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, 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

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  • Christopher Foote, BioMed Central

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    Effects of radiation on Japanese butterflies

    Laboratory experiments show that eating food contaminated with even relatively low levels of radiation can have detrimental effects on pale grass blue butterflies, a common species in Japan; these effects are passed down the generations, but are reversible.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:193
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    One fig, many wasps

    Fig trees and their pollinating wasps are a classic example of symbiosis; however, genetic analysis shows that five cryptic wasp species pollinate a single Australian fig species, a curious example of speciation despite the same underlying ecology.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:189
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    Slothful trends in evolution

    While existing sloth species have relatively small body sizes, a phylogenetic analysis that includes fossil species suggests this is unrepresentative of long-term evolutionary trends in this group which were towards larger and larger body sizes.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:184
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    Dive into the history of a complex beetle

    Reconstructing the evolutionary history of the A. Brunneus complex of diving beetles shows the importance of distinctive morphology, as well as increased cold-tolerance, in the expansion of these beetles from North Africa into Europe.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:187
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    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

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