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, ETH Zurich
  • David Liberles, University of Wyoming
  • Arndt von Haeseler, Max F Perutz Laboratories

Section Editors: Phylogenetics and phylogeography

  • Herve Philippe, Université de Montréal
  • Jim Provan, Queen's University Belfast

Section Editor: Speciation and evolutionary genetics

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  • Image attributed to: From de Bekker et al 2014

    Mind control in zombie ants

    Parasitic Ophiocordyceps fungi, who turn their ant hosts into ‘zombies’, can infect and kill multiple ant species but only manipulate behaviour in their specific host species; this could be related to the metabolites they secrete.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:166
  • Image attributed to: Forehand.jay, Wikipedia, CC3.0

    The evolution of a butterfly supergene

    Female mocker swallowtail butterflies show a remarkable variety of wing patterns, each mimicking a different poisonous butterfly species; a new study provides insights into the evolution of the supergene locus that makes these polymorphisms possible.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:140
  • Image attributed to: Joseph Smit, Public domain

    As dead as the Dodo and twice as mysterious

    The origins of the extinct Spotted Green Pigeon, known only from a single museum specimen, are shrouded in mystery; DNA analysis tells us more about its likely relatives and, possibly, about the origins of the Dodo as well.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:136
  • Image attributed to: From Marie-Orleach et al

    Fluorescent sperm in a transparent worm

    Experimental validation confirms that a transgenic line of free-living flatworms expressing GFP in their sperm cells present a unique opportunity to follow sperm and sperm competitive dynamics in a single individual over time.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:148
  • Image attributed to: Bob Goldstein, UNC Chapel Hill, CC3.0

    Hermaphrodites and the evolution of outcrossing

    Experimental evolution in C.elegans demonstrates that population fitness increases with outcrossing rates; surprisingly, this depends little on hermaphrodites (whose mating success declines with increased fitness) but rather on males as the primary drivers of adaptive evolution of outcrossing.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:116



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