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

Executive Editor

  • Christopher Foote, BioMed Central


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    A new way to partition large datasets

    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, 14:82
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    Opening up data in ecology and evolution

    BMC Evolutionary Biology and BMC Ecology announce integration with the data repository Dryad, discussing in a joint Editorial the many ways in which open data can facilitate research that is fit for purpose in the digital age.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:66
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    A history of lions

    Phylogeographic analysis, integrating mitochondrial DNA from both modern and extinct lion populations, suggests lions migrated from Africa into Asia more recently than previously thought and that conservation efforts should focus more on West African populations.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:70
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    Solving the bushbaby mystery

    A lack of fossils and molecular data has made the origins of bushbabies the biggest mystery in primatology; a new phylogenetic analysis, based on the largest molecular dataset yet assembled, sheds new light on this question.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:72
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    Tolerate or resist?

    Experimental study of tolerance and resistance to disease in Drosophilia demonstrates the importance of distinguishing between different phases of infection when considering the effects of genetic variation and diet; current models of pathogenic infection are too simplistic.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:56
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