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  1. Content type: Research article

    Morphological divergences of snake retinal structure point to complex evolutionary processes and adaptations. The Colubridae family has a remarkable variety of retinal structure that can range from all-cone an...

    Authors: E. Hauzman, D. M. O. Bonci, E. Y. Suárez-Villota, M. Neitz and D. F. Ventura

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:249

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    Rates of morphological evolution vary across different taxonomic groups, and this has been proposed as one of the main drivers for the great diversity of organisms on Earth. Of the extrinsic factors pertaining...

    Authors: Emma Sherratt, Jeanne M. Serb and Dean C. Adams

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:248

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    The underlying mechanisms and processes that prompt the colonisation of extreme environments, such as caves, constitute major research themes of evolutionary biology and biospeleology. The special adaptations ...

    Authors: Jorge L. Pérez-Moreno, Gergely Balázs, Blake Wilkins, Gábor Herczeg and Heather D. Bracken-Grissom

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:247

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    Long-term survival in isolated marginal seas of the China coast during the late Pleistocene ice ages is widely believed to be an important historical factor contributing to population genetic structure in coas...

    Authors: Jing-Jing Li, Zi-Min Hu, Zhong-Min Sun, Jian-Ting Yao, Fu-Li Liu, Pablo Fresia and De-Lin Duan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:246

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    The glacial-interglacial cycles in the Pleistocene caused repeated range expansion and contraction of species in several regions in the world. However, it remains uncertain whether such climate oscillations ha...

    Authors: Feng Dong, Chih-Ming Hung, Xin-Lei Li, Jian-Yun Gao, Qiang Zhang, Fei Wu, Fu-Min Lei, Shou-Hsien Li and Xiao-Jun Yang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:244

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The volvocine lineage, containing unicellular Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and differentiated multicellular Volvox carteri, is a powerful model for comparative studies aiming at understanding emergence of multicellu...

    Authors: Yoko Arakaki, Takayuki Fujiwara, Hiroko Kawai-Toyooka, Kaoru Kawafune, Jonathan Featherston, Pierre M. Durand, Shin-ya Miyagishima and Hisayoshi Nozaki

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:243

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Although most extant animals have separate sexes, simultaneous hermaphrodites can be found in lineages throughout the animal kingdom. However, the sexual modes of key ancestral nodes including the last common ...

    Authors: Daniel A. Sasson and Joseph F. Ryan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:242

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    Ancient Di-Qiang people once resided in the Ganqing region of China, adjacent to the Central Plain area from where Han Chinese originated. While gene flow between the Di-Qiang and Han Chinese has been proposed...

    Authors: Jiawei Li, Wen Zeng, Ye Zhang, Albert Min-Shan Ko, Chunxiang Li, Hong Zhu, Qiaomei Fu and Hui Zhou

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:239

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    The presence of non-coding introns is a characteristic feature of most eukaryotic genes. While the size of the introns, number of introns per gene and the number of intron-containing genes can vary greatly bet...

    Authors: Rajiv K. Parvathaneni, Victoria L. DeLeo, John J. Spiekerman, Debkanta Chakraborty and Katrien M. Devos

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:238

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    The transition to a parasitic lifestyle entails comprehensive changes to the selective regime. In parasites, genes encoding for traits that facilitate host detection, exploitation and transmission should be un...

    Authors: B. Feldmeyer, D. Elsner, A. Alleman and S. Foitzik

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:237

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    An important feature of eukaryotic evolution is metabolic compartmentalization, in which certain pathways are restricted to the cytosol or specific organelles. Glycolysis in eukaryotes is described as a cytoso...

    Authors: Melania Abrahamian, Meenakshi Kagda, Audrey M. V. Ah-Fong and Howard S. Judelson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:241

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The classification of closely related plants is not straightforward. These morphologically similar taxa frequently maintain their inter-hybridization potential and share ancestral polymorphisms as a consequenc...

    Authors: Ana Lúcia A. Segatto, Maikel Reck-Kortmann, Caroline Turchetto and Loreta B. Freitas

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:234

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    The oviparity-viviparity transition is a major evolutionary event, likely altering the reproductive process of the organisms involved. Residual yolk, a portion of yolk remaining unutilized at hatching or birth...

    Authors: Yan-Qing Wu, Yan-Fu Qu, Xue-Ji Wang, Jian-Fang Gao and Xiang Ji

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:235

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Debilitating skin infestations caused by the mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, have a profound impact on human and animal health globally. In Australia, this impact is evident across different segments of Australian socie...

    Authors: Tamieka A. Fraser, Renfu Shao, Nicholas M. Fountain-Jones, Michael Charleston, Alynn Martin, Pam Whiteley, Roz Holme, Scott Carver and Adam Polkinghorne

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:233

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    The Cas4 family endonuclease is a component of the adaptation module in many variants of CRISPR-Cas adaptive immunity systems. Unlike most of the other Cas proteins, Cas4 is often encoded outside CRISPR-cas loci ...

    Authors: Sanjarbek Hudaiberdiev, Sergey Shmakov, Yuri I. Wolf, Michael P. Terns, Kira S. Makarova and Eugene V. Koonin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:232

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    Due to their great species and ecological diversity as well as their capacity to produce hundreds of different toxins, cone snails are of interest to evolutionary biologists, pharmacologists and amateur natura...

    Authors: Samuel Abalde, Manuel J. Tenorio, Carlos M. L. Afonso, Juan E. Uribe, Ana M. Echeverry and Rafael Zardoya

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:231

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    The Neotropical Region is known for its biodiversity and ranks third in number of known termite species. However, biogeographic and phylogeographic information of termites of this region is limited compared to...

    Authors: Amanda de Faria Santos, Tiago Fernandes Carrijo, Eliana Marques Cancello and Adriana Coletto Morales-Corrêa e Castro

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:230

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    Siglecs-11 and -16 are members of the sialic acid recognizing Ig-like lectin family, and expressed in same cells. Siglec-11 functions as an inhibitory receptor, whereas Siglec-16 exhibits activating properties...

    Authors: Toshiyuki Hayakawa, Zahra Khedri, Flavio Schwarz, Corinna Landig, Suh-Yuen Liang, Hai Yu, Xi Chen, Naoko T. Fujito, Yoko Satta, Ajit Varki and Takashi Angata

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:228

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Organisms living at high altitudes face low oxygen and temperature conditions; thus, the genetic mechanisms underlying the adaptations in these organisms merit investigation. The glyptosternoid fish, Creteuchilog...

    Authors: Jingliang Kang, Xiuhui Ma and Shunping He

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:229

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    Genetically divergent cryptic species are frequently detected by molecular methods. These discoveries are often a byproduct of molecular barcoding studies in which fragments of a selected marker are used for s...

    Authors: Anne Thielsch, Alexis Knell, Ali Mohammadyari, Adam Petrusek and Klaus Schwenk

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:227

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    Longwing butterflies, Heliconius sp., also called heliconians, are striking examples of diversity and mimicry in butterflies. Heliconians feature strongly colored patterns on their wings, arising from wing scales...

    Authors: Bodo D. Wilts, Aidan J. M. Vey, Adriana D. Briscoe and Doekele G. Stavenga

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:226

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