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Evolutionary developmental biology and morphology

Section edited by David Ferrier

This section considers studies in the evolution of development and developmental processes, and into morphological evolution.

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  1. The Mesopsychidae is an extinct family of Mecoptera, comprising eleven described genera from Upper Permian to Lower Cretaceous deposits. In 2009, several well-preserved mesopsychids with long proboscides were ...

    Authors: Xiaodan Lin, Matthew J. H. Shih, Conrad C. Labandeira and Dong Ren

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:1

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  2. The gene regulatory network involved in tooth morphogenesis has been extremely well described in mammals and its modeling has allowed predictions of variations in regulatory pathway that may have led to evolut...

    Authors: Mélanie Debiais-Thibaud, Roxane Chiori, Sébastien Enault, Silvan Oulion, Isabelle Germon, Camille Martinand-Mari, Didier Casane and Véronique Borday-Birraux

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:292

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  3. Gene duplication is believed to be the classical way to form novel genes, but overprinting may be an important alternative. Overprinting allows entirely novel proteins to evolve de novo, i.e., formerly non-coding...

    Authors: Lea Fellner, Svenja Simon, Christian Scherling, Michael Witting, Steffen Schober, Christine Polte, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Daniel A. Keim, Siegfried Scherer and Klaus Neuhaus

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:283

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  4. Rollinschaeta myoplena gen. et sp. nov is described from the Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian) Konservat-Lagerstätten of Hakel and Hjoula, Lebanon. The myoanatomy of the fossils is preserve...

    Authors: Luke A. Parry, Paul Wilson, Dan Sykes, Gregory D. Edgecombe and Jakob Vinther

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:256

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  5. Morphological and molecular phylogenetic studies suggest that the pantropical genus Bauhinia L. s.l. (Bauhiniinae, Cercideae, Leguminosae) is paraphyletic and may as well be subdivided into nine genera, including...

    Authors: Yanxiang Lin, William Oki Wong, Gongle Shi, Si Shen and Zhenyu Li

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:252

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  6. Serotonin represents an evolutionary ancient neurotransmitter that is ubiquitously found among animals including the lophotrochozoan phylum Bryozoa, a group of colonial filter-feeders. Comparatively little is ...

    Authors: Thomas F. Schwaha and Andreas Wanninger

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:223

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  7. Holometabolous insects are the most diverse, speciose and ubiquitous group of multicellular organisms in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. The enormous evolutionary and ecological success of Holometabola ...

    Authors: Joachim T. Haug, Conrad C. Labandeira, Jorge A. Santiago-Blay, Carolin Haug and Susan Brown

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:208

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:169

  8. A fundamental and enduring problem in evolutionary biology is to understand how populations differentiate in the wild, yet little is known about what role organismal development plays in this process. Organism...

    Authors: Marie-Julie Favé, Robert A. Johnson, Stefan Cover, Stephan Handschuh, Brian D. Metscher, Gerd B. Müller, Shyamalika Gopalan and Ehab Abouheif

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:183

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  9. Ameloblastin (AMBN) is a phosphorylated, proline/glutamine-rich protein secreted during enamel formation. Previous studies have revealed that this enamel matrix protein was present early in vertebrate evolutio...

    Authors: Frédéric Delsuc, Barbara Gasse and Jean-Yves Sire

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:148

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  10. The arthropod ventral nerve cord features a comparably low number of serotonin-immunoreactive neurons, occurring in segmentally repeated arrays. In different crustaceans and hexapods, these neurons have been i...

    Authors: Georg Brenneis and Gerhard Scholtz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:136

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  11. Mammals show a predictable scaling relationship between limb bone size and body mass. This relationship has a genetic basis which likely evolved via natural selection, but it is unclear how much the genetic co...

    Authors: Marta Marchini, Leah M Sparrow, Miranda N Cosman, Alexandra Dowhanik, Carsten B Krueger, Benedikt Hallgrimsson and Campbell Rolian

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:258

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  12. Phenotypic diversity among populations may result from divergent natural selection acting directly on traits or via correlated responses to changes in other traits. One of the most frequent patterns of correla...

    Authors: Márcio S Araújo, S Ivan Perez, Maria Julia C Magazoni and Ana C Petry

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:251

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  13. Insect compound eyes are composed of ommatidia, which contain photoreceptor cells that are sensitive to different wavelengths of light defined by the specific rhodopsin proteins that they express. The fruit fly D...

    Authors: Maarten Hilbrant, Isabel Almudi, Daniel J Leite, Linta Kuncheria, Nico Posnien, Maria DS Nunes and Alistair P McGregor

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:240

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  14. Osteohistological examinations of fossil vertebrates have utilized a number of proxies, such as counts and spacing of lines of arrested growth (LAGs) and osteocyte lacunar densities (OLD), in order to make inf...

    Authors: Thomas M Cullen, David C Evans, Michael J Ryan, Philip J Currie and Yoshitsugu Kobayashi

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:231

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  15. Calcium carbonate biominerals form often complex and beautiful skeletal elements, including coral exoskeletons and mollusc shells. Although the ability to generate these carbonate structures was apparently gai...

    Authors: Oliver Voigt, Marcin Adamski, Kasia Sluzek and Maja Adamska

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:230

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  16. Duplication and subsequent neofunctionalization of the teleostean hatching enzyme gene occurred in the common ancestor of Euteleostei and Otocephala, producing two genes belonging to different phylogenetic cla...

    Authors: Kaori Sano, Mari Kawaguchi, Satoshi Watanabe and Shigeki Yasumasu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:221

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  17. Thylacocephala is a group of enigmatic extinct arthropods. Here we provide a full description of the oldest unequivocal thylacocephalan, a new genus and species Thylacares brandonensis, which is present in the Si...

    Authors: Carolin Haug, Derek E G Briggs, Donald G Mikulic, Joanne Kluessendorf and Joachim T Haug

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:159

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  18. The colorful wing patterns of butterflies, a prime example of biodiversity, can change dramatically within closely related species. Wing pattern diversity is specifically present among papilionid butterflies. ...

    Authors: Bodo D Wilts, Natasja IJbema and Doekele G Stavenga

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:160

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  19. The shape of the appendicular bones in mammals usually reflects adaptations towards different locomotor abilities. However, other aspects such as body size and phylogeny also play an important role in shaping ...

    Authors: Alberto Martín-Serra, Borja Figueirido and Paul Palmqvist

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:129

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  20. The degree of postcopulatory sexual selection, comprising variable degrees of sperm competition and cryptic female choice, is an important evolutionary force to influence sperm form and function. Here we inves...

    Authors: Yu Zeng, Shang Ling Lou, Wen Bo Liao and Robert Jehle

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:104

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  21. Plasticity, i.e. non-heritable morphological variation, enables organisms to modify the shape of their skeletal tissues in response to varying environmental stimuli. Plastic variation may also allow individual...

    Authors: Philip SL Anderson, Sabrina Renaud and Emily J Rayfield

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:85

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  22. Efficient venom delivery systems are known to occur only in varanoid lizards and advanced colubroidean snakes among squamate reptiles. Although components of these venomous systems might have been present in a...

    Authors: Hussam Zaher, Leonardo de Oliveira, Felipe G Grazziotin, Michelle Campagner, Carlos Jared, Marta M Antoniazzi and Ana L Prudente

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:58

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  23. One of the hallmarks of multicellular organisms is the ability of their cells to trigger responses to the environment in a coordinated manner. In recent years primary cilia have been shown to be present as ‘an...

    Authors: Danielle A Ludeman, Nathan Farrar, Ana Riesgo, Jordi Paps and Sally P Leys

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:3

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  24. A long, slender body plan characterized by an elongate antorbital region and posterior displacement of the unpaired fins has evolved multiple times within ray-finned fishes, and is associated with ambush preda...

    Authors: Erin E Maxwell and Laura AB Wilson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:265

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  25. Although molecular analyses have contributed to a better resolution of the animal tree of life, the phylogenetic position of tardigrades (water bears) is still controversial, as they have been united alternati...

    Authors: Georg Mayer, Christine Martin, Jan Rüdiger, Susann Kauschke, Paul A Stevenson, Izabela Poprawa, Karin Hohberg, Ralph O Schill, Hans-Joachim Pflüger and Martin Schlegel

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:230

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  26. It has been hypothesized that sperm whale predation is the driver of eye size evolution in giant squid. Given that the eyes of giant squid have the size expected for a squid this big, it is likely that any enh...

    Authors: Lars Schmitz, Ryosuke Motani, Christopher E Oufiero, Christopher H Martin, Matthew D McGee and Peter C Wainwright

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:226

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  27. Most turtles from the Middle and Late Jurassic of Asia are referred to the newly defined clade Xinjiangchelyidae, a group of mostly shell-based, generalized, small to mid-sized aquatic froms that are widely co...

    Authors: Márton Rabi, Chang-Fu Zhou, Oliver Wings, Sun Ge and Walter G Joyce

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:203

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  28. The granivorous house sparrow Passer domesticus is thought to have developed its commensal relationship with humans with the rise of agriculture in the Middle East some 10,000 years ago, and to have expanded with...

    Authors: Sepand Riyahi, Øyvind Hammer, Tayebeh Arbabi, Antonio Sánchez, Cees S Roselaar, Mansour Aliabadian and Glenn-Peter Sætre

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:200

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  29. Modularity is an important feature in the evolvability of organisms, since it allows the occurrence of complex adaptations at every single level of biological systems. While at the cellular level the modular o...

    Authors: Nuria Medarde, Francesc Muñoz-Muñoz, María José López-Fuster and Jacint Ventura

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:179

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  30. Fossil evidence of ginkgophyte ontogeny is exceedingly rare. Early development in the extant Ginkgo biloba is characterized by a series of distinct ontogenetic stages. Fossils providing insights into the early on...

    Authors: Kathleen Bauer, Lea Grauvogel-Stamm, Evelyn Kustatscher and Michael Krings

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:177

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  31. A dual olfactory system, represented by two anatomically distinct but spatially proximate chemosensory epithelia that project to separate areas of the forebrain, is known in several classes of tetrapods. Lungf...

    Authors: Steven Chang, Yu-Wen Chung-Davidson, Scot V Libants, Kaben G Nanlohy, Matti Kiupel, C Titus Brown and Weiming Li

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:172

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  32. On August 9th 2012, we published an original research article in Scientific Reports, concluding that artificial radionuclides released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant exerted genetically and physi...

    Authors: Atsuki Hiyama, Chiyo Nohara, Wataru Taira, Seira Kinjo, Masaki Iwata and Joji M Otaki

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:168

    Content type: Correspondence

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  33. A novel sarcomeric myosin heavy chain gene, MYH14, was identified following the completion of the human genome project. MYH14 contains an intronic microRNA, miR-499, which is expressed in a slow/cardiac muscle sp...

    Authors: Sharmin Siddique Bhuiyan, Shigeharu Kinoshita, Chaninya Wongwarangkana, Md Asaduzzaman, Shuichi Asakawa and Shugo Watabe

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:142

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  34. ParaHox and Hox genes are thought to have evolved from a common ancestral ProtoHox cluster or from tandem duplication prior to the divergence of cnidarians and bilaterians. Similar to Hox clusters, chordate Pa...

    Authors: Tetsuro Ikuta, Yi-Chih Chen, Rossella Annunziata, Hsiu-Chi Ting, Che-huang Tung, Ryo Koyanagi, Kunifumi Tagawa, Tom Humphreys, Asao Fujiyama, Hidetoshi Saiga, Nori Satoh, Jr-Kai Yu, Maria Ina Arnone and Yi-Hsien Su

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:129

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  35. Eosauropterygians consist of two major clades, the Nothosauroidea of the Tethysian Middle Triassic (e.g., Nothosaurus) and the Pistosauroidea. The Pistosauroidea include rare Triassic forms (Pistosauridae) and th...

    Authors: Anna Krahl, Nicole Klein and P Martin Sander

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:123

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  36. Remipedia were initially seen as a primitive taxon within Pancrustacea based on characters considered ancestral, such as the homonomously segmented trunk. Meanwhile, several morphological and molecular studies...

    Authors: Torben Stemme, Thomas M Iliffe, Björn M von Reumont, Stefan Koenemann, Steffen Harzsch and Gerd Bicker

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:119

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  37. Hair cells are vertebrate secondary sensory cells located in the ear and in the lateral line organ. Until recently, these cells were considered to be mechanoreceptors exclusively found in vertebrates that evol...

    Authors: Francesca Rigon, Thomas Stach, Federico Caicci, Fabio Gasparini, Paolo Burighel and Lucia Manni

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:112

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  38. Few studies on eurypterids have taken into account morphological changes that occur throughout postembryonic development. Here two species of eurypterid are described from the Pragian Beartooth Butte Formation...

    Authors: James C Lamsdell and Paul A Selden

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:98

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