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

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  • Christopher Foote, BioMed Central


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    A history of Aloe vera

    Can a new analysis of the evolutionary history of the aloes identify why Aloe vera, and not one of the 500 other Aloe species, has been so extensively used medicinally for over 2000 years?

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:29
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    For ants and bacteria, compatibility matters

    Acromyrmex ants use domesticated bacteria to protect their cultivated fungal gardens from parasites; new experiments show that individual ant and bacteria species have co-evolved such that ants are negatively affected when inoculated with a different bacteria species.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:27
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    Where does the house mouse come from?

    Although a key model species in biology, the evolutionary origins of the house mouse are poorly understood; a new phylogeographic analysis highlights Iran as a focal point of initial diversification of these animals, which have since conquered the world.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:26
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    Of giants and dwarfs

    Examining the bone tissue patterns and growth rates of existing and extinct deer species provides new insights into the evolution of dwarf and giant species and suggests a link between dwarfism and longer life spans.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:19
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    How to tell if a cannibal spider likes you

    Male cannibal spiders attempt to copulate with a female long enough to plug her genitalia, preventing other males from mating with her; however, in an interesting form of sexual selection, this process is actually largely controlled by females.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:18



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