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BMC Evolutionary Biology

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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  18. Content type: Research article

    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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