Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    The evolution and biological correlates of hand preferences in anthropoid primates

    Kai R Caspar, Fabian Pallasdies ... Sabine Begall
    Primate hand preference strength but not direction (left vs. right) generally reflects phylogeny and ecology at species level, but human handedness deviates markedly from all other species.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Spinosaurus is not an aquatic dinosaur

    Paul C Sereno, Nathan Myhrvold ... Lauren L Conroy
    A digital flesh model of the sail-backed dinosaur Spinosaurus was tested and performed very poorly in water, favoring the view of this dinosaur as a two-legged, wading ambush predator of large fish in shallow waterways and not an aquatic dinosaur.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution and regulation of microbial secondary metabolism

    Guillem Santamaria, Chen Liao ... Joao B Xavier
    Strains of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa that use secondary metabolism to make surfactants and change the surface tension of the liquid that surrounds them do so only if they can first meet their primary metabolic needs.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Whole-brain comparison of rodent and human brains using spatial transcriptomics

    Antoine Beauchamp, Yohan Yee ... Jason P Lerch
    A novel machine learning approach improves quantitative comparisons of mouse and human brains using spatial transcriptomics data sets.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Taxonium, a web-based tool for exploring large phylogenetic trees

    Theo Sanderson
    A new tool allows researchers to dive into phylogenetic trees containing millions of nodes using just their web browser.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution: Kin selection spreads

    James P Higham
    By spending more time around infants which physically resemble their own, mandrill mothers may increase how frequently their offspring interact with their paternal half siblings.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Science Forum: A low-cost, open-source evolutionary bioreactor and its educational use

    Vishhvaan Gopalakrishnan, Dena Crozier ... Jacob G Scott
    The EVolutionary biorEactor (EVE) can be built for less than $200, and can be used to evaluate microbial population dynamics in the lab and to teach evolution in high schools.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Polygenic adaptation after a sudden change in environment

    Laura Katharine Hayward, Guy Sella
    A shift in fitness optimum of a polygenic trait rapidly introduces small frequency differences between alleles with effects aligned with and opposing the shift, which gradually translate into small differences in fixation probability.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Wide-ranging consequences of priority effects governed by an overarching factor

    Callie R Chappell, Manpreet K Dhami ... Tadashi Fukami
    Analysis of microbial communities in floral nectar shows that it is possible to identify an overarching factor that governs the eco-evolutionary dynamics of priority effects across multiple levels of biological organization.


    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    A low-cost bioreactor

    Vishhvaan Gopalakrishnan, Dena Crozier ... Jacob G Scott
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Natural History of Model Organisms: E. coqui

    Sarah E Westrick, Mara Laslo, Eva K Fischer

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