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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. Content type: Research article

    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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    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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    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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    Anguillicola crassus, a swim bladder nematode naturally parasitizing the Japanese eel, was introduced about 30 years ago from East Asia into Europe where it colonized almost all populations of the European eel. W...

    Authors: Urszula Weclawski, Emanuel G Heitlinger, Tobias Baust, Bernhard Klar, Trevor Petney, Yu San Han and Horst Taraschewski

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:78

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    The Hippo pathway controls growth by mediating cell proliferation and apoptosis. Dysregulation of Hippo signaling causes abnormal proliferation in both healthy and cancerous cells. The Hippo pathway receives i...

    Authors: Henan Zhu, Ziwei Zhou, Daxi Wang, Wenyin Liu and Hao Zhu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:76

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    Talpids include forms with different degree of fossoriality, with major specializations in the humerus in the case of the fully fossorial moles. We studied the humeral microanatomy of eleven extant and eight e...

    Authors: Patricia S Meier, Constanze Bickelmann, Torsten M Scheyer, Daisuke Koyabu and Marcelo R Sánchez-Villagra

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:55

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    The eyes of giant and colossal squid are among the largest eyes in the history of life. It was recently proposed that sperm whale predation is the main driver of eye size evolution in giant squid, on the basis...

    Authors: Lars Schmitz, Ryosuke Motani, Christopher E Oufiero, Christopher H Martin, Matthew D McGee, Ashlee R Gamarra, Johanna J Lee and Peter C Wainwright

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:45

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    The number of members of the Dlx gene family increased during the two rounds of whole-genome duplication that occurred in the common ancestor of the vertebrates. Because the Dlx genes are involved in the developm...

    Authors: Satoko Fujimoto, Yasuhiro Oisi, Shigehiro Kuraku, Kinya G Ota and Shigeru Kuratani

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:15

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    Zona pellucida domain-containing proteins (ZP proteins) have been identified as the principle constituents of the egg coat (EC) of diverse metazoan taxa, including jawed vertebrates, urochordates and molluscs ...

    Authors: Qianghua Xu, Guang Li, Lixue Cao, Zhongjun Wang, Hua Ye, Xiaoyin Chen, Xi Yang, Yiquan Wang and Liangbiao Chen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:239

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    Animals often display phenotypic plasticity in morphologies and behaviors that result in distinct adaptations to fluctuating seasonal environments. The butterfly Bicyclus anynana has two seasonal forms, wet and d...

    Authors: Andrew Everett, Xiaoling Tong, Adriana D Briscoe and Antónia Monteiro

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:232

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    Recent evidence supports the proposal that the observed diversity of animal body plans has been produced through alterations to the complexity of the regulatory genome rather than increases in the protein-codi...

    Authors: Lisa Zondag, Peter K Dearden and Megan J Wilson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:211

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    Remipedia, a group of homonomously segmented, cave-dwelling, eyeless arthropods have been regarded as basal crustaceans in most early morphological and taxonomic studies. However, molecular sequence informatio...

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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:168

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    Leanchoilia superlata is one of the best known arthropods from the middle Cambrian Burgess Shale of British Columbia. Here we re-describe the morphology of L. superlata and discuss its possible autecology. The re...

    Authors: Joachim T Haug, Derek EG Briggs and Carolin Haug

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:162

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    Opsins are key proteins in animal photoreception. Together with a light-sensitive group, the chromophore, they form visual pigments which initiate the visual transduction cascade when photoactivated. The spect...

    Authors: Miriam J Henze, Kara Dannenhauer, Martin Kohler, Thomas Labhart and Matthias Gesemann

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:163

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    The range of potential morphologies resulting from evolution is limited by complex interacting processes, ranging from development to function. Quantifying these interactions is important for understanding ada...

    Authors: Peter D Smits and Alistair R Evans

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:146

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    Myosin II (or Myosin Heavy Chain II, MHCII) is a family of molecular motors involved in the contractile activity of animal muscle cells but also in various other cellular processes in non-muscle cells. Previou...

    Authors: Cyrielle Dayraud, Alexandre Alié, Muriel Jager, Patrick Chang, Hervé Le Guyader, Michaël Manuel and Eric Quéinnec

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:107

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    The origin and modification of novel traits are important aspects of biological diversification. Studies combining concepts and approaches of developmental genetics and evolutionary biology have uncovered many...

    Authors: Leila T Shirai, Suzanne V Saenko, Roberto A Keller, Maria A Jerónimo, Paul M Brakefield, Henri Descimon, Niklas Wahlberg and Patrícia Beldade

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:21

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    Following colonization of new habitats and subsequent selection, adaptation to environmental conditions might be expected to be rapid. In a mountain lake in Norway, Lesjaskogsvatnet, more than 20 distinct spaw...

    Authors: Gaute Thomassen, Nicola J Barson, Thrond O Haugen and L Asbjørn Vøllestad

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:360

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    Complex life histories require adaptation of a single organism for multiple ecological niches. Transitions between life stages, however, may expose individuals to an increased risk of mortality, as the process...

    Authors: Ryan Calsbeek and Shawn Kuchta

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:353

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    We have studied sperm structure and motility in a eusocial rodent where reproduction is typically restricted to a single male and behaviourally dominant queen. Males rarely compete for access to the queen duri...

    Authors: Gerhard van der Horst, Liana Maree, Sanet H Kotzé and M Justin O'Riain

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:351

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    Basic helix-loop-helix and homeodomain transcription factors have been shown to specify all different neuronal cell subtypes composing the vertebrate retina. The appearance of gene paralogs of such retina-spec...

    Authors: Laura-Nadine Schuhmacher, Shahad Albadri, Mirana Ramialison and Lucia Poggi

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:340

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    The Hox family of transcription factors has a fundamental role in segmentation pathways and axial patterning of embryonic development and their clustered organization is linked with the regulatory mechanisms gove...

    Authors: Alfonso Natale, Carrie Sims, Maria L Chiusano, Alessandro Amoroso, Enrico D'Aniello, Laura Fucci, Robb Krumlauf, Margherita Branno and Annamaria Locascio

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:330

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    Teeth and tooth-like structures, together named odontodes, are repeated organs thought to share a common evolutionary origin. These structures can be found in gnathostomes at different locations along the body...

    Authors: Mélanie Debiais-Thibaud, Silvan Oulion, Franck Bourrat, Patrick Laurenti, Didier Casane and Véronique Borday-Birraux

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:307

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    Establishment of geographic morph frequency clines is difficult to explain in organisms with limited gene flow. Balancing selection, such as negative frequency-dependent selection (NFDS), is instead suggested ...

    Authors: Yuma Takahashi, Satoru Morita, Jin Yoshimura and Mamoru Watanabe

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:256

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    Dlx (Distal-less) genes have various developmental roles and are widespread throughout the animal kingdom, usually occurring as single copy genes in non-chordates and as multiple copies in most chordate genome...

    Authors: Carmel McDougall, Natalia Korchagina, Jonathan L Tobin and David EK Ferrier

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:241

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    In many species males face a higher predation risk than females because males display elaborate traits that evolved under sexual selection, which may attract not only females but also predators. Females are, t...

    Authors: David Bierbach, Matthias Schulte, Nina Herrmann, Michael Tobler, Stefan Stadler, Christian T Jung, Benjamin Kunkel, Rüdiger Riesch, Sebastian Klaus, Madlen Ziege, Jeane Rimber Indy, Lenin Arias-Rodriguez and Martin Plath

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:190

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    Coleoid cephalopods (squids and octopuses) have evolved a camera eye, the structure of which is very similar to that found in vertebrates and which is considered a classic example of convergent evolution. Othe...

    Authors: Masa-aki Yoshida and Atsushi Ogura

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:180

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Phenotypic evolution and its role in the diversification of organisms is a central topic in evolutionary biology. A neglected factor during the modern evolutionary synthesis, adaptive phenotypic plasticity, mo...

    Authors: Moritz Muschick, Marta Barluenga, Walter Salzburger and Axel Meyer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:116

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    Evolutionary novelties often appear by conferring completely new functions to pre-existing structures or by innovating the mechanism through which a particular function is performed. Sound production plays a c...

    Authors: Iker Irisarri, Miguel Vences, Diego San Mauro, Frank Glaw and Rafael Zardoya

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:114

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    Most evolutionary studies on the size of brains and different parts of the brain have relied on interspecific comparisons, and have uncovered correlations between brain architecture and various ecological, beh...

    Authors: Abigél Gonda, Gábor Herczeg and Juha Merilä

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:75

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    A recent study on expression and function of the ortholog of the Drosophila collier (col) gene in various arthropods including insects, crustaceans and chelicerates suggested a de novo function of col in the deve...

    Authors: Ralf Janssen, Wim GM Damen and Graham E Budd

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:50

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