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
The first comprehensive reconstruction of the ancestral snakes, using both genetic and fossil data, provides insights into early snake evolution and presents a picture of the first snake’s appearance and lifestyle.
Closely related wood white butterfly species substantially differ in chromosome number and structure including, remarkably, possession of unique sex chromosome constitutions in each species, supporting an important role for chromosome rearrangements in speciation.
Bird feathers contain a protein that, while structurally different, functions in much the same way as keratin does in mammalian hair; this appears to have been instrumental in the evolution of feathers.
Human vertebrae with Schmorl’s nodes, indicative of disc herniation, share more similarities in shape with chimpanzee or orangutan vertebrae than do human vertebrae without Schmorl’s nodes, suggesting sufferers vertebrae are less well adapted to bipedalism.
The choice of branching process prior in Bayesian molecular dating can have a drastic influence on age estimates, as demonstrated by new work on the iconic cycads, advocating for a model selection process in all future work.
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:96
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