Section Editor: Evolutionary developmental biology and morphology
- Sylvie Mazan, CNRS
Section Editor: Experimental evolution
- Michael Brockhurst, University of York
Section Editors: Genome evolution and evolutionary systems biology
- Maria Anisimova, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
- David Liberles, Temple University
- Arndt von Haeseler, Max F Perutz Laboratories
Section Editors: Phylogenetics and phylogeography
- Herve Philippe, Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling
Section Editor: Speciation and evolutionary genetics
- Hirohisa Kishino, University of Tokyo
Section Editor: Theories and models
- Susanna C. Manrubia, Centro de Astrobiologia, CSIC-INTA
- Christopher Foote, BioMed Central
Longshanks mice, a line of laboratory mice specially bred for longer hind-limbs, showed a substantial increase in limb length over just 14 generations despite restraints caused by genetic correlations with body mass, which did not increase.
A new analysis, utilising new phylogenetically diverse sequences produced by the Avian Genome Consortium, shows that diversification of beta keratin genes has been crucial in the evolution of feathers and the resulting adaptation of birds into multiple niches.
Clownfish have evolved to fill numerous niches on coral reefs; this burst of diversification appears to have been fuelled by ancient hybridisation events that created novel genetic diversity and eventually new species.
A new database, the most comprehensive and thorough analysis of mitochondrial gene content to date, has implications for the deep phylogeny of eukaryotes and provides an important resource for researchers in genome evolution.
Estimating growth rates from fossil bones is difficult, depending on counting lines of arrested growth or measuring density; a comparison of dinosaur bones suggests that, due to variation between bones and individuals, both methods can be unreliable.
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:258
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