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    How one lizard thrives on top of the world

    No lizard lives at higher altitudes than P.erythrurus, which makes it home high on the Tibetan plateau; new research provides insights into the genetic changes this species has undergone to adapt to life in such a challenging environment.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:101
  • Image attributed to: Daniel J. Field

    The origin of snakes

    The first comprehensive reconstruction of the ancestral snakes, using both genetic and fossil data, provides insights into early snake evolution and presents a picture of the first snake’s appearance and lifestyle.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:87
  • Image attributed to: Olei, CC3.0

    Sex in butterflies is a curious thing

    Closely related wood white butterfly species substantially differ in chromosome number and structure including, remarkably, possession of unique sex chromosome constitutions in each species, supporting an important role for chromosome rearrangements in speciation.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:89
  • Image attributed to: Boaworm, CC3.0

    Feathers and hair evolving in parallel

    Bird feathers contain a protein that, while structurally different, functions in much the same way as keratin does in mammalian hair; this appears to have been instrumental in the evolution of feathers.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:82
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    Bad backs and the evolution of bipedalism

    Human vertebrae with Schmorl’s nodes, indicative of disc herniation, share more similarities in shape with chimpanzee or orangutan vertebrae than do human vertebrae without Schmorl’s nodes, suggesting sufferers vertebrae are less well adapted to bipedalism.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:68
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