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    The influence of molecular markers and methods on inferring the phylogenetic relationships between the representatives of the Arini (parrots, Psittaciformes), determined on the basis of their complete mitochondrial genomes

    Conures are a morphologically diverse group of Neotropical parrots classified as members of the tribe Arini, which has recently been subjected to a taxonomic revision. The previously broadly defined Aratinga genu...

    Adam Dawid Urantowka, Aleksandra Kroczak and Paweł Mackiewicz

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:166

    Published on: 14 July 2017

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    Phylogenetic conservatism in skulls and evolutionary lability in limbs – morphological evolution across an ancient frog radiation is shaped by diet, locomotion and burrowing

    Quantifying morphological diversity across taxa can provide valuable insight into evolutionary processes, yet its complexities can make it difficult to identify appropriate units for evaluation. One of the cha...

    Marta Vidal-García and J. Scott Keogh

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:165

    Published on: 10 July 2017

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    Phylogenetic classification of bony fishes

    Fish classifications, as those of most other taxonomic groups, are being transformed drastically as new molecular phylogenies provide support for natural groups that were unanticipated by previous studies. A b...

    Ricardo Betancur-R, Edward O. Wiley, Gloria Arratia, Arturo Acero, Nicolas Bailly, Masaki Miya, Guillaume Lecointre and Guillermo Ortí

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:162

    Published on: 6 July 2017

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    Extreme MHC class I diversity in the sedge warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus); selection patterns and allelic divergence suggest that different genes have different functions

    Recent work suggests that gene duplications may play an important role in the evolution of immunity genes. Passerine birds, and in particular Sylvioidea warblers, have highly duplicated major histocompatibilit...

    Aleksandra Biedrzycka, Emily O’Connor, Alvaro Sebastian, Magdalena Migalska, Jacek Radwan, Tadeusz Zając, Wojciech Bielański, Wojciech Solarz, Adam Ćmiel and Helena Westerdahl

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:159

    Published on: 5 July 2017

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    Does genetic structure reflect differences in non-breeding movements? A case study in small, highly mobile seabirds

    In seabirds, the extent of population genetic and phylogeographic structure varies extensively among species. Genetic structure is lacking in some species, but present in others despite the absence of obvious ...

    Petra Quillfeldt, Yoshan Moodley, Henri Weimerskirch, Yves Cherel, Karine Delord, Richard A. Phillips, Joan Navarro, Luciano Calderón and Juan F. Masello

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:160

    Published on: 5 July 2017

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    Retention of functional variation despite extreme genomic erosion: MHC allelic repertoires in the Lynx genus

    Demographic bottlenecks erode genetic diversity and may increase endangered species’ extinction risk via decreased fitness and adaptive potential. The genetic status of species is generally assessed using neut...

    Elena Marmesat, Krzysztof Schmidt, Alexander P. Saveljev, Ivan V. Seryodkin and José A. Godoy

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:158

    Published on: 4 July 2017

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    Paternal personality and social status influence offspring activity in zebrafish

    Evidence for the transmission of non-genetic information from father to offspring is rapidly accumulating. While the impact of chemical and physical factors such as toxins or diet on the fitness of the parents...

    Susanne Zajitschek, James E. Herbert-Read, Nasir M. Abbasi, Felix Zajitschek and Simone Immler

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:157

    Published on: 3 July 2017

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    Comparative analysis of lincRNA in insect species

    The ever increasing availability of genomes makes it possible to investigate and compare not only the genomic complements of genes and proteins, but also of RNAs. One class of RNAs, the long noncoding RNAs (ln...

    Alberto Lopez-Ezquerra, Mark C. Harrison and Erich Bornberg-Bauer

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:155

    Published on: 3 July 2017

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    Population genetic structure in Sabatieria (Nematoda) reveals intermediary gene flow and admixture between distant cold seeps from the Mediterranean Sea

    There is a general lack of information on the dispersal and genetic structuring for populations of small-sized deep-water taxa, including free-living nematodes which inhabit and dominate the seafloor sediments...

    Annelies De Groote, Freija Hauquier, Ann Vanreusel and Sofie Derycke

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:154

    Published on: 1 July 2017

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    Molecular phylogeny reveals food plasticity in the evolution of true ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Coccinellini)

    The tribe Coccinellini is a group of relatively large ladybird beetles that exhibits remarkable morphological and biological diversity. Many species are aphidophagous, feeding as larvae and adults on aphids, b...

    Hermes E. Escalona, Andreas Zwick, Hao-Sen Li, Jiahui Li, Xingmin Wang, Hong Pang, Diana Hartley, Lars S. Jermiin, Oldřich Nedvěd, Bernhard Misof, Oliver Niehuis, Adam Ślipiński and Wioletta Tomaszewska

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:151

    Published on: 26 June 2017

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    Expression and phylogenetic analyses reveal paralogous lineages of putatively classical and non-classical MHC-I genes in three sparrow species (Passer)

    The Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) plays a central role in immunity and has been given considerable attention by evolutionary ecologists due to its associations with fitness-related traits. Songbirds h...

    Anna Drews, Maria Strandh, Lars Råberg and Helena Westerdahl

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:152

    Published on: 26 June 2017

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    Evolving mutation rate advances the invasion speed of a sexual species

    Many species are shifting their ranges in response to global climate change. Range expansions are known to have profound effects on the genetic composition of populations. The evolution of dispersal during ran...

    Marleen M. P. Cobben, Oliver Mitesser and Alexander Kubisch

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:150

    Published on: 26 June 2017

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    The colonization and divergence patterns of Brandt’s vole (Lasiopodomys brandtii) populations reveal evidence of genetic surfing

    The colonial habit of Brandt’s vole (Lasiopodomys brandtii) differs from that of most other species of the genus Microtus. The demographic history of this species and the patterns shaping its current genetic stru...

    Ke Li, Michael H. Kohn, Songmei Zhang, Xinrong Wan, Dazhao Shi and Deng Wang

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:145

    Published on: 21 June 2017

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