scheyer, Torsten M.

In: Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 2019, vol. 112, no. 2, p. 383–417

The lizard and snake fauna from the late middle–late Eocene (MP 16–MP 20) of Dielsdorf, near Zurich, Switzerland, is described comprehensively in this paper. Detailed comparisons of the Dielsdorf material with other extinct taxa allow us to establish a new species of the large “booid” genus Palaeopython, i.e., Palaeopython helveticus sp. nov., characterized by a unique combination of...

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Discoverers in scientific citation data

Shi, Gui-Yuan ; Kong, Yi-Xiu ; Yuan, Guang-Hui ; Wu, Rui-Jie ; Zeng, An ; Medo, Matúš

In: Journal of Informetrics, 2019, vol. 13, no. 2, p. 717–725

Identifying the future influential papers among the newly published ones is an important yet challenging issue in bibliometrics. As newly published papers have no or limited citation history, linear extrapolation of their citation counts—which is motivated by the well-known preferential attachment mechanism—is not applicable. We translate the recently introduced notion of discoverers to...

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Do invasive alien plants differ from non-invasives in dominance and nitrogen uptake in response to variation of abiotic and biotic environments under global anthropogenic change?

Liu, Yuan-Yuan ; Sun, Yan ; Müller-Schärer, Heinz ; Yan, Rong ; Zhou, Zhi-Xiang ; Wang, Yong-Jian ; Yu, Fei-Hai

In: Science of The Total Environment, 2019, vol. 672, p. 634–642

Plant invasion is the outcome of complicated interactions of both biotic and abiotic environments (i.e. eutrophication and human-induced propagules) under global anthropogenic change. Here, we want to know why some alien clonal plant species become invasive and others do not in the introduced range with variations of both abiotic and biotic environments under global anthropogenic change.We...

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Industry upgrading: recommendations of new products based on world trade network

Zhang, Wen-Yao ; Chen, Bo-Lun ; Kong, Yi-Xiu ; Shi, Gui-Yuan ; Zhang, Yi-Cheng

In: Entropy, 2019, vol. 21, no. 1, p. 39

GDP is a classic indicator of the extent of national economic development. Research based on the World Trade Network has found that a country’s GDP depends largely on the products it exports. In order to increase the competitiveness of a country and further increase its GDP, a crucial issue is finding the right direction to upgrade the industry so that the country can enhance its...

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Phenotypic variation in an oviparous montane lizard (Bassiana duperreyi): the effects of thermal and hydric incubation environments

Flatt, Thomas ; Shine, Richard ; Borges-Landaez, Pedro A. ; Downes, Sharon J.

In: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2001, vol. 74, no. 3, p. 339-350

Recent studies have shown that incubation temperatures can profoundly affect the phenotypes of hatchling lizards, but the effects of hydric incubation environments remain controversial.We examined incubation-induced phenotypic variation in Bassiana duperreyi (Gray, 1938; Sauria: Scincidae), an oviparous montane lizard from south-eastern Australia. We incubated eggs from this species in four...

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Necrosaurus or Palaeovaranus? Appropriate nomenclature and taxonomic content of an enigmatic fossil lizard clade (Squamata) = Necrosaurus ou Palaeovaranus ? Nomenclature appropriée et contenu systématique d’un clade énigmatique de lézards fossiles (Squamata)

Georgalis, Georgios L.

In: Annales de Paléontologie, 2017, vol. 103, no. 4, p. 293–303

Necrosaurus cayluxi is an enigmatic lizard from the Paleogene of the Phosphorites of Quercy, France that was first mentioned in the 19th century. Although it is generally believed that Filhol was the author who established this taxon, I am herein demonstrating that authorship should in fact be attributed to Zittel, a fact that also influences not only its generic nomenclature, but also its...