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    Chimps threatened by climate change

    Climate modelling projects that chimpanzee populations in central Cameroon will experience drastic reductions in suitable habitat over the course of this century; habitat for other West African populations is predicted to remain largely unchanged.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:2
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    What makes a social insect sleep around?

    The reason why multiple mating evolves in social insects has long been a puzzle; new research shows that, at least in social wasps, its evolution is strongly linked to ecological factors such as colony size.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:277
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    Seasonal migration in the H3N2 influenza virus

    New models of the seasonal drivers of the H3N2 influenza virus suggest that focusing on connectivity, like air travel, will not be sufficient to predict likely outbreaks; factors affecting migration and persistence must also be taken into account.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:272
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    When breeding for length, put no weight on mass

    Longshanks mice, a line of laboratory mice specially bred for longer hind-limbs, showed a substantial increase in limb length over just 14 generations despite restraints caused by genetic correlations with body mass, which did not increase.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:258
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    The scale of keratin evolution in birds

    A new analysis, utilising new phylogenetically diverse sequences produced by the Avian Genome Consortium, shows that diversification of beta keratin genes has been crucial in the evolution of feathers and the resulting adaptation of birds into multiple niches.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:249
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