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  1. Content type: Research article

    Exaggerated signals, such as brilliant colours, are usually assumed to evolve through antagonistic coevolution between senders and receivers, but the underlying genetic mechanisms are rarely known. Here we exp...

    Authors: Hanlu Twyman, Staffan Andersson and Nicholas I. Mundy

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:22

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    Species recognition, i.e., the ability to distinguish conspecifics from heterospecifics, plays an essential role in reproduction. The role of facial cues for species recognition has been investigated in severa...

    Authors: Hanitriniaina Rakotonirina, Peter M. Kappeler and Claudia Fichtel

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:19

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    Due to the DNA triplet code, it is possible that the sequences of two or more protein-coding genes overlap to a large degree. However, such non-trivial overlaps are usually excluded by genome annotation pipeli...

    Authors: Sarah M. Hücker, Sonja Vanderhaeghen, Isabel Abellan-Schneyder, Romy Wecko, Svenja Simon, Siegfried Scherer and Klaus Neuhaus

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:21

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Mountains have not only provided refuge for species, but also offered dispersal corridors during the Neogene and Quaternary global climate changes. Compared with a plethora of studies on the refuge role of Chi...

    Authors: Shuang Tian, Yixuan Kou, Zhirong Zhang, Lin Yuan, Derong Li, Jordi López-Pujol, Dengmei Fan and Zhiyong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:20

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Life diversifies via adaptive radiation when natural selection drives the evolution of ecologically distinct species mediated by their access to novel niche space, or via non-adaptive radiation when new specie...

    Authors: Ashley M. Reaney, Mónica Saldarriaga-Córdoba and Daniel Pincheira-Donoso

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:16

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The breeding consequences of virus infections have rarely been studied in avian natural breeding populations. In this paper we investigated the links between humoral immunity following a natural flavivirus inf...

    Authors: Tanja M. Strand, Åke Lundkvist, Björn Olsen and Lars Gustafsson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:13

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The application of target capture with next-generation sequencing now enables phylogenomic analyses of rapidly radiating clades of species. But such analyses are complicated by extensive incomplete lineage sor...

    Authors: Jason G. Bragg, Sally Potter, Ana C. Afonso Silva, Conrad J. Hoskin, Benjamin Y. H. Bai and Craig Moritz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:15

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Marine threespine sticklebacks colonized and adapted to brackish and freshwater environments since the last Pleistocene glacial. Throughout the Holarctic, three lateral plate morphs are observed; the low, part...

    Authors: Kjartan Østbye, Annette Taugbøl, Mark Ravinet, Chris Harrod, Ruben Alexander Pettersen, Louis Bernatchez and Leif Asbjørn Vøllestad

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:14

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The Wnt signaling pathway is uniquely metazoan and used in many processes during development, including the formation of polarity and body axes. In sponges, one of the earliest diverging animal groups, Wnt pat...

    Authors: Pamela J. Windsor Reid, Eugueni Matveev, Alexandra McClymont, Dora Posfai, April L. Hill and Sally P. Leys

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:12

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  10. Content type: Methodology article

    The nonparametric bootstrap is widely used to measure the branch support of phylogenetic trees. However, bootstrapping is computationally expensive and remains a bottleneck in phylogenetic analyses. Recently, ...

    Authors: Diep Thi Hoang, Le Sy Vinh, Tomáš Flouri, Alexandros Stamatakis, Arndt von Haeseler and Bui Quang Minh

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:11

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Universal stress proteins (USPs) are present in all domains of life. Their expression is upregulated in response to a large variety of stress conditions. The functional diversity found in this protein family, ...

    Authors: Sergio Martin Espinola, Martin Pablo Cancela, Lauís Brisolara Corrêa and Arnaldo Zaha

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:10

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Whole genome duplication plays a central role in plant evolution. There are two main classes of polyploid formation: autopolyploids which arise within one species by doubling of similar homologous genomes; in ...

    Authors: Jonna S. Eriksson, Filipe de Sousa, Yann J. K. Bertrand, Alexandre Antonelli, Bengt Oxelman and Bernard E. Pfeil

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:9

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Antennae are multi-segmented appendages and main odor-sensing organs in insects. In Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies), antennal morphologies have diversified according to their ecological requirements. While...

    Authors: Toshiya Ando, Haruhiko Fujiwara and Tetsuya Kojima

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:8

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Fungal plant pathogens secrete a large arsenal of hydrolytic enzymes during the course of infection, including peptidases. Secreted peptidases have been extensively studied for their role as effectors. In this...

    Authors: Parvathy Krishnan, Xin Ma, Bruce A. McDonald and Patrick C. Brunner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:7

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Population genetics theory predicts an important role of differences in the effective population size (N e ) among species on shaping the accumulation of functional mutations...

    Authors: Jianhai Chen, Pan Ni, Xinyun Li, Jianlin Han, Ivan Jakovlić, Chengjun Zhang and Shuhong Zhao

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:4

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The genomes of all vertebrates harbor remnants of ancient retroviral infections, having affected the germ line cells during the last 100 million years. These sequences, named Endogenous Retroviruses (ERVs), ha...

    Authors: Nicole Grandi, Marta Cadeddu, Jonas Blomberg, Jens Mayer and Enzo Tramontano

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:6

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Tracking newly emergent virulent populations in agroecosystems provides an opportunity to increase our understanding of the co-evolution dynamics of pathogens and their hosts. On the one hand host plants exert...

    Authors: Monika Michalecka, Sylwester Masny, Thibault Leroy and Joanna Puławska

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:5

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Maleness in mammals is genetically determined by the Y chromosome. On the Y chromosome SRY is known as the mammalian male-determining gene. Both placental mammals (Eutheria) and marsupial mammals (Metatheria) hav...

    Authors: Yukako Katsura, Hiroko X. Kondo, Janelle Ryan, Vincent Harley and Yoko Satta

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:3

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Neo-sex chromosome systems arose independently multiple times in evolution, presenting the remarkable characteristic of repetitive DNAs accumulation. Among grasshoppers, occurrence of neo-XY was repeatedly not...

    Authors: Octavio M. Palacios-Gimenez, Diogo Milani, Bernardo Lemos, Elio R. Castillo, Dardo A. Martí, Erica Ramos, Cesar Martins and Diogo C. Cabral-de-Mello

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:2

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  20. Content type: Database

    The thousands of species of closely related cichlid fishes in the great lakes of East Africa are a powerful model for understanding speciation and the genetic basis of trait variation. Recently, the genomes of...

    Authors: Ajay Ramakrishnan Varadarajan, Rohini Mopuri, J. Todd Streelman and Patrick T. McGrath

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:1

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