Featured article: Convergent evolution in the transition to land

Alexander Weigand, with permission

Two mitochondrial genes underwent ancient episodes of positive selection in multiple gastropod lineages that independently transitioned from sea to land, supporting the idea that coping with increased energy demands was vital in adapting to this new realm.

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