Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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Latest articles

    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Alcids ‘fly’ at efficient Strouhal numbers in both air and water but vary stroke velocity and angle

    Anthony B Lapsansky et al.
    Four species of seabird produce efficient propulsive wakes while flying in the air and while swimming underwater suggesting that selection has optimized these species for locomotion in remarkably different fluids.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Predicting geographic location from genetic variation with deep neural networks

    CJ Battey et al.
    Neural networks allow fast and accurate prediction of individual spatial locations from genotypes or sequencing data.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Slightly beneficial genes are retained by bacteria evolving DNA uptake despite selfish elements

    Bram van Dijk et al.
    Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) helps slightly beneficial genes persist in microbial populations, incentivising cells to invest in costly DNA uptake, even in the presence of harmful selfish genetic elements.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Echinoderms provide missing link in the evolution of PrRP/sNPF-type neuropeptide signalling

    Luis Alfonso Yañez-Guerra et al.
    Discovery of a novel neuropeptide signalling system in a deuterostome invertebrate reveals the evolutionary origin of prolactin-releasing peptide and its relationship with neuropeptides in protostome invertebrates.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    True S-cones are concentrated in the ventral mouse retina and wired for color detection in the upper visual field

    Francisco M Nadal-Nicolás et al.
    Unique 'true' S-cone and S-cone bipolar cell distribution patterns in the mouse retina are previously unappreciated anatomical features that support enhanced short-wavelength signaling for color detection above horizon.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Genomic and phenotypic evolution of Escherichia coli in a novel citrate-only resource environment

    Zachary D Blount et al.
    Transposable elements and gene amplifications can provide variation needed for novel trait refinement and adaptation to new niches, though a recalcitrant organism-environment mismatch may persist.

Highlights

    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The evolution of kisspeptin

    Maria I Arnone, Paola Oliveri
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution: Sculpting new structures

    Jocelyn A McDonald, Yoshinori Tomoyasu

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  1. George H Perry
    Pennsylvania State University, United States
  2. Detlef Weigel
    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
  3. Patricia Wittkopp
    University of Michigan, United States
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