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  1. Content type: Research article

    C-to-U RNA editing in mitochondria and chloroplasts and the nuclear-encoded, RNA-binding PPR proteins acting as editing factors present a wide field of co-evolution between the different genetic systems in a p...

    Authors: Anke Hein and Volker Knoop

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:85

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    Porous species boundaries can be a source of conflicting hypotheses, particularly when coupled with variable data and/or methodological approaches. Their impacts can often be magnified when non-model organisms...

    Authors: Max R. Bangs, Marlis R. Douglas, Steven M. Mussmann and Michael E. Douglas

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:86

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    Along with sperm, in many taxa ejaculates also contain large numbers of seminal fluid proteins (SFPs). SFPs and sperm are transferred to the mating partner, where they are thought to play key roles in mediatin...

    Authors: Michael Weber, Julia Wunderer, Birgit Lengerer, Robert Pjeta, Marcelo Rodrigues, Lukas Schärer, Peter Ladurner and Steven A. Ramm

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:81

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    Understanding genomic and phenotypic diversity among cryptic pest taxa has important implications for the management of pests and diseases. The diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella L., has been intensively studi...

    Authors: Kym D. Perry, Gregory J. Baker, Kevin J. Powis, Joanne K. Kent, Christopher M. Ward and Simon W. Baxter

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:77

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    It is thought that after whole-genome duplications (WGDs), a large fraction of the duplicated gene copies is lost over time while few duplicates are retained. Which factors promote survival or death of a dupli...

    Authors: Elisabeth Kaltenegger, Svetlana Leng and Alexander Heyl

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:76

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The effects of historical geology and climatic events on the evolution of plants around the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau region have been at the center of debate for years. To identify the influence of the uplift o...

    Authors: Yan-Fei Zeng, Jian-Guo Zhang, Bawerjan Abuduhamiti, Wen-Ting Wang and Zhi-Qing Jia

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:75

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    Numerous studies have favored dispersal (colonization) over vicariance (past fragmentation) events to explain eastern Asian-North American distribution patterns. In plants, however the disjunction between east...

    Authors: Kun-Li Xiang, Andrey S. Erst, Xiao-Guo Xiang, Florian Jabbour and Wei Wang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:74

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The morphological and functional evolution of appendages has played a key role in the diversification of arthropods. While the ancestral arthropod appendage is held to be polyramous, terrestriality is associat...

    Authors: Zhiyong Di, Gregory D. Edgecombe and Prashant P. Sharma

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:73

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Adaptive responses to nutrient limitation involve mutations that increase the efficiency of usage or uptake of the limiting nutrient. However, starvation of different nutrients has contrasting effects on physi...

    Authors: Omar M. Warsi, Dan I. Andersson and Daniel E. Dykhuizen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:72

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Apoid wasps and bees (Apoidea) are an ecologically and morphologically diverse group of Hymenoptera, with some species of bees having evolved eusocial societies. Major problems for our understanding of the evo...

    Authors: Manuela Sann, Oliver Niehuis, Ralph S. Peters, Christoph Mayer, Alexey Kozlov, Lars Podsiadlowski, Sarah Bank, Karen Meusemann, Bernhard Misof, Christoph Bleidorn and Michael Ohl

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:71

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Phylogenetic analysis of DNA from modern and ancient samples allows the reconstruction of important demographic and evolutionary processes. A critical component of these analyses is the estimation of evolution...

    Authors: K. Jun Tong, David A. Duchêne, Sebastián Duchêne, Jemma L. Geoghegan and Simon Y. W. Ho

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:70

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  12. Content type: Research article

    One explanation for the persistence of schizophrenia despite the reduced fertility of patients is that it is a by-product of recent human evolution. This hypothesis is supported by evidence suggesting that rec...

    Authors: Niladri Banerjee, Tatiana Polushina, Francesco Bettella, Sudheer Giddaluru, Vidar M. Steen, Ole A. Andreassen and Stephanie Le Hellard

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:63

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  13. Content type: Methodology article

    Phylogenetic comparative methods allow us to test evolutionary hypotheses without the benefit of an extensive fossil record. These methods, however, make simplifying assumptions, among them that clades are alw...

    Authors: Andrew G. Simpson, Peter J. Wagner, Scott L. Wing and Charles B. Fenster

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:69

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  14. Content type: Research

    Debated aspects in speciation research concern the amount of gene flow between incipient species under secondary contact and the modes by which post-zygotic isolation accumulates. Secondary contact zones of al...

    Authors: Christophe Dufresnes, Petros Lymberakis, Panagiotis Kornilios, Romain Savary, Nicolas Perrin and Matthias Stöck

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:67

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Previous phylogenetic analyses of primnoid octocorals utilizing morphological or molecular data have each recovered evolutionary relationships among genera that are largely incongruent with each other, with so...

    Authors: Stephen D. Cairns and Herman H. Wirshing

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:66

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The common loon (Gavia immer) is one of five species that comprise the avian order Gaviiformes. Loons are specialized divers, reaching depths up to 60 m while staying submerged for intervals up to three minutes. ...

    Authors: Zach G. Gayk, Diana Le Duc, Jeffrey Horn and Alec R. Lindsay

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:64

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Complete mitochondrial (mt) genomes have been sequenced for thousands of animals and represent a molecule of choice for many evolutionary studies. Nevertheless, some animal groups have remained under-sampled. ...

    Authors: Hanan Arafat, Ada Alamaru, Carmela Gissi and Dorothée Huchon

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:65

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The family Phyllostomidae (Chiroptera) shows wide morphological, molecular and cytogenetic variation; many disagreements regarding its phylogeny and taxonomy remains to be resolved. In this study, we use chrom...

    Authors: Anderson José Baia Gomes, Cleusa Yoshiko Nagamachi, Luis Reginaldo Ribeiro Rodrigues, Malcolm Andrew Ferguson-Smith, Fengtang Yang, Patricia Caroline Mary O’Brien and Julio Cesar Pieczarka

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:62

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Hybridization is very common in plants, and the incorporation of new alleles into existing lineages (i.e. admixture) can blur species boundaries. However, admixture also has the potential to increase standing ...

    Authors: Martin P. Schilling, Zachariah Gompert, Fay-Wei Li, Michael D. Windham and Paul G. Wolf

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:61

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The role of chromosomal arrangements in adaptation is supported by the repeatable clinal variation in inversion frequencies across continents in colonizing species such as Drosophila subobscura. However, there is...

    Authors: Pedro Simões and Marta Pascual

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:60

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Dengue virus type 3 genotype III (DENV3/III) is associated with increased number of severe infections when it emerged in the Americas and Asia. We had previously demonstrated that the DENV3/III was introduced ...

    Authors: Kim-Kee Tan, Nurul-Izzani Zulkifle, Syuhaida Sulaiman, Sui-Ping Pang, NurAsyura NorAmdan, NorAziyah MatRahim, Juraina Abd-Jamil, Meng-Hooi Shu, Nor Muhammad Mahadi and Sazaly AbuBakar

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:58

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  22. Content type: Research article

    If a parasite is able to transmit horizontally or vertically, which transmission mode will it choose? We investigated how the growth conditions and the genotype of the mosquito Aedes aegypti affect the transmissi...

    Authors: Giacomo Zilio, Kevin Thiévent and Jacob C. Koella

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:59

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Volcanic and tectonic activities in conjunction with Quaternary climate are the main events that shaped the geographical distribution of genetic variation of many lineages. Poeciliopsis infans is the only poecili...

    Authors: Rosa Gabriela Beltrán-López, Omar Domínguez-Domínguez, Rodolfo Pérez-Rodríguez, Kyle Piller and Ignacio Doadrio

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:56

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Recombination is widespread across the tree of life, because it helps purge deleterious mutations and creates novel adaptive traits. In prokaryotes, it often takes the form of horizontal gene transfer from a d...

    Authors: Hoi Yee Chu, Kathleen Sprouffske and Andreas Wagner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:54

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Differences in species richness among phylogenetic clades are attributed to clade age and/or variation in diversification rates. Access to ecological opportunity may trigger a temporary increase in diversifica...

    Authors: Diana Delicado, Torsten Hauffe and Thomas Wilke

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:55

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Cavefish populations belonging to the Mexican tetra species Astyanax mexicanus are outstanding models to study the tempo and mode of adaptation to a radical environmental change. They are currently assigned to tw...

    Authors: Julien Fumey, Hélène Hinaux, Céline Noirot, Claude Thermes, Sylvie Rétaux and Didier Casane

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:43

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The phylogeny of Cnidaria has been a source of debate for decades, during which nearly all-possible relationships among the major lineages have been proposed. The ecological success of Cnidaria is predicated o...

    Authors: Ehsan Kayal, Bastian Bentlage, M. Sabrina Pankey, Aki H. Ohdera, Monica Medina, David C. Plachetzki, Allen G. Collins and Joseph F. Ryan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:68

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Life history characteristics are considered important factors influencing the evolutionary processes of natural populations, including the patterns of population genetic structure of a species. The sister spec...

    Authors: Song Yi Baek, Ji Hyoun Kang, Seo Hee Jo, Ji Eun Jang, Seo Yeon Byeon, Ju-hyoun Wang, Hwang-Goo Lee, Jun-Kil Choi and Hyuk Je Lee

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:52

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Heterotrimeric G proteins are fundamental signaling proteins composed of three subunits, Gα and a Gβγ dimer. The role of Gα as a molecular switch is critical for transmitting and amplifying intracellular signa...

    Authors: A. D. Lokits, H. Indrischek, J. Meiler, H. E. Hamm and P. F. Stadler

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:51

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Recently, population genetic studies of Mediterranean marine species highlighted patterns of genetic divergence and phylogeographic breaks, due to the interplay between impacts of Pleistocene climate shifts an...

    Authors: Temim Deli, Evrim Kalkan, Selahattin Ünsal Karhan, Sonya Uzunova, Alireza Keikhosravi, Raşit Bilgin and Christoph D. Schubart

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:53

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Non-human primates have long been identified to harbour different species of Plasmodium. Long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis), in particular, are reservoirs for P. knowlesi, P. inui, P. cynomolgi, P. coatne...

    Authors: Thamayanthi Nada Raja, Ting Huey Hu, Ramlah Zainudin, Kim Sung Lee, Susan L. Perkins and Balbir Singh

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:49

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  32. Content type: Research article

    South China encompasses complex and diverse landforms, giving rise to high biological diversity and endemism from the Hengduan Mountains to Taiwan Island. Many species are widely distributed across South China...

    Authors: Xue Lv, Jilong Cheng, Yang Meng, Yongbin Chang, Lin Xia, Zhixin Wen, Deyan Ge, Shaoying Liu and Qisen Yang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:50

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Comparative studies of neuroanatomy and neurodevelopment provide valuable information for phylogenetic inference. Beyond that, they reveal transformations of neuroanatomical structures during animal evolution ...

    Authors: Georg Brenneis, Gerhard Scholtz and Barbara S. Beltz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:47

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The economic value of ginseng in the global medicinal plant trade is estimated to be in excess of US$2.1 billion. At the same time, the evolutionary placement of ginseng (Panax ginseng) and the complex evolutiona...

    Authors: V. Manzanilla, A. Kool, L. Nguyen Nhat, H. Nong Van, H. Le Thi Thu and H. J. de Boer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:44

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Energy (resources) acquired by animals should be allocated towards competing demands, maintenance, growth, reproduction and fat storage. Reproduction has the second lowest priority in energy allocation and onl...

    Authors: Lin Zhang, Kun Guo, Guang-Zheng Zhang, Long-Hui Lin and Xiang Ji

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:45

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Our understanding of the ontogeny of Palaeozoic brachiopods has changed significantly during the last two decades. However, the micromorphic acrotretoids have received relatively little attention, resulting in...

    Authors: Zhiliang Zhang, Leonid E. Popov, Lars E. Holmer and Zhifei Zhang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:42

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Genome reduction in intracellular pathogens and endosymbionts is usually compensated by reliance on the host for energy and nutrients. Free-living taxa with reduced genomes must however evolve strategies for g...

    Authors: Huan Qiu, Alessandro W. Rossoni, Andreas P. M. Weber, Hwan Su Yoon and Debashish Bhattacharya

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:41

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the genetic and environmental mechanisms governing variation in morphology or phenology in wild populations is currently an important challenge. While there is a general consensus that selection ...

    Authors: E. Quéméré, J. M. Gaillard, M. Galan, C. Vanpé, I. David, M. Pellerin, P. Kjellander, A. J. M. Hewison and J. M. Pemberton

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:39

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The ants of the Formica genus are classical model species in evolutionary biology. In particular, Darwin used Formica as model species to better understand the evolution of slave-making, a parasitic behaviour whe...

    Authors: Jonathan Romiguier, Jonathan Rolland, Claire Morandin and Laurent Keller

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:40

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The maternally inherited endosymbiont Wolbachia is widespread in arthropods and nematodes and can play an important role in the ecology and evolution of its host through reproductive manipulation. Here, we survey...

    Authors: Hannes Schuler, Scott P. Egan, Glen R. Hood, Robert W. Busbee, Amanda L. Driscoe and James R. Ott

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:37

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Protein-coding genes expressed in sperm evolve at different rates. To gain deeper insight into the factors underlying this heterogeneity we examined the relative importance of a diverse set of previously descr...

    Authors: Julia Schumacher and Holger Herlyn

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:35

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Morphological convergence triggered by trophic adaptations is a common pattern in adaptive radiations. The study of shape variation in an evolutionary context is usually restricted to well-studied fish models....

    Authors: Madlen Stange, Gabriel Aguirre-Fernández, Walter Salzburger and Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:38

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Introduced biological control agents have opportunities of population admixture through multiple introductions in the field. However, the importance of population admixture for their establishment success ofte...

    Authors: Hao-Sen Li, Shang-Jun Zou, Patrick De Clercq and Hong Pang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:36

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