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 Manrubia, National Biotechnology Centre (CSIC), Madrid

Executive Editor

  • Christopher Foote, BioMed Central


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    Unexpected role for Hox genes in molluscs

    The ancestral role of mollusc Hox genes was control of the body plan axis, similar to the vast majority of bilateral animals but surprising given the more novel Hox gene functions found in many molluscs.  

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:151
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    The octopus, hot and cold

    Crucial to the spread of the octopus from tropics to poles is their ability to sustain oxygen supply even at sub-zero temperatures; molecular and structural evolution of the octopus blood-carrying molecule appears to be key to this.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:133
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    Male and female brain size in primates

    Larger brain size in males is a pattern persisting throughout primate and human evolution; new experiments suggest a major role for estrogen in down-regulating genes linked to brain size, resulting in the smaller female brain size.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:127
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    A royal fern of ancient origin

    An exquisitely preserved fossil rhizome from a Jurassic era species of royal fern adds new morphological evidence to the controversial question of these plants evolutionary origins.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:126
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    A genetic bloom to win an arms race

    A bloom of cytochrome P450 encoding genes in the parsley family, resulting from a proliferation of gene duplications, gives insights into the evolution of chemicals crucial to plants in protecting themselves against insects.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:122



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