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

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  • Christopher Foote, BioMed Central


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  • Image attributed to: Haug et al. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015

    The oldest holometabolous insect larva

    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.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:208
  • Image attributed to: Diaz and Trainor BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015

    How the chameleon learned to climb

    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.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:184
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    An incredible voyage

    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.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:196
  • Image attributed to: Fave et al. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015

    Predictable evolution?

    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.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:183
  • Image attributed to: Patrick Lynch/Yale University

    The oldest and the scariest sea scorpion

    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, 15:169



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