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
- Christopher Foote, BioMed Central
A 311 million year old holometabolous insect larva, the oldest yet described, had a caterpillar like body plan and was likely an inactive herbivore, giving new insights into the evolution of a group that now dominates the planet.
The distinctive ‘two-toed’ feet of chameleons, key to their tree climbing ability, evolved through an increase in the number of skeletal elements in their wrists and ankles, allowing them to be remodelled as a ball-and-socket joint.
Phylogenetic analysis supports an Australasian origin of Mascarene stick insects, meaning their ancestors voyaged over 5000km to reach these islands off the African coast; they also arrived before the current islands even existed.
Ant populations, separated for 90,000 years on sky islands, independently evolved a wingless queen phenotype but each population also displays more random evolutionary changes in response to the same climatic and ecological changes.
The oldest eurypterid (or sea-scorpion) yet described, at around 460 million years old, was large and predatory; various anatomical features suggest that even older eurypterids remain to be discovered.
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:213
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