Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Evolution: Shining a light on the origin of fly species

    Hui Gong, Lucia Prieto-Godino
    Natural light gradients within a habitat may have helped form new fly species that have differing preferences for light.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Divergent sensory investment mirrors potential speciation via niche partitioning across Drosophila

    Ian W Keesey et al.
    Phototaxis and courtship behavioral preferences reflect strong correlation with differences in olfactory and visual nervous system investment across five monophyletic Drosophila species, and could help explain their speciation events.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Drosophila seminal sex peptide associates with rival as well as own sperm, providing SP function in polyandrous females

    Snigdha Misra, Mariana F Wolfner
    A seminal protein from a mating-male can bind sperm previously stored in his mate, providing direct benefits to the sperm from the prior male that mated with her.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Emergence and diversification of a host-parasite RNA ecosystem through Darwinian evolution

    Taro Furubayashi et al.
    In an in vitro RNA replication system, an RNA spontaneously diversifies and continuously evolves through coevolution with parasitic entities.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Transient role of the middle ear as a lower jaw support across mammals

    Neal Anthwal et al.
    The incus of the middle ear plays a role in supporting the lower jaw prior to the formation of the mammalian jaw joint allowing early feeding in monotremes and marsupials.

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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    On the origin of fly species

    Hui Gong, Lucia Prieto-Godino
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The evolution of kisspeptin

    Maria I Arnone, Paola Oliveri

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