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  1. Content type: Research article

    Phylactolaemata is commonly regarded the earliest branch within Bryozoa and thus the sister group to the other bryozoan taxa, Cyclostomata and Gymnolaemata. Therefore, the taxon is important for the reconstruc...

    Authors: Natalie Gawin, Andreas Wanninger and Thomas Schwaha

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:225

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  2. Content type: Methodology article

    Primulina Hance is an emerging model for studying evolutionary divergence, adaptation and speciation of the karst flora. However, phylogenetic relationships within the genus have not b...

    Authors: Chao Feng, Meizhen Xu, Chen Feng, Eric J. B. von Wettberg and Ming Kang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:224

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  3. Content type: Research article

    A range of higher animal taxa are shared across various chemosynthesis-based ecosystems (CBEs), which demonstrates the evolutionary link between these habitats, but on a global scale the number of species inha...

    Authors: Mari H. Eilertsen, Jon A. Kongsrud, Tom Alvestad, Josefin Stiller, Greg W. Rouse and Hans T. Rapp

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:222

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Grass powdery mildew (Blumeria graminis, Ascomycota) is a major pathogen of cereal crops and has become a model organism for obligate biotrophic fungal pathogens of plants. The sequenced genomes of two formae spe...

    Authors: Fabrizio Menardo, Coraline R. Praz, Thomas Wicker and Beat Keller

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:223

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The impact of predator-prey interactions on the evolution of many marine invertebrates is poorly understood. Since barriers to genetic exchange are less obvious in the marine realm than in terrestrial or fresh...

    Authors: Jessica A. Goodheart, Adam L. Bazinet, Ángel Valdés, Allen G. Collins and Michael P. Cummings

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:221

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Interspecies animal hybrids can employ clonal or hemiclonal reproduction modes where one or all parental genomes are transmitted to the progeny without recombination. Nevertheless, some interspecies hybrids re...

    Authors: Dmitry Dedukh, Spartak Litvinchuk, Juriy Rosanov, Dmitry Shabanov and Alla Krasikova

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:220

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  7. Content type: Review

    Recently, important discoveries regarding the archaeon that functioned as the “host” in the merger with a bacterium that led to the eukaryotes, its “complex” nature, and its phylogenetic relationship to eukary...

    Authors: P.T.S. van der Gulik, W.D. Hoff and D. Speijer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:218

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The Spiralia are a large, morphologically diverse group of protostomes (e.g. molluscs, annelids, nemerteans) that share a homologous mode of early development called spiral cleavage. One of the most highly-con...

    Authors: Deirdre C. Lyons, Kimberly J. Perry and Jonathan Q. Henry

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:217

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Species with broad distributions frequently divide into multiple genetic forms and may therefore be viewed as “cryptic species”. Here, we used the mitochondrial cytochrome b (Cytb) and 12 nuclear DNA loci to inve...

    Authors: Weitao Chen, Zaixuan Zhong, Wei Dai, Qi Fan and Shunping He

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:216

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Small non-coding RNAs, including miRNAs, and gene silencing mediated by RNA interference have been described in free-living and parasitic lineages of flatworms, but only few key factors of the small RNA pathwa...

    Authors: Santiago Fontenla, Gabriel Rinaldi, Pablo Smircich and Jose F. Tort

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:215

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Homoplasy affects demographic inference estimates. This effect has been recognized and corrective methods have been developed. However, no studies so far have defined what homoplasy metrics best describe the e...

    Authors: Diego Ortega-Del Vecchyo, Daniel Piñero, Lev Jardón-Barbolla and Joost van Heerwaarden

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:213

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  12. Content type: Research article

    This study aims to assess the role that Pleistocene refugia, rivers and local habitat conditions may have played in the evolutionary diversification of three central African duiker species (Cephalophus dorsalis, ...

    Authors: Stephan Ntie, Anne R. Davis, Katrin Hils, Patrick Mickala, Henri A. Thomassen, Katy Morgan, Hadrien Vanthomme, Mary K. Gonder and Nicola M. Anthony

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:212

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Pleistocene climatic fluctuations are known to be an engine of biotic diversification at higher latitudes, but their impact on highly diverse tropical areas such as the Andes remains less well-documented. Spec...

    Authors: Balaji Chattopadhyay, Kritika M. Garg, Chyi Yin Gwee, Scott V. Edwards and Frank E. Rheindt

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:210

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Filamentous cyanobacteria that differentiate multiple cell types are considered the peak of prokaryotic complexity and their evolution has been studied in the context of multicellularity origins. Species that ...

    Authors: Robin Koch, Anne Kupczok, Karina Stucken, Judith Ilhan, Katrin Hammerschmidt and Tal Dagan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:209

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Segmental composition and homologies of the head of stem-group Euarthropoda have been the foci of recent studies on arthropod origins. An emerging hypothesis suggests that upper-stem group euarthropods possess...

    Authors: Peiyun Cong, Allison C. Daley, Gregory D. Edgecombe and Xianguang Hou

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:208

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Cetacean brain size expansion is an enigmatic event in mammalian evolution, yet its genetic basis remains poorly explored. Here, all exons of the seven primary microcephaly (MCPH) genes that play key roles in siz...

    Authors: Shixia Xu, Xiaohui Sun, Xu Niu, Zepeng Zhang, Ran Tian, Wenhua Ren, Kaiya Zhou and Guang Yang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:206

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Interspecific interactions have long been assumed to play an important role in diversification. Mutualistic interactions, such as nursery pollination mutualisms, have been proposed as good candidates for diver...

    Authors: Lillian Jennifer Rodriguez, Anthony Bain, Lien-Siang Chou, Lucie Conchou, Astrid Cruaud, Regielene Gonzales, Martine Hossaert-McKey, Jean-Yves Rasplus, Hsy-Yu Tzeng and Finn Kjellberg

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:207

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The systematic positions of the extinct insect orders Hypoperlida, Miomoptera and Permopsocida were enigmatic and unstable for nearly a century. The recent studies based on new material, especially from the Ce...

    Authors: Jakub Prokop, Martina Pecharová, Romain Garrouste, Robert Beattie, Ioana C. Chintauan-Marquier and André Nel

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:205

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The molecular basis of evolutionary change is assumed to be genetic variation. However, growing evidence suggests that epigenetic mechanisms, such as DNA methylation, may also be involved in rapid adaptation t...

    Authors: Sabrina M. McNew, Daniel Beck, Ingrid Sadler-Riggleman, Sarah A. Knutie, Jennifer A. H. Koop, Dale H. Clayton and Michael K. Skinner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:183

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  20. Content type: Methodology article

    Estimating the variability in isolation times across co-distributed taxon pairs that may have experienced the same allopatric isolating mechanism is a core goal of comparative phylogeography. The use of hierar...

    Authors: Isaac Overcast, Justin C. Bagley and Michael J. Hickerson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:203

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The adaptive evolution of species response to environment are the key issues in molecular ecology and evolutionary biology. The direction of adaptive differentiation of species in regions lacking strong select...

    Authors: Cai-Yun Miao, Yong Li, Jie Yang and Run-Li Mao

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:202

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