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    Developmental associations often explain phenotypic integration. The intersected hormonal regulation of ontogenetic processes fosters predictions of steroid-mediated phenotypic integration among sexually dimor...

    Authors: Leandro Lofeu, Renata Brandt and Tiana Kohlsdorf

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:175

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    The performance and fitness of social societies mainly depends on the efficiency of interactions between reproductive individuals and helpers. Helpers need to react to the group’s requirements and to adjust th...

    Authors: Julia Giehr, Jürgen Heinze and Alexandra Schrempf

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:173

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    The nervous system in brachiopods has seldom been studied with modern methods. An understanding of lophophore innervation in adult brachiopods is useful for comparing the innervation of the same lophophore typ...

    Authors: Elena N. Temereva and Tatyana V. Kuzmina

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:172

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    Circadian clocks are found in organisms of almost all domains including photosynthetic Cyanobacteria, whereby large diversity exists within the protein components involved. In the model cyanobacterium Synechococc...

    Authors: Nicolas M. Schmelling, Robert Lehmann, Paushali Chaudhury, Christian Beck, Sonja-Verena Albers, Ilka M. Axmann and Anika Wiegard

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:169

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    Gene duplications provide genetic material for the evolution of new morphological and physiological features. One copy can preserve the original gene functions while the second copy may evolve new functions (n...

    Authors: Natascha Turetzek, Sara Khadjeh, Christoph Schomburg and Nikola-Michael Prpic

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:168

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    Predation is ubiquitous in nature. One form of predation is cannibalism, which is affected by many factors such as size structure and resource density. However, cannibalism may also be influenced by abiotic fa...

    Authors: Szymon Sniegula, Maria J. Golab and Frank Johansson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:167

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    Conures are a morphologically diverse group of Neotropical parrots classified as members of the tribe Arini, which has recently been subjected to a taxonomic revision. The previously broadly defined Aratinga genu...

    Authors: Adam Dawid Urantowka, Aleksandra Kroczak and Paweł Mackiewicz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:166

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    Quantifying morphological diversity across taxa can provide valuable insight into evolutionary processes, yet its complexities can make it difficult to identify appropriate units for evaluation. One of the cha...

    Authors: Marta Vidal-García and J. Scott Keogh

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:165

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    Adaptive plasticity is essential for many species to cope with environmental heterogeneity. In particular, developmental plasticity allows organisms with complex life cycles to adaptively adjust the timing of ...

    Authors: Pablo Burraco, Ana Elisa Valdés, Frank Johansson and Ivan Gomez-Mestre

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:164

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    The cytosolic arrestin proteins mediate desensitization of activated G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) via competition with G proteins for the active phosphorylated receptors. Arrestins in active, including ...

    Authors: Henrike Indrischek, Sonja J. Prohaska, Vsevolod V. Gurevich, Eugenia V. Gurevich and Peter F. Stadler

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:163

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    Fish classifications, as those of most other taxonomic groups, are being transformed drastically as new molecular phylogenies provide support for natural groups that were unanticipated by previous studies. A b...

    Authors: Ricardo Betancur-R, Edward O. Wiley, Gloria Arratia, Arturo Acero, Nicolas Bailly, Masaki Miya, Guillaume Lecointre and Guillermo Ortí

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:162

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    In seabirds, the extent of population genetic and phylogeographic structure varies extensively among species. Genetic structure is lacking in some species, but present in others despite the absence of obvious ...

    Authors: Petra Quillfeldt, Yoshan Moodley, Henri Weimerskirch, Yves Cherel, Karine Delord, Richard A. Phillips, Joan Navarro, Luciano Calderón and Juan F. Masello

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:160

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    Recent work suggests that gene duplications may play an important role in the evolution of immunity genes. Passerine birds, and in particular Sylvioidea warblers, have highly duplicated major histocompatibilit...

    Authors: Aleksandra Biedrzycka, Emily O’Connor, Alvaro Sebastian, Magdalena Migalska, Jacek Radwan, Tadeusz Zając, Wojciech Bielański, Wojciech Solarz, Adam Ćmiel and Helena Westerdahl

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:159

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    Demographic bottlenecks erode genetic diversity and may increase endangered species’ extinction risk via decreased fitness and adaptive potential. The genetic status of species is generally assessed using neut...

    Authors: Elena Marmesat, Krzysztof Schmidt, Alexander P. Saveljev, Ivan V. Seryodkin and José A. Godoy

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:158

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    The ever increasing availability of genomes makes it possible to investigate and compare not only the genomic complements of genes and proteins, but also of RNAs. One class of RNAs, the long noncoding RNAs (ln...

    Authors: Alberto Lopez-Ezquerra, Mark C. Harrison and Erich Bornberg-Bauer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:155

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    Evidence for the transmission of non-genetic information from father to offspring is rapidly accumulating. While the impact of chemical and physical factors such as toxins or diet on the fitness of the parents...

    Authors: Susanne Zajitschek, James E. Herbert-Read, Nasir M. Abbasi, Felix Zajitschek and Simone Immler

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:157

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    There is a general lack of information on the dispersal and genetic structuring for populations of small-sized deep-water taxa, including free-living nematodes which inhabit and dominate the seafloor sediments...

    Authors: Annelies De Groote, Freija Hauquier, Ann Vanreusel and Sofie Derycke

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:154

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) plays a central role in immunity and has been given considerable attention by evolutionary ecologists due to its associations with fitness-related traits. Songbirds h...

    Authors: Anna Drews, Maria Strandh, Lars Råberg and Helena Westerdahl

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:152

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    The tribe Coccinellini is a group of relatively large ladybird beetles that exhibits remarkable morphological and biological diversity. Many species are aphidophagous, feeding as larvae and adults on aphids, b...

    Authors: Hermes E. Escalona, Andreas Zwick, Hao-Sen Li, Jiahui Li, Xingmin Wang, Hong Pang, Diana Hartley, Lars S. Jermiin, Oldřich Nedvěd, Bernhard Misof, Oliver Niehuis, Adam Ślipiński and Wioletta Tomaszewska

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:151

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