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  1. Content type: Research article

    Dictyostelid cellular slime molds (dictyostelids) are common inhabitants of the soil and leaf litter layer of fields and forests, along with animal dung, where they feed mostly on bacteria. However, reports on...

    Authors: Eduardo Vadell, James C. Cavender, John C. Landolt, Allison L. Perrigo, Pu Liu and Steven L. Stephenson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:198

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    Seminal plasma proteins are associated with successful fertilization. However, their evolutionary correlation with fertilization mechanisms remains unclear. Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika show a variety-rich sp...

    Authors: Masaya Morita, Stanley Ifeanyi Ugwu and Masanori Kohda

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:197

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    Adaptation to local host plants may impact a pollinator’s population genetic structure by reducing gene flow and driving population genetic differentiation, representing an early stage of ecological speciation...

    Authors: Belinda Kahnt, Panagiotis Theodorou, Antonella Soro, Hilke Hollens-Kuhr, Michael Kuhlmann, Anton Pauw and Robert J. Paxton

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:196

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    Mature male parr (MMP) represent an important alternative life-history strategy in Atlantic salmon populations. Previous studies indicate that the maturation size threshold for male parr varies among wild popu...

    Authors: A. C. Harvey, O. T. Skilbrei, F. Besnier, M. F. Solberg, A.-G. E. Sørvik and K. A. Glover

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:188

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    Obligate pollination mutualisms (OPMs) are specialized interactions in which female pollinators transport pollen between the male and female flowers of a single plant species and then lay eggs into those same ...

    Authors: J. T. D. Finch, S. A. Power, J. A. Welbergen and J. M. Cook

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:193

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    The standard genetic code (SGC) is a unique set of rules which assign amino acids to codons. Similar amino acids tend to have similar codons indicating that the code evolved to minimize the costs of amino acid...

    Authors: Małgorzata Wnętrzak, Paweł Błażej, Dorota Mackiewicz and Paweł Mackiewicz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:192

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    Osteoglycin (OGN, a.k.a. mimecan) belongs to cluster III of the small leucine-rich proteoglycans (SLRP) of the extracellular matrix (ECM). In vertebrates OGN is a characteristic ECM protein of bone. In the pre...

    Authors: R. A. Costa, R. S. T. Martins, E. Capilla, L. Anjos and D. M. Power

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:191

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    Echinoidea is a clade of marine animals including sea urchins, heart urchins, sand dollars and sea biscuits. Found in benthic habitats across all latitudes, echinoids are key components of marine communities s...

    Authors: Nicolás Mongiardino Koch, Simon E. Coppard, Harilaos A. Lessios, Derek E. G. Briggs, Rich Mooi and Greg W. Rouse

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:189

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Adaptive evolution is one of the crucial mechanisms for organisms to survive and thrive in new environments. Recent studies suggest that adaptive evolution could rapidly occur in species to respond to novel en...

    Authors: Yiyong Chen, Noa Shenkar, Ping Ni, Yaping Lin, Shiguo Li and Aibin Zhan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:187

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    Comparing sexual size dimorphism (SSD) in the light of the phylogenetic hypothesis may help to understand the phenotypic evolution associated with sexual selection (size of whole body and of reproduction-relat...

    Authors: Guadalupe López Juri, Margarita Chiaraviglio and Gabriela Cardozo

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:186

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  11. Content type: Research article

    A strong variability in cancer incidence is observed between human organs. Recently, it has been suggested that the relative contribution of organs to organism fitness (reproduction or survival) could explain ...

    Authors: Cindy Gidoin, Beata Ujvari, Frédéric Thomas and Benjamin Roche

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:185

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  12. Content type: Methodology article

    Following recent advances in bioimaging, high-resolution 3D models of biological structures are now generated rapidly and at low-cost. To use this data to address evolutionary and ecological questions, an arra...

    Authors: James D. Gardiner, Julia Behnsen and Charlotte A. Brassey

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:184

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    Algal isomorphic biphasic life cycles alternate between free-living diploid (tetrasporophytes) and haploid (dioicious gametophytes) phases and the hypotheses explaining their maintenance are still debated. Cla...

    Authors: Vasco M. N. C. S. Vieira, Aschwin H. Engelen, Oscar R. Huanel and Marie-Laure Guillemin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:183

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    Ependymins were originally defined as fish-specific secreted glycoproteins involved in central nervous system plasticity and memory formation. Subsequent research revealed that these proteins represent a fish-...

    Authors: Carmel McDougall, Michael J. Hammond, Simon C. Dailey, Ildiko M. L. Somorjai, Scott F. Cummins and Bernard M. Degnan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:182

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    Breeding site choice constitutes an important part of the species niche. Nest predation affects breeding site choice, and has been suggested to drive niche segregation and local coexistence of species. Intersp...

    Authors: Jere Tolvanen, Janne-Tuomas Seppänen, Mikko Mönkkönen, Robert L. Thomson, Hannu Ylönen and Jukka T. Forsman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:181

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    Understanding the factors shaping population genetic structure is important for evolutionary considerations as well as for management and conservation. While studies have revealed the importance of palaeogeogr...

    Authors: Ka Yan Ma, Lynne van Herwerden, Stephen J. Newman, Michael L. Berumen, John Howard Choat, Ka Hou Chu and Yvonne Sadovy de Mitcheson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:180

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Phylogenies provide critical information about convergence during adaptive radiation. To test whether there have been multiple origins of a distinctive trophic phenotype in one of the most rapidly radiating gr...

    Authors: C. Darrin Hulsey, Jimmy Zheng, Roi Holzman, Michael E. Alfaro, Melisa Olave and Axel Meyer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:179

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  18. Content type: Research article

    One of the best studied developmental processes is the Drosophila segmentation cascade. However, this cascade is generally considered to be highly derived and unusual, with segments being patterned simultaneously...

    Authors: Tzach Auman and Ariel D. Chipman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:178

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    The distinction between lineages of neotropical bats from the Pteronotus parnellii species complex has been previously made according to mitochondrial DNA, and especially morphology and acoustics, in order to sep...

    Authors: Ondine Filippi-Codaccioni, Marie-Pauline Beugin, Damien M. de Vienne, Elodie Portanier, David Fouchet, Cecile Kaerle, Lina Muselet, Guillaume Queney, Eric J. Petit, Corinne Regis, Jean-Baptiste Pons and Dominique Pontier

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:175

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Conditional differentiation is one of the most fundamental drivers of biodiversity. Competitive entities (usually species) differ in environmental or ecological niche enabling them to co-exist. Conditional dif...

    Authors: Vasco M. N. C. S. Vieira, Aschwin H. Engelen, Oscar R. Huanel and Marie-Laure Guillemin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:174

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The Pantosteus plebeius-nebuliferus species-group is a group of freshwater fishes distributed in endo- and exorheic drainage basins in the Mexican Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range system and central North M...

    Authors: Diushi Keri Corona-Santiago, Omar Domínguez-Domínguez, Llanet Tovar-Mora, José Ramón Pardos-Blas, Yvonne Herrerías-Diego, Rodolfo Pérez-Rodríguez and Ignacio Doadrio

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:173

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:206

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    The axial skeleton consists of repeating units (vertebrae) that are integrated through their development and evolution. Unlike most tetrapods, vertebrae in the mammalian trunk are subdivided into distinct thor...

    Authors: Katrina E. Jones, Lorena Benitez, Kenneth D. Angielczyk and Stephanie E. Pierce

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:172

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The ascomycete fungus Clonostachys rosea (order Hypocreales) can control several important plant diseases caused by plant pathogenic fungi and nematodes. Subtilisin-like serine proteases are considered to play an...

    Authors: Mudassir Iqbal, Mukesh Dubey, Mikael Gudmundsson, Maria Viketoft, Dan Funck Jensen and Magnus Karlsson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:171

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    Transcriptome sequencing has become a method of choice for evolutionary studies in microbial eukaryotes due to low cost and minimal sample requirements. Transcriptome data has been extensively used in phylogen...

    Authors: Yonas I. Tekle and Fiona C. Wood

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:170

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    The cartilaginous fishes diverged from other jawed vertebrates ~ 450 million years ago (mya). Despite this key evolutionary position, the only high-quality cartilaginous fish genome available is for the elepha...

    Authors: Anthony K. Redmond, Daniel J. Macqueen and Helen Dooley

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:169

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Opsins are G protein-coupled receptors used for both visual and non-visual photoreception, and these proteins evolutionarily date back to the base of the bilaterians. In the current sequencing age, phylogenomi...

    Authors: Elijah K. Lowe, Anders L. Garm, Esther Ullrich-Lüter, Claudia Cuomo and Maria I. Arnone

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:168

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Nucleoplasmin 2 (npm2) is an essential maternal-effect gene that mediates early embryonic events through its function as a histone chaperone that remodels chromatin. Recently, two npm2 (npm2a and npm2b) genes hav...

    Authors: Caroline T. Cheung, Jérémy Pasquier, Aurélien Bouleau, Thaovi Nguyen, Franck Chesnel, Yann Guiguen and Julien Bobe

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:167

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Drylands cover nearly 41% of Earth’s land surface and face a high risk of degradation worldwide. However, the actual timeframe during which dryland floras rose on a global scale remains unknown. Zygophyllaceae...

    Authors: Sheng-Dan Wu, Lin-Jing Zhang, Li Lin, Sheng-Xiang Yu, Zhi-Duan Chen and Wei Wang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:166

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Southern Appalachian forests are dominated by second-growth vegetation following decades of intensive forestry and agricultural use, although some old-growth patches remain. While it’s been shown that second-g...

    Authors: Michael S. Caterino and Shelley S. Langton-Myers

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:165

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Islands have traditionally been the centre of evolutionary biological research, but the dynamics of immigration and differentiation at continental islands have not been well studied. Therefore, we focused on t...

    Authors: Takumi Saito, Takahiro Hirano, Larisa Prozorova, Van Tu Do, Anna Sulikowska-Drozd, Tatiana Sitnikova, Purevdorj Surenkhorloo, Daishi Yamazaki, Yuta Morii, Yuichi Kameda, Hiroshi Fukuda and Satoshi Chiba

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:164

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The degree by which mechanisms underlying phenotypic convergence are similar among taxa depends on the number of evolutionary paths available for selection to act upon. Likelihood of convergence will be influe...

    Authors: Milica Mandic, Marina L. Ramon, Aleeza C. Gerstein, Andrew Y. Gracey and Jeffrey G. Richards

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:163

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Mitochondrial and plastid DNA fragments are continuously transferred into eukaryotic nuclear genomes, giving rise to nuclear copies of mitochondrial DNA (numts) and nuclear copies of plastid DNA (nupts). Numts...

    Authors: Shir Portugez, William F. Martin and Einat Hazkani-Covo

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:162

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Saurichthyiformes were a successful group of latest Permian–Middle Jurassic predatory actinopterygian fishes and constituted important, widely-distributed components of Triassic marine and freshwater faunas. T.....

    Authors: Thodoris Argyriou, Sam Giles, Matt Friedman, Carlo Romano, Ilja Kogan and Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:161

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Micro RNAs (miRNAs) and piwi interacting RNAs (piRNAs), along with the more ancient eukaryotic endogenous small interfering RNAs (endo-siRNAs) constitute the principal components of the RNA interference (RNAi)...

    Authors: Andrew D. Calcino, Selene L. Fernandez-Valverde, Ryan J. Taft and Bernard M. Degnan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:160

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Past climatological events and contemporary geophysical barriers shape the distribution, population genetic structure, and evolutionary history of many organisms. The Himalayan region, frequently referred to a...

    Authors: Laxman Khanal, Mukesh Kumar Chalise, Tao Wan and Xuelong Jiang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:159

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Previous molecular studies on the phylogeny and classification of clupeocephalan fishes revealed numerous new taxonomic entities. For re-analysing these taxa, we perform target gene capturing and subsequent ne...

    Authors: Nicolas Straube, Chenhong Li, Matthias Mertzen, Hao Yuan and Timo Moritz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:158

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Resolving the historical biogeography of the leopard (Panthera pardus) is a complex issue, because patterns inferred from fossils and from molecular data lack congruence. Fossil evidence supports an African origi...

    Authors: Johanna L. A. Paijmans, Axel Barlow, Daniel W. Förster, Kirstin Henneberger, Matthias Meyer, Birgit Nickel, Doris Nagel, Rasmus Worsøe Havmøller, Gennady F. Baryshnikov, Ulrich Joger, Wilfried Rosendahl and Michael Hofreiter

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:156

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Provision of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) in vertebrates occurs through the diet or via endogenous production from C18 precursors through consecutive elongations and desaturations. It has been...

    Authors: Mónica Lopes-Marques, Naoki Kabeya, Yu Qian, Raquel Ruivo, Miguel M. Santos, Byrappa Venkatesh, Douglas R. Tocher, L. Filipe C. Castro and Óscar Monroig

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:157

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Selection for a certain trait in microbes depends on the genetic background of the strain and the selection pressure of the environmental conditions acting on the cells. In contrast to the sessile state in the...

    Authors: Anne Richter, Theresa Hölscher, Patrick Pausch, Tim Sehrt, Franziska Brockhaus, Gert Bange and Ákos T Kovács

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:155

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Quaternary climatic oscillations had tremendous effects on the current distribution of species. Here, we aim to elucidate the glacial history of Rhodiola crenulata, a perennial herb almost exclusively restricted ...

    Authors: Yuan-Zhen Zhang, Ruo-Wei Zhu, Da-Lv Zhong and Jian-Qiang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:154

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Refugial populations in Quaternary glaciations are critical to understanding the evolutionary history and climatic interactions of many extant species. Compared with the well-studied areas of Europe and Northe...

    Authors: Wei Song, Li-Jun Cao, Bing-Yan Li, Ya-Jun Gong, Ary Anthony Hoffmann and Shu-Jun Wei

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:152

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    The males of some sepsid species (Sepsidae: Diptera) have abdominal appendages that are remarkable in several ways. They are sexually dimorphic, have a complex evolutionary history of gain and loss, and can be...

    Authors: Dacotah Melicher, Kathy F Y Su, Rudolf Meier and Julia H Bowsher

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:151

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    Tamquammys has been considered one of the basal ctenodactyloid rodents, which has been documented in the earliest to middle Eocene (~ 56.0–48.5 Ma) in China. It was the most abundant and widespread rodent genus i...

    Authors: Łucja Fostowicz-Frelik, Qian Li and Xijun Ni

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:150

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    Sabellarids, also known as honeycomb or sandcastle worms, when building their tubes, produce chemical signals (free fatty acids) that are responsible for larval settlement and the formation of three-dimensiona...

    Authors: Conrad Helm, Michael J Bok, Pat Hutchings, Elena Kupriyanova and María Capa

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:149

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