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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729869/genetic-patterns-of-myrceugenia-correifolia-a-rare-species-of-fog-dependent-forests-of-mediterranean-chile-is-it-a-climatic-relict
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Fernanda Pérez, Luis F Hinojosa, Gioconda Peralta, Paz Montenegro, Carla Irarrázabal, Michel Cossio
Rare species frequently occur in areas with microclimatic conditions that are atypical for their regions, but that were more common in the past, and that probably have operated as climatic refugia for a long time. Myrceugenia correifolia is a rare arboreal species that grows in deep canyons and hilltops of the Coast Range of north-central Chile between 30° and 35°S. In the northern edge of its distribution M. correifolia grows in small patches of fog-dependent forest surrounding by xeric vegetation. These forest formations are thought to be remnants of an ancient and continuous rainforest that according to some authors became fragmented during aridization of the Neogene (Neogene relict) and to others during warm-dry cycles of the Pleistocene (glacial relicts)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726195/effects-of-secondary-metabolites-of-permafrost-bacillus-sp-on-cytokine-synthesis-by-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
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L F Kalenova, S S Kolyvanova, A S Bazhin, I M Besedin, V P Mel'nikov
We studied the effects of secondary metabolites of Bacillus sp. isolated from late Neogene permafrost on secretion of proinflammatory (TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-8, IL-2, and IFNγ) and antiinflammatory (IL-4 and IL-10) cytokines by human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. It was found that metabolites of Bacillus sp. produced more potent effect on cytokine secretion than mitogen phytohemagglutinin and metabolites of Bacillus cereus, medicinal strain IP5832. Activity of metabolites depended on the temperature of bacteria incubation...
June 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712471/early-pliocene-anuran-fossils-from-kanapoi-kenya-and-the-first-fossil%C3%A2-record-for-the-african-burrowing-frog-hemisus-neobatrachia-hemisotidae
#3
Massimo Delfino
Isolated amphibian bones from the early Pliocene of Kanapoi (West Turkana, Kenya) help to improve the scarce fossil record of the late Neogene and Quaternary amphibians from East Africa. All currently available 579 bones are referable exclusively to the Anura (frogs and toads). More than half of the remains (366) are identified as Hemisus cf. Hemisus marmoratus, an extant species that still inhabits Kenya, but apparently not the northwest of the country and the Turkana area in particular. The rest of the remains are identified simply as Anura indet...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688459/new-cranium-of-the-large-cercopithecid-primate-theropithecus-oswaldi-leakeyi-hopwood-1934-from-the-paleoanthropological-site-of-makuyuni-tanzania
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Stephen R Frost, Charles Saanane, Britt M Starkovich, Hilde Schwartz, Friedemann Schrenk, Katerina Harvati
The Pleistocene hominin site of Makuyuni, near Lake Manyara, Tanzania, is known for fossils attributable to Homo and Acheulean artifacts (Ring et al., 2005; Kaiser et al., 2010; Frost et al., 2012). Here we describe the fossil primate material from the Manyara Beds, which includes the first nearly complete female cranium of Theropithecus oswaldi leakeyi and a proximal tibia from the same taxon. The cranium is dated to between 633 and 780 Ka and the tibia to the Pleistocene. The T. oswaldi lineage is one of the most important among Neogene mammals of Africa: it is both widespread and abundant...
August 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674424/cytotaxonomy-and-molecular-phylogeny-of-the-genus-cerapanorpa-gao-ma-hua-2016-mecoptera-panorpidae
#5
Ying Miao, Na Ma, Bao-Zhen Hua
The species of the genus Cerapanorpa Gao, Ma & Hua, 2016 (Mecoptera: Panorpidae) are characterized mainly by the presence of a finger-like anal horn on tergum VI of males and are distributed in the Oriental and eastern Palearctic regions. Herein, we investigated the pachytene banding patterns and reconstructed the Bayesian time-calibrated tree of some species of Cerapanorpa. All species examined display achiasmate meiosis and the same meiformula 2n = 42 + X0, reconfirming the monophyly of Cerapanorpa...
July 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663936/revision-of-balaena-belgica-reveals-a-new-right-whale-species-the-possible-ancestry-of-the-northern-right-whale-eubalaena-glacialis-and-the-ages-of-divergence-for-the-living-right-whale-species
#6
Michelangelo Bisconti, Olivier Lambert, Mark Bosselaers
In 1941, Abel established Balaena belgica based on a series of fused cervical vertebrae and citing other cranial fragments from the late Neogene of the Antwerp harbor (northern Belgium). Later, Plisnier-Ladame & Quinet (1969) added a neurocranium and other skeletal remains from the same area to this species. Recently, the neurocranium was re-assigned to the genus Eubalaena thanks to newer phylogenetic analyses. Here, a new description is provided of materials previously assigned to "Balaena" belgica together with taxonomic revisions...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635970/expansion-of-the-tibetan-plateau-during-the-neogene
#7
Weitao Wang, Wenjun Zheng, Peizhen Zhang, Qiang Li, Eric Kirby, Daoyang Yuan, Dewen Zheng, Caicai Liu, Zhicai Wang, Huiping Zhang, Jianzhang Pang
The appearance of detritus shed from mountain ranges along the northern margin of the Tibetan Plateau heralds the Cenozoic development of high topography. Current estimates of the age of the basal conglomerate in the Qaidam basin place this event in Paleocene-Eocene. Here we present new magnetostratigraphy and mammalian biostratigraphy that refine the onset of basin fill to ∼25.5 Myr and reveal that sediment accumulated continuously until ∼4.8 Myr. Sediment provenance implies a sustained source in the East Kunlun Shan throughout this time period...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610295/first-record-of-hawker-dragonflies-from-eocene-baltic-amber-odonata-anisoptera-gomphaeschnidae
#8
Stefan Pinkert, Günter Bechly, André Nel
Based on three specimens, the first record of hawker dragonflies from Baltic amber is described in a new genus with two new species: Elektrogomphaeschna peterthieli gen. et sp. nov. and E. annekeae sp. nov.. They belong to the family Gomphaeschnidae and are tentatively attributed to the extinct subfamily Gomphaeschnaoidinae. The latter was previously only known from Cretaceous fossils and is here shown to have survived the K-Pg mass extinction event. This discovery also confirms the still higher diversity of Gomphaeschnidae during the Paleogene compared to the Neogene that was dominated by the more derived Aeshnidae sensu stricto...
May 29, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542291/the-first-darter-aves-anhingidae-fossils-from-india-late-pliocene
#9
Thomas Stidham, Rajeev Patnaik, Kewal Krishan, Bahadur Singh, Abhik Ghosh, Ankita Singla, Simran S Kotla
New fossils from the latest Pliocene portion of the Tatrot Formation exposed in the Siwalik Hills of northern India represent the first fossil record of a darter (Anhingidae) from India. The darter fossils possibly represent a new species, but the limited information on the fossil record of this group restricts their taxonomic allocation. The Pliocene darter has a deep pit on the distal face of metatarsal trochlea IV not reported in other anhingids, it has an open groove for the m. flexor perforatus et perforans digiti II tendon on the hypotarsus unlike New World anhingid taxa, and these darter specimens are the youngest of the handful of Neogene records of the group from Asia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533965/reappraisal-of-the-extinct-seal-phoca-vitulinoides-from-the-neogene-of-the-north-sea-basin-with-bearing-on-its-geological-age-phylogenetic-affinities-and-locomotion
#10
Leonard Dewaele, Eli Amson, Olivier Lambert, Stephen Louwye
BACKGROUND: Discovered on the southern margin of the North Sea Basin, "Phoca" vitulinoides represents one of the best-known extinct species of Phocidae. However, little attention has been given to the species ever since its original 19th century description. Newly discovered material, including the most complete specimen of fossil Phocidae from the North Sea Basin, prompted the redescription of the species. Also, the type material of "Phoca" vitulinoides is lost. METHODS: "Phoca" vitulinoides is redescribed...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489895/flowering-after-disaster-early-danian-buckthorn-rhamnaceae-flowers-and-leaves-from-patagonia
#11
Nathan A Jud, Maria A Gandolfo, Ari Iglesias, Peter Wilf
Southern-Hemisphere terrestrial communities from the early Paleocene are poorly known, but recent work on Danian plant fossils from the Salamanca Formation in Chubut Province, Argentina are providing critical data on earliest Paleocene floras. The fossils described here come from a site in the Salamanca Formation dating to ca. 1 million years or less after the end-Cretaceous extinction event; they are the first fossil flowers reported from the Danian of South America, and possible the entire Southern Hemisphere...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462055/first-report-of-bats-mammalia-chiroptera-from-the-gray-fossil-site-late-miocene-or-early-pliocene-tennessee-usa
#12
Nicholas J Czaplewski
Thousands of vertebrate fossils have been recovered from the Gray Fossil Site, Tennessee, dating to the Miocene-Pliocene boundary. Among these are but eight specimens of bats representing two different taxa referable to the family Vespertilionidae. Comparison of the fossils with Neogene and Quaternary bats reveals that seven of the eight specimens pertain to a species of Eptesicus that cannot be distinguished from recent North American Eptesicus fuscus. The remaining specimen, a horizontal ramus with m3, is from a smaller vespertilionid bat that cannot confidently be assigned to a genus...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421981/validation-of-max-aqueous-extraction-on-veratox-%C3%A2-for-total-aflatoxin-elisa-test-kit
#13
Brooke E Roman, Dana Driksna, Mohamed M Abouzied, Frank Klein, Jennifer Rice
Neogen Corp. (Lansing, MI) has developed a common aqueous extraction method for the detection of mycotoxins in the ELISA or lateral flow format. The Veratox(®) for Total Aflatoxin ELISA extraction method uses a MAX 2 extraction packet and water in replacement of traditionally used organic solvents. Veratox for Total Aflatoxin has a detection range of 5–50 ppb neat or up to 300 ppb with dilution. The kit development focused on superior cross-reactivity, ability to accurately detect naturally contaminated samples, and utilization of an aqueous extraction method...
April 18, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380380/virgin-beta-cells-persist-throughout-life-at-a-neogenic-niche-within-pancreatic-islets
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Talitha van der Meulen, Alex M Mawla, Michael R DiGruccio, Michael W Adams, Vera Nies, Sophie Dólleman, Siming Liu, Amanda M Ackermann, Elena Cáceres, Anna E Hunter, Klaus H Kaestner, Cynthia J Donaldson, Mark O Huising
Postnatal maintenance or regeneration of pancreatic beta cells is considered to occur exclusively via the replication of existing beta cells, but clinically meaningful restoration of human beta cell mass by proliferation has never been achieved. We discovered a population of immature beta cells that is present throughout life and forms from non-beta precursors at a specialized micro-environment or "neogenic niche" at the islet periphery. These cells express insulin, but lack other key beta cell markers, and are transcriptionally immature, incapable of sensing glucose, and unable to support calcium influx...
April 4, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369523/desomorphine-screening-using-commercial-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assays
#15
Jessica Winborn, Sarah Kerrigan
Desomorphine ("Krokodil") is a semi-synthetic opioid that has drawn attention as a recreational drug, particularly in Russia, neighboring former Soviet Republics, Eastern and Central Europe. It has no accepted medicinal uses and is currently a schedule I drug in the United States. In clandestine environments, desomorphine is synthesized from codeine using red phosphorous, hydroiodic acid and gasoline. Residual starting materials in illicit preparations have been associated with severe dermatological effects and extensive tissue necrosis...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348925/neogene-amphibians-and-reptiles-caudata-anura-gekkota-lacertilia-and-testudines-from-the-south-of-western-siberia-russia-and-northeastern-kazakhstan
#16
Davit Vasilyan, Vladimir S Zazhigin, Madelaine Böhme
BACKGROUND: The present-day amphibian and reptile fauna of Western Siberia are the least diverse of the Palaearctic Realm, as a consequence of the unfavourable climatic conditions that predominate in this region. The origin and emergence of these herpetofaunal groups are poorly understood. Aside from the better-explored European Neogene localities yielding amphibian and reptile fossil remains, the Neogene herpetofauna of Western Asia is understudied. The few available data need critical reviews and new interpretations, taking into account the more recent records of the European herpetofauna...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280574/the-extreme-insular-adaptation-of-garganornis-ballmanni-meijer-2014-a-giant-anseriformes-of-the-neogene-of-the-mediterranean-basin
#17
Marco Pavia, Hanneke J M Meijer, Maria Adelaide Rossi, Ursula B Göhlich
New skeletal elements of the recently described endemic giant anseriform Garganornis ballmanni Meijer, 2014 are presented, coming from the type-area of the Gargano and from Scontrone, southern and central Italy, respectively. The new remains represent the first bird remains found at Scontrone so far, and another shared element between these two localities, both part of the Apulia-Abruzzi Palaeobioprovince. The presence of a very reduced carpometacarpus confirms its flightlessness, only previously supposed on the basis of the very large size, while the morphologies of tarsometatarsus and posterior phalanges clearly indicate the adaptation of G...
January 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265503/neogene-paleogeography-provides-context-for-understanding-the-origin-and-spatial-distribution-of-cryptic-diversity-in-a-widespread-balkan-freshwater-amphipod
#18
Michał Grabowski, Tomasz Mamos, Karolina Bącela-Spychalska, Tomasz Rewicz, Remi A Wattier
BACKGROUND: The Balkans are a major worldwide biodiversity and endemism hotspot. Among the freshwater biota, amphipods are known for their high cryptic diversity. However, little is known about the temporal and paleogeographic aspects of their evolutionary history. We used paleogeography as a framework for understanding the onset of diversification in Gammarus roeselii: (1) we hypothesised that, given the high number of isolated waterbodies in the Balkans, the species is characterised by high level of cryptic diversity, even on a local scale; (2) the long geological history of the region might promote pre-Pleistocene divergence between lineages; (3) given that G...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215354/new-fungal-cephalothecoid-like-fructifications-from-central-european-neogene-deposits
#19
Grzegorz Worobiec, Frank Harald Neumann, Elżbieta Worobiec, Verena Nitz, Christoph Hartkopf-Fröder
Fragments of cephalothecoid fructifications (peridia) were encountered during palynological investigations of Neogene deposits in Mizerna-Nowa/Poland and Adendorf/Germany. Isolated plates of cephalothecoid ascoma in shape and cellular structure similar to the extant members of the family Cephalothecaceae are described as Cephalothecoidomyces neogenicus fossil gen. et sp. nov. while remnants of fungal sporocarps with cephalothecoid walls with indistinct lines of dehiscence, similar in structure to peridia with cephalothecoid morphology of extant representatives the family Chaetomiaceae (mainly genus Chaetomidium) are assigned to Adendorfia miocenica fossil gen...
March 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202809/mammal-body-size-evolution-in-north-america-and-europe-over-20-myr-similar-trends-generated-by-different-processes
#20
Shan Huang, Jussi T Eronen, Christine M Janis, Juha J Saarinen, Daniele Silvestro, Susanne A Fritz
Because body size interacts with many fundamental biological properties of a species, body size evolution can be an essential component of the generation and maintenance of biodiversity. Here we investigate how body size evolution can be linked to the clade-specific diversification dynamics in different geographical regions. We analyse an extensive body size dataset of Neogene large herbivores (covering approx. 50% of the 970 species in the orders Artiodactyla and Perissodactyla) in Europe and North America in a Bayesian framework...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
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