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  1. In recent years, Ecuador and other South American countries have experienced an increase in arboviral diseases. A rise in dengue infections was followed by introductions of chikungunya and Zika, two viruses ne...

    Authors: Irina Maljkovic Berry, Wiriya Rutvisuttinunt, Rachel Sippy, Efrain Beltran-Ayala, Katherine Figueroa, Sadie Ryan, Abhinaya Srikanth, Anna M. Stewart-Ibarra, Timothy Endy and Richard G. Jarman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:31

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  2. Modularity is important for evolutionary innovation. The recombination of existing units to form larger complexes with new functionalities spares the need to create novel elements from scratch. In proteins, th...

    Authors: Elias Dohmen, Steffen Klasberg, Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Sören Perrey and Carsten Kemena

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:30

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  3. Crocidura, the most speciose mammalian genus, occurs across much of Asia, Europe and Africa. The taxonomy of Chinese representatives has been studied primarily based on cursory morphological comparisons and their...

    Authors: Shunde Chen, Jiao Qing, Zhu Liu, Yang Liu, Mingkun Tang, Robert W. Murphy, Yingting Pu, Xuming Wang, Keyi Tang, Keji Guo, Xuelong Jiang and Shaoying Liu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:29

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  4. Temperature exerts a strong influence on protein evolution: species living in thermally distinct environments often exhibit adaptive differences in protein structure and function. However, previous research on...

    Authors: Ying-Chen Chao, Melanie Merritt, Devin Schaefferkoetter and Tyler G. Evans

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:28

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  5. Recent human transcriptomic analyses revealed a very large number of testis-enriched genes, many of which are involved in spermatogenesis. This comprehensive transcriptomic data lead us to the question whether...

    Authors: Helmut Schaschl and Bernard Wallner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:27

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  6. Climatic variation and geologic change both play significant roles in shaping species distributions, thus affecting their evolutionary history. In Sahara-Sahel, climatic oscillations shifted the desert extent ...

    Authors: Ana Filipa Moutinho, Nina Serén, Joana Paupério, Teresa Luísa Silva, Fernando Martínez-Freiría, Graciela Sotelo, Rui Faria, Tapio Mappes, Paulo Célio Alves, José Carlos Brito and Zbyszek Boratyński

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:26

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  7. Taste is fundamental to diet selection in vertebrates. Genetic basis of sweet taste receptor in the shaping of food habits has been extensively studied in mammals and birds, but scarcely studied in fishes. Gra...

    Authors: Xiao-Chen Yuan, Xu-Fang Liang, Wen-Jing Cai, Shan He, Wen-Jie Guo and Kang-Sen Mai

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:25

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  8. Understanding the origins of genome content has long been a goal of molecular evolution and comparative genomics. By examining genome evolution through the guise of lineage-specific evolution, it is possible t...

    Authors: David E. Northover, Stephen D. Shank and David A. Liberles

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:24

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  9. The flat periwinkles, Littorina fabalis and L. obtusata, are two sister species widely distributed throughout the Northern Atlantic shores with high potential to inform us about the process of ecological speciati...

    Authors: Graciela Sotelo, Mårten Duvetorp, Diana Costa, Marina Panova, Kerstin Johannesson and Rui Faria

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:23

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  10. Polyplacophora, or chitons, have long fascinated malacologists for their distinct and rather conserved morphology and lifestyle compared to other mollusk classes. However, key aspects of their phylogeny and ev...

    Authors: Iker Irisarri, Juan E. Uribe, Douglas J. Eernisse and Rafael Zardoya

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:22

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  11. The hybridizing field crickets, Gryllus firmus and Gryllus pennsylvanicus have several barriers that prevent gene flow between species. The behavioral pre-zygotic mating barrier, where males court conspecifics mo...

    Authors: Brianna Heggeseth, Danielle Sim, Laura Partida and Luana S. Maroja

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:21

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  12. Understanding the forces that maintain diversity across a range of scales is at the very heart of biology. Frequency-dependent processes are generally recognized as the most central process for the maintenance...

    Authors: Zorana Kurbalija Novičić, Ahmed Sayadi, Mihailo Jelić and Göran Arnqvist

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:20

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  13. The evolution of the Jehol Biota of western Liaoning in China includes three phases, initiation in the Dabeigou phase, radiation in the Yixian phase, and decline in the Jiufotang phase. Numerous ephedroid macr...

    Authors: Yong Yang, Yingwei Wang and David Kay Ferguson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:19

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  14. The disposable soma theory of ageing assumes that organisms optimally trade-off limited resources between reproduction and longevity to maximize fitness. Early reproduction should especially trade-off against ...

    Authors: Charly Jehan, Manon Chogne, Thierry Rigaud and Yannick Moret

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:18

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  15. Drosophila subobscura exhibits a rich inversion polymorphism, with some adaptive inversions showing repeatable spatiotemporal patterns in frequencies related to temperature. Previous studies reported increased ba...

    Authors: Marta Puig Giribets, Mauro Santos and María Pilar García Guerreiro

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:17

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  16. The need for enhancing the productivity of fisheries in Africa triggered the introduction of non-native fish, causing dramatic changes to local species. In East Africa, the extensive translocation of Nile tila...

    Authors: Papius Dias Tibihika, Manuel Curto, Esayas Alemayehu, Herwig Waidbacher, Charles Masembe, Peter Akoll and Harald Meimberg

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:16

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  17. The current Brazilian population is the product of centuries of admixture between intercontinental founding groups. Although previous results have revealed a heterogeneous distribution of mitochondrial lineage...

    Authors: Ana Paula Schaan, Leonor Gusmão, Juliana Jannuzzi, Antonio Modesto, Marcos Amador, Diego Marques, Silvia Helena Rabenhorst, Raquel Montenegro, Thayson Lopes, France Keiko Yoshioka, Giovanny Pinto, Sidney Santos, Lorenna Costa, Vivian Silbiger and Ândrea Ribeiro-dos-Santos

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:15

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  18. The piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that specifically repress transposable elements (TEs) in the germline of Drosophila. Despite our expanding understanding of TE:piRNA interaction, wheth...

    Authors: Shiqi Luo, Hong Zhang, Yuange Duan, Xinmin Yao, Andrew G. Clark and Jian Lu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:14

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  19. The theory of trade-off suggests that limited resources should lead to trade-off in resource intensive traits such as, immunity related and sexually selected traits in males. Alternatively, sexual exaggeration...

    Authors: Zeeshan Ali Syed, Vanika Gupta, Manas Geeta Arun, Aatashi Dhiman, Bodhisatta Nandy and Nagaraj Guru Prasad

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:13

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  20. The CO2-concentrating mechanism associated to Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) alters the catalytic context for Rubisco by increasing CO2 availability and provides an advantage in particular ecological conditio...

    Authors: Carmen Hermida-Carrera, Mario A. Fares, Marcel Font-Carrascosa, Maxim V. Kapralov, Marcus A. Koch, Arnau Mir, Arántzazu Molins, Miquel Ribas-Carbó, Jairo Rocha and Jeroni Galmés

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:11

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  21. Gymnosperms represent five of the six lineages of seed plants. However, most sequenced plant mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes) have been generated for angiosperms, whereas mitogenomic sequences have been gen...

    Authors: Sheng-Long Kan, Ting-Ting Shen, Ping Gong, Jin-Hua Ran and Xiao-Quan Wang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:10

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  22. The relative influence of diet and phylogeny on snake venom activity is a poorly understood aspect of snake venom evolution. We measured the activity of two enzyme toxin groups – phospholipase A2 (PLA2), and L-am...

    Authors: Theo Tasoulis, Michael S. Y. Lee, Manon Ziajko, Nathan Dunstan, Joanna Sumner and Geoffrey K. Isbister

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:9

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  23. Red Queen dynamics are defined as long term co-evolutionary dynamics, often with oscillations of genotype abundances driven by fluctuating selection in host-parasite systems. Much of our current understanding ...

    Authors: Hanna Schenk, Hinrich Schulenburg and Arne Traulsen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:8

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  24. A key question in plant dispersal via animal vectors is where and why fruit colors vary between species and how color relates to other fruit traits. To better understand the factors shaping the evolution of fr...

    Authors: Miranda A. Sinnott-Armstrong, Chong Lee, Wendy L. Clement and Michael J. Donoghue

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:7

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  25. Understanding the genomic basis of phenotypic diversity can be greatly facilitated by examining adaptive radiations with hypervariable traits. In this study, we focus on a rapidly diverged species group of mor...

    Authors: Mauricio Losilla, David Michael Luecke and Jason R. Gallant

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:6

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  26. Ecological speciation is a prominent mechanism of diversification but in many evolutionary radiations, particularly in invertebrates, it remains unclear whether supposedly critical ecological traits drove or f...

    Authors: Bert Van Bocxlaer, Claudia M. Ortiz-Sepulveda, Pieter R. Gurdebeke and Xavier Vekemans

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:5

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  27. Early Cambrian Lagerstätten from China have greatly enriched our perspective on the early evolution of animals, particularly arthropods. However, recent studies have shown that many of these early fossil arthr...

    Authors: Cédric Aria, Fangchen Zhao, Han Zeng, Jin Guo and Maoyan Zhu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:4

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  28. The biodiversity and distributions of terrestrial snails at local and regional scales are influenced by their low vagility and microhabitat specificity. The accessibility of large-bodied species and their char...

    Authors: Z. W. Dempsey, C. P. Goater and T. M. Burg

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:3

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  29. Regions within the nuclear ribosomal operon are a major tool for inferring evolutionary relationships and investigating diversity in fungi. In spite of the prevalent use of ribosomal markers in fungal research...

    Authors: Michael Bradshaw, Felix Grewe, Anne Thomas, Cody H. Harrison, Hanna Lindgren, Lucia Muggia, Larry L. St. Clair, H. Thorsten Lumbsch and Steven D. Leavitt

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:2

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  30. African annual killifishes (Nothobranchius spp.) are adapted to seasonally desiccating habitats (ephemeral pools), surviving dry periods as dormant eggs. Given their peculiar life history, geographic aspects of t...

    Authors: Veronika Bartáková, Béla Nagy, Matej Polačik, Radim Blažek, Hieromin Lamtane and Martin Reichard

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:1

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  31. Chondrichthyans represent a monophyletic group of crown group gnathostomes and are central to our understanding of vertebrate evolution. Like all vertebrates, cartilaginous fishes evolved concretions of materi...

    Authors: Lisa Schnetz, Cathrin Pfaff, Eugen Libowitzky, Zerina Johanson, Rica Stepanek and Jürgen Kriwet

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:238

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  32. Mesoamerica is a remarkable region with a high geological and ecological complexity. Within northern Mesoamerica, the biotic province of the Sierra Madre del Sur (SMS) in southwestern Mexico harbors exceptiona...

    Authors: Alberto Rocha-Méndez, Luis A. Sánchez-González, Clementina González and Adolfo G. Navarro-Sigüenza

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:237

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  33. Orange jasmine has a complex nomenclatural history and is now known as Murraya paniculata (L.) Jack. Our interest in this common ornamental stemmed from the need to resolve its identity and the identities of clos...

    Authors: Chung Huy Nguyen, G. Andrew C. Beattie, Anthony M. Haigh, Inggit Puji Astuti, David J. Mabberley, Peter H. Weston and Paul Holford

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:236

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  34. Understanding the phylogenetic relationships among species is one of the main goals of systematic biology. Simultaneously, credible phylogenetic hypotheses are often the first requirement for unveiling the evo...

    Authors: Russell J. S. Orr, Marianne N. Haugen, Björn Berning, Philip Bock, Robyn L. Cumming, Wayne K. Florence, Masato Hirose, Emanuela Di Martino, Mali H. Ramsfjell, Maja M. Sannum, Abigail M. Smith, Leandro M. Vieira, Andrea Waeschenbach and Lee Hsiang Liow

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:235

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  35. Individuals consistently differ in behaviour, exhibiting so-called personalities. In many species, individuals differ also in their cognitive abilities. When personalities and cognitive abilities occur in dist...

    Authors: Jannis Liedtke and Lutz Fromhage

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:234

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  36. Palaeognathae is a basal clade within Aves and include the large and flightless ratites and the smaller, volant tinamous. Although much research has been conducted on various aspects of palaeognath morphology,...

    Authors: Phoebe L. McInerney, Michael S. Y. Lee, Alice M. Clement and Trevor H. Worthy

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:233

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  37. Natural selection on fitness-related traits can be temporally heterogeneous among populations. As climate changes, understanding population-level responses is of scientific and practical importance. We examine...

    Authors: Yang Liu and Yousry A. El-Kassaby

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:231

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  38. Coevolution is a selective process of reciprocal adaptation in hosts and parasites or in mutualistic symbionts. Classic population genetics theory predicts the signatures of selection at the interacting loci o...

    Authors: Daniel živković, Sona John, Mélissa Verin, Wolfgang Stephan and Aurélien Tellier

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:230

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  39. Supernumerary ORFan genes (i.e., open reading frames without obvious homology to other genes) are present in the mitochondrial genomes of gonochoric freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionida) showing doubly unipa...

    Authors: Davide Guerra, Manuel Lopes-Lima, Elsa Froufe, Han Ming Gan, Paz Ondina, Rafaela Amaro, Michael W. Klunzinger, Claudia Callil, Vincent Prié, Arthur E. Bogan, Donald T. Stewart and Sophie Breton

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:229

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  40. Due to the environmental heterogeneity along elevation gradients, alpine ecosystems are ideal study objects for investigating how ecological variables shape the genetic patterns of natural species. The highest...

    Authors: Zhigang Wu, Xinwei Xu, Juan Zhang, Gerhard Wiegleb and Hongwei Hou

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:228

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  41. The presence of a novel pollutant can induce rapid evolution if there is additive genetic variance for the tolerance to the stressor. Continuous selection over some generations can then reduce the toxicity of ...

    Authors: Lucas Marques da Cunha, Diane Maitre and Claus Wedekind

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:227

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  42. Recently we proposed an evolutionary explanation for a spinal pathology that afflicts many people, intervertebral disc herniation (Plomp et al. [2015] BMC Evolutionary Biology 15, 68). Using 2D data, we found tha...

    Authors: Kimberly A. Plomp, Keith Dobney, Darlene A. Weston, Una Strand Viðarsdóttir and Mark Collard

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:226

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  43. After publication of our article [1] we were notified that a few duplicate sentences were included on Figure 3 and Figure 4 legends.

    Authors: Michael C. Campbell, Bryan Ashong, Shaolei Teng, Jayla Harvey and Christopher N. Cross

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:225

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    The original article was published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:218

  44. Eukaryotes acquired the trait of oxygenic photosynthesis through endosymbiosis of the cyanobacterial progenitor of plastid organelles. Despite recent advances in the phylogenomics of Cyanobacteria, the phyloge...

    Authors: Travis J Lawrence, Katherine CH Amrine, Wesley D Swingley and David H Ardell

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:224

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  45. Attributes of pest species like host range are frequently reported as being evolutionarily constrained and showing phylogenetic signal. Because these attributes in turn could influence the abundance and impact...

    Authors: Peng-Yu Jin, Jing-Tao Sun, Ary Hoffmann, Yan-Fei Guo, Jin-Cheng Zhou, Yu-Xi Zhu, Lei Chen and Xiao-Yue Hong

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:223

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  46. The coincidence of long distance dispersal (LDD) and biome shift is assumed to be the result of a multifaceted interplay between geographical distance and ecological suitability of source and sink areas. Here,...

    Authors: Michael D. Pirie, Martha Kandziora, Nicolai M. Nürk, Nicholas C. Le Maitre, Ana Mugrabi de Kuppler, Berit Gehrke, Edward G. H. Oliver and Dirk U. Bellstedt

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:222

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  47. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are the most widely studied innate immunity receptors responsible for recognition of invading pathogens. Among the TLR family, TLR5 is the only that senses and recognizes flagellin, ...

    Authors: Ana Pinheiro, Ana Águeda-Pinto, José Melo-Ferreira, Fabiana Neves, Joana Abrantes and Pedro J. Esteves

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:221

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  48. Lymphotoxin-α (LTα), located in the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) class III region on chromosome 6, encodes a cytotoxic protein that mediates a variety of antiviral responses among other biological funct...

    Authors: Michael C. Campbell, Bryan Ashong, Shaolei Teng, Jayla Harvey and Christopher N. Cross

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:218

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:225

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