Skip to main content

Evolutionary developmental biology and morphology

Section edited by David Ferrier

This section considers studies in the evolution of development and developmental processes, and into morphological evolution.

Page 4 of 5

  1. Duplication and subsequent neofunctionalization of the teleostean hatching enzyme gene occurred in the common ancestor of Euteleostei and Otocephala, producing two genes belonging to different phylogenetic cla...

    Authors: Kaori Sano, Mari Kawaguchi, Satoshi Watanabe and Shigeki Yasumasu
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:221
  2. Thylacocephala is a group of enigmatic extinct arthropods. Here we provide a full description of the oldest unequivocal thylacocephalan, a new genus and species Thylacares brandonensis, which is present in the Si...

    Authors: Carolin Haug, Derek E G Briggs, Donald G Mikulic, Joanne Kluessendorf and Joachim T Haug
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:159
  3. The colorful wing patterns of butterflies, a prime example of biodiversity, can change dramatically within closely related species. Wing pattern diversity is specifically present among papilionid butterflies. ...

    Authors: Bodo D Wilts, Natasja IJbema and Doekele G Stavenga
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:160
  4. The shape of the appendicular bones in mammals usually reflects adaptations towards different locomotor abilities. However, other aspects such as body size and phylogeny also play an important role in shaping ...

    Authors: Alberto Martín-Serra, Borja Figueirido and Paul Palmqvist
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:129
  5. The degree of postcopulatory sexual selection, comprising variable degrees of sperm competition and cryptic female choice, is an important evolutionary force to influence sperm form and function. Here we inves...

    Authors: Yu Zeng, Shang Ling Lou, Wen Bo Liao and Robert Jehle
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:104
  6. Plasticity, i.e. non-heritable morphological variation, enables organisms to modify the shape of their skeletal tissues in response to varying environmental stimuli. Plastic variation may also allow individual...

    Authors: Philip SL Anderson, Sabrina Renaud and Emily J Rayfield
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:85
  7. Efficient venom delivery systems are known to occur only in varanoid lizards and advanced colubroidean snakes among squamate reptiles. Although components of these venomous systems might have been present in a...

    Authors: Hussam Zaher, Leonardo de Oliveira, Felipe G Grazziotin, Michelle Campagner, Carlos Jared, Marta M Antoniazzi and Ana L Prudente
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:58
  8. One of the hallmarks of multicellular organisms is the ability of their cells to trigger responses to the environment in a coordinated manner. In recent years primary cilia have been shown to be present as ‘an...

    Authors: Danielle A Ludeman, Nathan Farrar, Ana Riesgo, Jordi Paps and Sally P Leys
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:3
  9. A long, slender body plan characterized by an elongate antorbital region and posterior displacement of the unpaired fins has evolved multiple times within ray-finned fishes, and is associated with ambush preda...

    Authors: Erin E Maxwell and Laura AB Wilson
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:265
  10. Although molecular analyses have contributed to a better resolution of the animal tree of life, the phylogenetic position of tardigrades (water bears) is still controversial, as they have been united alternati...

    Authors: Georg Mayer, Christine Martin, Jan Rüdiger, Susann Kauschke, Paul A Stevenson, Izabela Poprawa, Karin Hohberg, Ralph O Schill, Hans-Joachim Pflüger and Martin Schlegel
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:230
  11. It has been hypothesized that sperm whale predation is the driver of eye size evolution in giant squid. Given that the eyes of giant squid have the size expected for a squid this big, it is likely that any enh...

    Authors: Lars Schmitz, Ryosuke Motani, Christopher E Oufiero, Christopher H Martin, Matthew D McGee and Peter C Wainwright
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:226
  12. Most turtles from the Middle and Late Jurassic of Asia are referred to the newly defined clade Xinjiangchelyidae, a group of mostly shell-based, generalized, small to mid-sized aquatic froms that are widely co...

    Authors: Márton Rabi, Chang-Fu Zhou, Oliver Wings, Sun Ge and Walter G Joyce
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:203
  13. The granivorous house sparrow Passer domesticus is thought to have developed its commensal relationship with humans with the rise of agriculture in the Middle East some 10,000 years ago, and to have expanded with...

    Authors: Sepand Riyahi, Øyvind Hammer, Tayebeh Arbabi, Antonio Sánchez, Cees S Roselaar, Mansour Aliabadian and Glenn-Peter Sætre
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:200
  14. Modularity is an important feature in the evolvability of organisms, since it allows the occurrence of complex adaptations at every single level of biological systems. While at the cellular level the modular o...

    Authors: Nuria Medarde, Francesc Muñoz-Muñoz, María José López-Fuster and Jacint Ventura
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:179
  15. Fossil evidence of ginkgophyte ontogeny is exceedingly rare. Early development in the extant Ginkgo biloba is characterized by a series of distinct ontogenetic stages. Fossils providing insights into the early on...

    Authors: Kathleen Bauer, Lea Grauvogel-Stamm, Evelyn Kustatscher and Michael Krings
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:177
  16. A dual olfactory system, represented by two anatomically distinct but spatially proximate chemosensory epithelia that project to separate areas of the forebrain, is known in several classes of tetrapods. Lungf...

    Authors: Steven Chang, Yu-Wen Chung-Davidson, Scot V Libants, Kaben G Nanlohy, Matti Kiupel, C Titus Brown and Weiming Li
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:172
  17. On August 9th 2012, we published an original research article in Scientific Reports, concluding that artificial radionuclides released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant exerted genetically and physi...

    Authors: Atsuki Hiyama, Chiyo Nohara, Wataru Taira, Seira Kinjo, Masaki Iwata and Joji M Otaki
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:168
  18. A novel sarcomeric myosin heavy chain gene, MYH14, was identified following the completion of the human genome project. MYH14 contains an intronic microRNA, miR-499, which is expressed in a slow/cardiac muscle sp...

    Authors: Sharmin Siddique Bhuiyan, Shigeharu Kinoshita, Chaninya Wongwarangkana, Md Asaduzzaman, Shuichi Asakawa and Shugo Watabe
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:142
  19. ParaHox and Hox genes are thought to have evolved from a common ancestral ProtoHox cluster or from tandem duplication prior to the divergence of cnidarians and bilaterians. Similar to Hox clusters, chordate Pa...

    Authors: Tetsuro Ikuta, Yi-Chih Chen, Rossella Annunziata, Hsiu-Chi Ting, Che-huang Tung, Ryo Koyanagi, Kunifumi Tagawa, Tom Humphreys, Asao Fujiyama, Hidetoshi Saiga, Nori Satoh, Jr-Kai Yu, Maria Ina Arnone and Yi-Hsien Su
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:129
  20. Eosauropterygians consist of two major clades, the Nothosauroidea of the Tethysian Middle Triassic (e.g., Nothosaurus) and the Pistosauroidea. The Pistosauroidea include rare Triassic forms (Pistosauridae) and th...

    Authors: Anna Krahl, Nicole Klein and P Martin Sander
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:123
  21. Remipedia were initially seen as a primitive taxon within Pancrustacea based on characters considered ancestral, such as the homonomously segmented trunk. Meanwhile, several morphological and molecular studies...

    Authors: Torben Stemme, Thomas M Iliffe, Björn M von Reumont, Stefan Koenemann, Steffen Harzsch and Gerd Bicker
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:119
  22. Hair cells are vertebrate secondary sensory cells located in the ear and in the lateral line organ. Until recently, these cells were considered to be mechanoreceptors exclusively found in vertebrates that evol...

    Authors: Francesca Rigon, Thomas Stach, Federico Caicci, Fabio Gasparini, Paolo Burighel and Lucia Manni
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:112
  23. Few studies on eurypterids have taken into account morphological changes that occur throughout postembryonic development. Here two species of eurypterid are described from the Pragian Beartooth Butte Formation...

    Authors: James C Lamsdell and Paul A Selden
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:98
  24. Anguillicola crassus, a swim bladder nematode naturally parasitizing the Japanese eel, was introduced about 30 years ago from East Asia into Europe where it colonized almost all populations of the European eel. W...

    Authors: Urszula Weclawski, Emanuel G Heitlinger, Tobias Baust, Bernhard Klar, Trevor Petney, Yu San Han and Horst Taraschewski
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:78
  25. The Hippo pathway controls growth by mediating cell proliferation and apoptosis. Dysregulation of Hippo signaling causes abnormal proliferation in both healthy and cancerous cells. The Hippo pathway receives i...

    Authors: Henan Zhu, Ziwei Zhou, Daxi Wang, Wenyin Liu and Hao Zhu
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:76
  26. Talpids include forms with different degree of fossoriality, with major specializations in the humerus in the case of the fully fossorial moles. We studied the humeral microanatomy of eleven extant and eight e...

    Authors: Patricia S Meier, Constanze Bickelmann, Torsten M Scheyer, Daisuke Koyabu and Marcelo R Sánchez-Villagra
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:55
  27. The eyes of giant and colossal squid are among the largest eyes in the history of life. It was recently proposed that sperm whale predation is the main driver of eye size evolution in giant squid, on the basis...

    Authors: Lars Schmitz, Ryosuke Motani, Christopher E Oufiero, Christopher H Martin, Matthew D McGee, Ashlee R Gamarra, Johanna J Lee and Peter C Wainwright
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:45
  28. The number of members of the Dlx gene family increased during the two rounds of whole-genome duplication that occurred in the common ancestor of the vertebrates. Because the Dlx genes are involved in the developm...

    Authors: Satoko Fujimoto, Yasuhiro Oisi, Shigehiro Kuraku, Kinya G Ota and Shigeru Kuratani
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:15
  29. Zona pellucida domain-containing proteins (ZP proteins) have been identified as the principle constituents of the egg coat (EC) of diverse metazoan taxa, including jawed vertebrates, urochordates and molluscs ...

    Authors: Qianghua Xu, Guang Li, Lixue Cao, Zhongjun Wang, Hua Ye, Xiaoyin Chen, Xi Yang, Yiquan Wang and Liangbiao Chen
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:239
  30. Animals often display phenotypic plasticity in morphologies and behaviors that result in distinct adaptations to fluctuating seasonal environments. The butterfly Bicyclus anynana has two seasonal forms, wet and d...

    Authors: Andrew Everett, Xiaoling Tong, Adriana D Briscoe and Antónia Monteiro
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:232
  31. Recent evidence supports the proposal that the observed diversity of animal body plans has been produced through alterations to the complexity of the regulatory genome rather than increases in the protein-codi...

    Authors: Lisa Zondag, Peter K Dearden and Megan J Wilson
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:211
  32. Remipedia, a group of homonomously segmented, cave-dwelling, eyeless arthropods have been regarded as basal crustaceans in most early morphological and taxonomic studies. However, molecular sequence informatio...

    Authors: Torben Stemme, Thomas M Iliffe, Gerd Bicker, Steffen Harzsch and Stefan Koenemann
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:168
  33. Opsins are key proteins in animal photoreception. Together with a light-sensitive group, the chromophore, they form visual pigments which initiate the visual transduction cascade when photoactivated. The spect...

    Authors: Miriam J Henze, Kara Dannenhauer, Martin Kohler, Thomas Labhart and Matthias Gesemann
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:163
  34. Leanchoilia superlata is one of the best known arthropods from the middle Cambrian Burgess Shale of British Columbia. Here we re-describe the morphology of L. superlata and discuss its possible autecology. The re...

    Authors: Joachim T Haug, Derek EG Briggs and Carolin Haug
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:162
  35. The range of potential morphologies resulting from evolution is limited by complex interacting processes, ranging from development to function. Quantifying these interactions is important for understanding ada...

    Authors: Peter D Smits and Alistair R Evans
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:146
  36. Myosin II (or Myosin Heavy Chain II, MHCII) is a family of molecular motors involved in the contractile activity of animal muscle cells but also in various other cellular processes in non-muscle cells. Previou...

    Authors: Cyrielle Dayraud, Alexandre Alié, Muriel Jager, Patrick Chang, Hervé Le Guyader, Michaël Manuel and Eric Quéinnec
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:107
  37. The origin and modification of novel traits are important aspects of biological diversification. Studies combining concepts and approaches of developmental genetics and evolutionary biology have uncovered many...

    Authors: Leila T Shirai, Suzanne V Saenko, Roberto A Keller, Maria A Jerónimo, Paul M Brakefield, Henri Descimon, Niklas Wahlberg and Patrícia Beldade
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:21
  38. Following colonization of new habitats and subsequent selection, adaptation to environmental conditions might be expected to be rapid. In a mountain lake in Norway, Lesjaskogsvatnet, more than 20 distinct spaw...

    Authors: Gaute Thomassen, Nicola J Barson, Thrond O Haugen and L Asbjørn Vøllestad
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:360
  39. Complex life histories require adaptation of a single organism for multiple ecological niches. Transitions between life stages, however, may expose individuals to an increased risk of mortality, as the process...

    Authors: Ryan Calsbeek and Shawn Kuchta
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:353

Annual Journal Metrics

  • For BMC Evolutionary Biology (former title)

    Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 2.3
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 2.3
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 0.959
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.887

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 15
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 193

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 1,882,764
    Altmetric mentions: 3,013

  • Transparency and Openness
    TOP Factor score - 9

    Peer Community In
    BMC Ecology and Evolution welcomes submissions of pre-print manuscripts recommended by the Peer Community In (PCI) platform. The journal may use PCI reviews and recommendations for the review process if appropriate. For instructions to submit your PCI recommended article, please click here. To find out more, please read our blog

Sign up for article alerts and news from this journal