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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919924/gradual-vs-abrupt-reduction-of-carpels-in-syncarpous-gynoecia-a-case-study-from-polyscias-subg-arthrophyllum-araliaceae-apiales
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Polina V Karpunina, Alexei A Oskolski, Maxim S Nuraliev, Porter P Lowry, Galina V Degtjareva, Tahir H Samigullin, Carmen M Valiejo-Roman, Dmitry D Sokoloff
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Revealing the relative roles of gradual and abrupt transformations of morphological characters is an important topic of evolutionary biology. Gynoecia apparently consisting of one carpel have evolved from pluricarpellate syncarpous gynoecia in several angiosperm clades. The process of reduction can involve intermediate stages, with one fertile and one or more sterile carpels (pseudomonomery). The possible origin of monomery directly via an abrupt change of gynoecium merism has been a matter of dispute...
December 5, 2016: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918074/the-origin-of-animals-can-molecular-clocks-and-the-fossil-record-be-reconciled
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John A Cunningham, Alexander G Liu, Stefan Bengtson, Philip C J Donoghue
The evolutionary emergence of animals is one of the most significant episodes in the history of life, but its timing remains poorly constrained. Molecular clocks estimate that animals originated and began diversifying over 100 million years before the first definitive metazoan fossil evidence in the Cambrian. However, closer inspection reveals that clock estimates and the fossil record are less divergent than is often claimed. Modern clock analyses do not predict the presence of the crown-representatives of most animal phyla in the Neoproterozoic...
December 5, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895264/sex-differences-in-human-and-animal-toxicology-toxicokinetics
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Michael Gochfeld
Sex, the states of being female or male, potentially interacts with all xenobiotic exposures, both inadvertent and deliberate, and influences their toxicokinetics (TK), toxicodynamics, and outcomes. Sex differences occur in behavior, exposure, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics, accounting for female-male differences in responses to environmental chemicals, diet, and pharmaceuticals, including adverse drug reactions (ADRs). Often viewed as an annoying confounder, researchers have studied only one sex, adjusted for sex, or ignored it...
November 28, 2016: Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889918/inner-ear-labyrinth-anatomy-of-monotremes-and-implications-for-mammalian-inner-ear-evolution
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Julia A Schultz, Ulrich Zeller, Zhe-Xi Luo
The monophyletic clade Monotremata branches early from the rest of the mammalian crown group in the Jurassic and members of this clade retain many ancestral mammalian traits. Thus, accurate and detailed anatomical descriptions of this group can offer unique insight into the early evolutionary history of Mammalia. In this study, we examine the inner ear anatomy of two extant monotremes, Ornithorhynchus anatinus and Tachyglossus aculeatus, with the primary goals of elucidating the ancestral mammalian ear morphology and resolving inconsistencies found within previous descriptive literature...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886207/characteristic-tetrapod-musculoskeletal-limb-phenotype-emerged-more-than-400-mya-in-basal-lobe-finned-fishes
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Rui Diogo, Peter Johnston, Julia L Molnar, Borja Esteve-Altava
Previous accounts of the origin of tetrapod limbs have postulated a relatively sudden change, after the split between extant lobe-finned fish and tetrapods, from a very simple fin phenotype with only two muscles to the highly complex tetrapod condition. The evolutionary changes that led to the muscular anatomy of tetrapod limbs have therefore remained relatively unexplored. We performed dissections, histological sections, and MRI scans of the closest living relatives of tetrapods: coelacanths and lungfish. Combined with previous comparative, developmental and paleontological information, our findings suggest that the characteristic tetrapod musculoskeletal limb phenotype was already present in the Silurian last common ancestor of extant sarcopterygians, with the exception of the autopod (hand/foot) structures, which have no clear correspondence with fish structures...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883220/how-long-does-the-volumizing-effect-of-a-zingiber-officinale-based-lip-plumper-last
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Vittorio Mazzarello, Giuliana Solinas, Pasquale Bandiera, Valeria Pomponi, Gabriella Piu, Marco Ferrari, Andrea Montella
The vermilion zone of the lips (also called red lip or zone of Klein) has peculiar characteristics, different from the surrounding skin, which make it one of the most important parts of the lips. It can be considered a tactile organ, with an essential role in the body's anatomy and functions. Together with the lips, the vermilion zone represents one of the typical characteristics of mammals and its evolutionary appearance seems to be linked to the source of nutrition of these animals (especially breastfeeding), to the articulation of sounds, to their facial expression and to their sexual function...
November 24, 2016: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855982/the-skull-of-homo-naledi
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Myra F Laird, Lauren Schroeder, Heather M Garvin, Jill E Scott, Mana Dembo, Davorka Radovčić, Charles M Musiba, Rebecca R Ackermann, Peter Schmid, John Hawks, Lee R Berger, Darryl J de Ruiter
The species Homo naledi was recently named from specimens recovered from the Dinaledi Chamber of the Rising Star cave system in South Africa. This large skeletal sample lacks associated faunal material and currently does not have a known chronological context. In this paper, we present comprehensive descriptions and metric comparisons of the recovered cranial and mandibular material. We describe 41 elements attributed to Dinaledi Hominin (DH1-DH5) individuals and paratype U.W. 101-377, and 32 additional cranial fragments...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845202/the-synganglion-of-the-jumping-spider-marpissa-muscosa-arachnida-salticidae-insights-from-histology-immunohistochemistry-and-microct-analysis
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Philip O M Steinhoff, Andy Sombke, Jannis Liedtke, Jutta M Schneider, Steffen Harzsch, Gabriele Uhl
Jumping spiders are known for their extraordinary cognitive abilities. The underlying nervous system structures, however, are largely unknown. Here, we explore and describe the anatomy of the brain in the jumping spider Marpissa muscosa (Clerck, 1757) by means of paraffin histology, X-ray microCT analysis and immunohistochemistry as well as three-dimensional reconstruction. In the prosoma, the CNS is a clearly demarcated mass that surrounds the esophagus. The anteriormost neuromere, the protocerebrum, comprises nine bilaterally paired neuropils, including the mushroom bodies and one unpaired midline neuropil, the arcuate body...
November 11, 2016: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833101/tracking-modern-human-population-history-from-linguistic-and-cranial-phenotype
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Hugo Reyes-Centeno, Katerina Harvati, Gerhard Jäger
Languages and genes arguably follow parallel evolutionary trajectories, descending from a common source and subsequently differentiating. However, although common ancestry is established within language families, it remains controversial whether language preserves a deep historical signal. To address this question, we evaluate the association between linguistic and geographic distances across 265 language families, as well as between linguistic, geographic, and cranial distances among eleven populations from Africa, Asia, and Australia...
November 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812408/comparative-internal-anatomy-of-staurozoa-cnidaria-with-functional-and-evolutionary-inferences
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Lucília S Miranda, Allen G Collins, Yayoi M Hirano, Claudia E Mills, Antonio C Marques
Comparative efforts to understand the body plan evolution of stalked jellyfishes are scarce. Most characters, and particularly internal anatomy, have neither been explored for the class Staurozoa, nor broadly applied in its taxonomy and classification. Recently, a molecular phylogenetic hypothesis was derived for Staurozoa, allowing for the first broad histological comparative study of staurozoan taxa. This study uses comparative histology to describe the body plans of nine staurozoan species, inferring functional and evolutionary aspects of internal morphology based on the current phylogeny of Staurozoa...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795229/natural-selection-in-the-great-apes
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Alexander Cagan, Christoph Theunert, Hafid Laayouni, Gabriel Santpere, Marc Pybus, Ferran Casals, Kay Prüfer, Arcadi Navarro, Tomas Marques-Bonet, Jaume Bertranpetit, Aida M Andrés
Natural selection is crucial for the adaptation of populations to their environments. Here, we present the first global study of natural selection in the Hominidae (humans and great apes) based on genome-wide information from population samples representing all extant species (including most subspecies). Combining several neutrality tests we create a multi-species map of signatures of natural selection covering all major types of natural selection. We find that the estimated efficiency of both purifying and positive selection varies between species and is significantly correlated with their long-term effective population size...
December 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794535/convergence-in-thunniform-anatomy-in-lamnid-sharks-and-jurassic-ichthyosaurs
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Theagarten Lingham-Soliar
Among extinct ichthyosaurs the Jurassic forms Ichthyosaurus and Stenopterygius share a number of anatomical specializations with lamnid sharks, characterized in the white shark, Carcharodon carcharias These features allow their inclusion within the mode of high-speed thunniform swimming to which only two other equally distinctive phylogenetic groups belong, tuna and dolphins-a striking testaments to evolutionary convergence. Jurassic ichthyosaurs evolved from reptiles that had returned to the sea (secondarily adapted) about 250 million years ago (MYA) while lamnid sharks evolved about 50 MYA from early cartilaginous fishes (originating ca...
October 29, 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793170/the-draft-genome-of-the-c3-panicoid-grass-species-dichanthelium-oligosanthes
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Anthony J Studer, James C Schnable, Sarit Weissmann, Allison R Kolbe, Michael R McKain, Ying Shao, Asaph B Cousins, Elizabeth A Kellogg, Thomas P Brutnell
BACKGROUND: Comparisons between C3 and C4 grasses often utilize C3 species from the subfamilies Ehrhartoideae or Pooideae and C4 species from the subfamily Panicoideae, two clades that diverged over 50 million years ago. The divergence of the C3 panicoid grass Dichanthelium oligosanthes from the independent C4 lineages represented by Setaria viridis and Sorghum bicolor occurred approximately 15 million years ago, which is significantly more recent than members of the Bambusoideae, Ehrhartoideae, and Pooideae subfamilies...
October 28, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792743/the-evolutionary-basis-of-naturally-diverse-rice-leaves-anatomy
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Jolly Chatterjee, Jacqueline Dionora, Abigail Elmido-Mabilangan, Samart Wanchana, Vivek Thakur, Anindya Bandyopadhyay, Darshan S Brar, William Paul Quick
Rice contains genetically and ecologically diverse wild and cultivated species that show a wide variation in plant and leaf architecture. A systematic characterization of leaf anatomy is essential in understanding the dynamics behind such diversity. Therefore, leaf anatomies of 24 Oryza species spanning 11 genetically diverse rice genomes were studied in both lateral and longitudinal directions and possible evolutionary trends were examined. A significant inter-species variation in mesophyll cells, bundle sheath cells, and vein structure was observed, suggesting precise genetic control over these major rice leaf anatomical traits...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790235/the-differences-between-nad-me-and-nadp-me-subtypes-of-c4-photosynthesis-more-than-decarboxylating-enzymes
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Xiaolan Rao, Richard A Dixon
As an adaptation to changing climatic conditions that caused high rates of photorespiration, C4 plants have evolved to display higher photosynthetic efficiency than C3 plants under elevated temperature, high light intensities, and drought. The C4 plants independently evolved more than 60 times in 19 families of angiosperms to establish similar but not uniform C4 mechanisms to concentrate CO2 around the carboxylating enzyme Rubisco (ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase oxygenase). C4 photosynthesis is divided into at least two basic biochemical subtypes based on the primary decarboxylating enzymes, NAD-dependent malic enzyme (NAD-ME) and NADP-dependent malic enzyme (NADP-ME)...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770776/the-phylogenetic-significance-of-leaf-anatomical-traits-of-southern-african-oxalis
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Michelle Jooste, Léanne L Dreyer, Kenneth C Oberlander
BACKGROUND: The southern African Oxalis radiation is extremely morphologically variable. Despite recent progress in the phylogenetics of the genus, there are few morphological synapomorphies supporting DNA-based clades. Leaflet anatomy can provide an understudied and potentially valuable source of information on the evolutionary history and systematics of this lineage. Fifty-nine leaflet anatomical traits of 109 southern African Oxalis species were assessed in search of phylogenetically significant characters that delineate clades...
October 22, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757808/from-goethe-s-plant-archetype-via-haeckel-s-biogenetic-law-to-plant-evo-devo-2016
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Karl J Niklas, Ulrich Kutschera
In 1790, the German poet Johann W. v. Goethe (1749-1832) proposed the concept of a hypothetical sessile organism known as the 'Plant Archetype,' which was subsequently reconstructed and depicted by 19th-century botanists, such as Franz Unger (1800-1870) and Julius Sachs (1832-1897), and can be considered one of the first expressions of Evo-Devo thinking. Here, we present the history of this concept in the context of Ernst Haeckel's (1834-1919) biogenetic law espoused in his Generelle Morphologie der Organismen of 1866...
October 18, 2016: Theory in Biosciences, Theorie in Den Biowissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753124/gross-anatomy-of-pampas-deer-ozotoceros-bezoarticus-linnaeus-1758-mouth-and-pharynx
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W Pérez, N Vazquez, R Ungerfeld
The aims of this study were to describe the anatomy of the mouth and pharynx of the pampas deer, and to consider its evolutionary feeding niche according to those characteristics. Gross dissections of the mouth and pharynx were performed in 15 animals, 10 adult females and five young animals under 1 year (three males and two females), all dead by causes unrelated to this anatomical region. The upper lip entered in the constitution of a pigmented nasolabial plane. The masseter muscles weighed 43.8 ± 3.5 g and represented 0...
October 17, 2016: Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720953/comparative-thoracic-anatomy-of-the-wild-type-and-wingless-wg-1-cn-1-mutant-of-drosophila-melanogaster-diptera
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Benjamin Fabian, Katharina Schneeberg, Rolf Georg Beutel
Genetically modified organisms are crucial for our understanding of gene regulatory networks, physiological processes and ontogeny. With modern molecular genetic techniques allowing the rapid generation of different Drosophila melanogaster mutants, efficient in-depth morphological investigations become an important issue. Anatomical studies can elucidate the role of certain genes in developmental processes and point out which parts of gene regulatory networks are involved in evolutionary changes of morphological structures...
November 2016: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27708045/evolutionary-medicine-the-ongoing-evolution-of-human-physiology-and-metabolism
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Frank Rühli, Katherine van Schaik, Maciej Henneberg
The field of evolutionary medicine uses evolutionary principles to understand changes in human anatomy and physiology that have occurred over time in response to environmental changes. Through this evolutionary-based approach, we can understand disease as a consequence of anatomical and physiological "trade-offs" that develop to facilitate survival and reproduction. We demonstrate how diachronic study of human anatomy and physiology is fundamental for an increased understanding of human health and disease.
November 1, 2016: Physiology
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