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
- Hirohisa Kishino, University of Tokyo
Section Editor: Theories and models
- Susanna C. Manrubia, Centro de Astrobiologia, CSIC-INTA
- Christopher Foote, BioMed Central
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.
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.
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.
The tbx5 gene, linked to forelimb development in many vertebrates, is surprisingly still expressed normally in moa despite these extinct birds having lacked forelimbs; other genetic changes must have been responsible for the evolution of winglessness.
Partitioning is a crucial part of many phylogenetic analyses but is difficult to achieve with the very large datasets increasingly used in the field; a new relaxed hierarchical clustering method solves many of these problems.
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:164
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