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    Northern lizards benefit from a warmer world

    During warmer years Swedish sand lizards lay their eggs earlier, a trait strongly linked to offspring survival, suggesting that for this population at the northern extremes of reptile ranges a warming climate could be beneficial.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:206
  • 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
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