Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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Latest articles

    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    The rapidly evolving X-linked MIR-506 family fine-tunes spermatogenesis to enhance sperm competition

    Zhuqing Wang, Yue Wang ... Wei Yan
    The rapidly evolving X-linked MIR-506 family miRNAs function to enhance sperm competitiveness and male reproductive fitness in mice.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    The CD4 transmembrane GGXXG and juxtamembrane (C/F)CV+C motifs mediate pMHCII-specific signaling independently of CD4-LCK interactions

    Mark S Lee, Peter J Tuohy ... Michael S Kuhns
    Evolution-guided structure-function analyses reveal that CD4 transmembrane and intracellular juxtamembrane motifs play a more profound role in initiating pMHCII-specific TCR-CD3 signaling than previously characterized CD4-Lck interactions.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The evolution of transposable elements in Brachypodium distachyon is governed by purifying selection, while neutral and adaptive processes play a minor role

    Robert Horvath, Nikolaos Minadakis ... Anne C Roulin
    Disentangling the different selective forces shaping the evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements (TEs) in the wild grass Brachypodium distachyon.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolutionary trade-offs in dormancy phenology

    Théo Constant, F. Stephen Dobson ... Sylvain Giroud
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution and diversity of biomineralized columnar architecture in early Cambrian phosphatic-shelled brachiopods

    Zhiliang Zhang, Zhifei Zhang ... Guoxiang Li
    Columnar architectures, developed in early Cambrian phosphatic-shelled brachiopods, are highly biologically controlled and organic-matrix mediated, which sheds new light on the evolution and adaptation of biomineralization during the Cambrian explosion.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Neuro-evolutionary evidence for a universal fractal primate brain shape

    Yujiang Wang, Karoline Leiberg ... Bruno Mota


    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Natural History of Model Organisms: E. coqui

    Sarah E Westrick, Mara Laslo, Eva K Fischer
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Plant Biology: Hiding in plain smell

    Youngsung Joo, Meredith C Schuman

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    New York University, United States
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    University of Toronto, Canada
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    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
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