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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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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