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New Content ItemPlants under pressure

Guest Edited by Isabel Barrio and Alessandro Rapini

New Content ItemPaleoecology of extinct species 

Guest Edited by Yucheng Wang and Michael Pittman

New Content ItemAgroecology: protecting, restoring, and promoting biodiversity

Guest Edited by Jessica Knapp and Andrea Sciarretta

New Content ItemEcosystem restoration, regeneration and rewilding

Guest Edited by Carmel McDougall and Nancy Shackelford

New Content ItemAutomated and remote biodiversity monitoring

Guest Edited by Luiz Silva and Jenni Raitoharju

Biological invasions

Guest Edited by Gary Bucciarelli, Victoria Dominguez Almela, and Josie South

BMC Ecology and Evolution blogs

New Content ItemBehind the paper: The origin and evolution of woolly rhinoceros in the view of ancient DNA

Junxia Yuan and Guilian Sheng highlight how advancements in ancient DNA technology have enabled their research on the evolution of the woolly rhinoceros. Their findings suggest that Northern China could be a refugium and a key evolution center of the Pleistocene woolly rhinoceros.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper: Heads or tails? A new look at birthing strategies of extinct marine reptiles

Feiko Miedema tells us the story behind his paper using fossil evidence to investigate the evolution of ichthyosaur birth positions.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper: Statistical mechanics of prokaryote pan-genomes

Using metabolic reactions, Daniel Garza and colleagues introduce a sampling approach that disentangles the drivers of pan-genome evolution and provides a mechanistic interpretation for gene frequencies.

New Content Item © Eleanor HayBehind the Paper: Honeyeaters prove Darwin right

Eleanor Hay tells us the story behind her paper exploring geographic range size and speciation in honeyeaters.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper: Palaeontology in a pandemic

Jordon Mallon tells us how a team of trans-Pacific palaeontologists came together during the COVID-19 pandemic to remotely work on describing exciting new Hadrosauroid dinosaur eggs and embryos from China.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper - How standing genetic diversity influences species responses to environmental change 

Understanding how species respond to climate change is critical for their conservation. Buckley and colleagues use genomic and environmental data of two threatened freshwater fishes to show how complex intraspecific patterns of genetic diversity might shape species responses.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper: From pocket lizards to mighty dragons - evolution of growth patterns in monitor lizards

Monitor lizards vary greatly in size and habitat preferences, both among species and between babies and adults of the same species. Pavón-Vázquez and colleagues use this diversity to study how size-imposed constraints and ecological features influence the evolution of growth patterns.


  1. Authors: Ricardo Betancur-R, Edward O. Wiley, Gloria Arratia, Arturo Acero, Nicolas Bailly, Masaki Miya, Guillaume Lecointre and Guillermo Ortí

Aims and scope

BMC Ecology and Evolution, formerly known as BMC Evolutionary Biology, is an open access, peer-reviewed journal interested in all aspects of ecological and evolutionary biology. The journal considers articles on a broad range of topics, including population genetics, conservation genetics, phylogenetics, behavioural ecology, population ecology, macroecology, palaeontology, biodiversity (e.g. environmental DNA approaches), theoretical research (e.g. terraforming) and ecological and evolutionary developmental biology.

2023 Image Competition

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The 2023 BMC Ecology and Evolution image competition attracted a spectacular collection of images from researchers around the world. The entries capture the wonder of nature, both past and present, and celebrate those working to understand it. View the winning images and discover the stories behind them here.

Research highlights

New Content ItemEvidence South American theropods were blighted by bone diseases

Analysis of South American abelisaurid theropods reveals potential bone diseases like arthritis, shedding light on varied pathologies beyond injuries.

New Content ItemFirst filter feeding in the Early Triassic

Fossils suggests that a marine reptile from the Early Triassic sifted prey with plates similar to modern baleen whales, in an example of convergent evolution.

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