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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.

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  1. We have studied sperm structure and motility in a eusocial rodent where reproduction is typically restricted to a single male and behaviourally dominant queen. Males rarely compete for access to the queen duri...

    Authors: Gerhard van der Horst, Liana Maree, Sanet H Kotzé and M Justin O'Riain
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:351
  2. Basic helix-loop-helix and homeodomain transcription factors have been shown to specify all different neuronal cell subtypes composing the vertebrate retina. The appearance of gene paralogs of such retina-spec...

    Authors: Laura-Nadine Schuhmacher, Shahad Albadri, Mirana Ramialison and Lucia Poggi
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:340
  3. The Hox family of transcription factors has a fundamental role in segmentation pathways and axial patterning of embryonic development and their clustered organization is linked with the regulatory mechanisms gove...

    Authors: Alfonso Natale, Carrie Sims, Maria L Chiusano, Alessandro Amoroso, Enrico D'Aniello, Laura Fucci, Robb Krumlauf, Margherita Branno and Annamaria Locascio
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:330
  4. Teeth and tooth-like structures, together named odontodes, are repeated organs thought to share a common evolutionary origin. These structures can be found in gnathostomes at different locations along the body...

    Authors: Mélanie Debiais-Thibaud, Silvan Oulion, Franck Bourrat, Patrick Laurenti, Didier Casane and Véronique Borday-Birraux
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:307
  5. Establishment of geographic morph frequency clines is difficult to explain in organisms with limited gene flow. Balancing selection, such as negative frequency-dependent selection (NFDS), is instead suggested ...

    Authors: Yuma Takahashi, Satoru Morita, Jin Yoshimura and Mamoru Watanabe
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:256
  6. Dlx (Distal-less) genes have various developmental roles and are widespread throughout the animal kingdom, usually occurring as single copy genes in non-chordates and as multiple copies in most chordate genome...

    Authors: Carmel McDougall, Natalia Korchagina, Jonathan L Tobin and David EK Ferrier
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:241
  7. In many species males face a higher predation risk than females because males display elaborate traits that evolved under sexual selection, which may attract not only females but also predators. Females are, t...

    Authors: David Bierbach, Matthias Schulte, Nina Herrmann, Michael Tobler, Stefan Stadler, Christian T Jung, Benjamin Kunkel, Rüdiger Riesch, Sebastian Klaus, Madlen Ziege, Jeane Rimber Indy, Lenin Arias-Rodriguez and Martin Plath
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:190
  8. Coleoid cephalopods (squids and octopuses) have evolved a camera eye, the structure of which is very similar to that found in vertebrates and which is considered a classic example of convergent evolution. Othe...

    Authors: Masa-aki Yoshida and Atsushi Ogura
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:180
  9. Phenotypic evolution and its role in the diversification of organisms is a central topic in evolutionary biology. A neglected factor during the modern evolutionary synthesis, adaptive phenotypic plasticity, mo...

    Authors: Moritz Muschick, Marta Barluenga, Walter Salzburger and Axel Meyer
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:116
  10. Evolutionary novelties often appear by conferring completely new functions to pre-existing structures or by innovating the mechanism through which a particular function is performed. Sound production plays a c...

    Authors: Iker Irisarri, Miguel Vences, Diego San Mauro, Frank Glaw and Rafael Zardoya
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:114
  11. Most evolutionary studies on the size of brains and different parts of the brain have relied on interspecific comparisons, and have uncovered correlations between brain architecture and various ecological, beh...

    Authors: Abigél Gonda, Gábor Herczeg and Juha Merilä
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:75
  12. A recent study on expression and function of the ortholog of the Drosophila collier (col) gene in various arthropods including insects, crustaceans and chelicerates suggested a de novo function of col in the deve...

    Authors: Ralf Janssen, Wim GM Damen and Graham E Budd
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:50

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