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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522869/ancient-river-inference-explains-exceptional-oriental-freshwater-mussel-radiations
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Ivan N Bolotov, Alexander V Kondakov, Ilya V Vikhrev, Olga V Aksenova, Yulia V Bespalaya, Mikhail Yu Gofarov, Yulia S Kolosova, Ekaterina S Konopleva, Vitaly M Spitsyn, Kitti Tanmuangpak, Sakboworn Tumpeesuwan
The concept of long-lived (ancient) lakes has had a great influence on the development of evolutionary biogeography. According to this insight, a number of lakes on Earth have existed for several million years (e.g., Baikal and Tanganyika) and represent unique evolutionary hotspots with multiple intra-basin radiations. In contrast, rivers are usually considered to be variable systems, and the possibility of their long-term existence during geological epochs has never been tested. In this study, we reconstruct the history of freshwater basin interactions across continents based on the multi-locus fossil-calibrated phylogeny of freshwater mussels (Unionidae)...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516958/the-origin-and-degassing-history-of-the-earth-s-atmosphere-revealed-by-archean-xenon
#2
Guillaume Avice, Bernard Marty, Ray Burgess
Xenon (Xe) is an exceptional tracer for investigating the origin and fate of volatile elements on Earth. The initial isotopic composition of atmospheric Xe remains unknown, as do the mechanisms involved in its depletion and isotopic fractionation compared with other reservoirs in the solar system. Here we present high precision analyses of noble gases trapped in fluid inclusions of Archean quartz (Barberton, South Africa) that reveal the isotopic composition of the paleo-atmosphere at ≈3.3 Ga. The Archean atmospheric Xe is mass-dependently fractionated by 12...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515078/shifting-quaternary-migration-patterns-in-the-bahamian-archipelago-evidence-from-the-zamia-pumila-complex-at-the-northern-limits-of-the-caribbean-island-biodiversity-hotspot
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Dayana E Salas-Leiva, Alan W Meerow, Michael Calonje, Javier Francisco-Ortega, M Patrick Griffith, Kyoko Nakamura, Vanessa Sánchez, Lindy Knowles, David Knowles
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The Bahamas archipelago is formed by young, tectonically stable carbonate banks that harbor direct geological evidence of global ice-volume changes. We sought to detect signatures of major changes on gene flow patterns and reconstruct the phylogeographic history of the monophyletic Zamia pumila complex across the Bahamas. METHODS: Nuclear molecular markers with both high and low mutation rates were used to capture two different time scale signatures and test several gene flow and demographic hypotheses...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500352/whole-mantle-convection-with-tectonic-plates-preserves-long-term-global-patterns-of-upper-mantle-geochemistry
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T L Barry, J H Davies, M Wolstencroft, I L Millar, Z Zhao, P Jian, I Safonova, M Price
The evolution of the planetary interior during plate tectonics is controlled by slow convection within the mantle. Global-scale geochemical differences across the upper mantle are known, but how they are preserved during convection has not been adequately explained. We demonstrate that the geographic patterns of chemical variations around the Earth's mantle endure as a direct result of whole-mantle convection within largely isolated cells defined by subducting plates. New 3D spherical numerical models embedded with the latest geological paleo-tectonic reconstructions and ground-truthed with new Hf-Nd isotope data, suggest that uppermost mantle at one location (e...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494281/using-%C3%AE-dn-alkane-as-a-proxy-for-paleo-environmental-reconstruction-a-good-choice-to-sample-at-the-site-dominated-by-woods
#5
Jinzhao Liu, Zhisheng An, Zheng Wang, Huawu Wu
Some studies have demonstrated that leaf wax δDn-alkane values for a single species varied significantly with seasons. However, it is still not clear that the seasonality patterns of leaf wax δDn-alkane values in higher plants. Meanwhile, few efforts have been pursued to assess the effect of the light slopes (sunny vs. cloudy) on leaf wax δDn-alkane values. In this study, we systematically investigated plant wax δDn-alkane values and soil n-alkane δD values along different light slopes in different seasons (spring vs...
May 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483865/behavioural-ecological-and-evolutionary-responses-to-extreme-climatic-events-challenges-and-directions
#6
Martijn van de Pol, Stéphanie Jenouvrier, Johannes H C Cornelissen, Marcel E Visser
More extreme climatic events (ECEs) are among the most prominent consequences of climate change. Despite a long-standing recognition of the importance of ECEs by paleo-ecologists and macro-evolutionary biologists, ECEs have only recently received a strong interest in the wider ecological and evolutionary community. However, as with many rapidly expanding fields, it lacks structure and cohesiveness, which strongly limits scientific progress. Furthermore, due to the descriptive and anecdotal nature of many ECE studies it is still unclear what the most relevant questions and long-term consequences are of ECEs...
June 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455508/the-paradox-of-a-long-grounding-during-west-antarctic-ice-sheet-retreat-in-ross-sea
#7
Philip J Bart, Benjamin J Krogmeier, Manon P Bart, Slawek Tulaczyk
Marine geological data show that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) advanced to the eastern Ross Sea shelf edge during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and eventually retreated ~1000 km to the current grounding-line position on the inner shelf. During the early deglacial, the WAIS deposited a voluminous stack of overlapping grounding zone wedges (GZWs) on the outer shelf of the Whales Deep Basin. The large sediment volume of the GZW cluster suggests that the grounding-line position of the paleo-Bindschadler Ice Stream was relatively stationary for a significant time interval...
April 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450227/spatial-phylogenetics-of-the-vascular-flora-of-chile
#8
Rosa A Scherson, Andrew H Thornhill, Rafael Urbina-Casanova, William A Freyman, Patricio A Pliscoff, Brent D Mishler
Current geographic patterns of biodiversity are a consequence of the evolutionary history of the lineages that comprise them. This study was aimed at exploring how evolutionary features of the vascular flora of Chile are distributed across the landscape. Using a phylogeny at the genus level for 87% of the Chilean vascular flora, and a geographic database of sample localities, we calculated phylogenetic diversity (PD), phylogenetic endemism (PE), relative PD (RPD), and relative PE (RPE). Categorical Analyses of Neo- and Paleo-Endemism (CANAPE) were also performed, using a spatial randomization to assess statistical significance...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446920/two-highly-similar-poplar-paleo-subgenomes-suggest-an-autotetraploid-ancestor-of-salicaceae-plants
#9
Yinzhe Liu, Jinpeng Wang, Weina Ge, Zhenyi Wang, Yuxian Li, Nanshan Yang, Sangrong Sun, Liwei Zhang, Xiyin Wang
As a model plant to study perennial trees in the Salicaceae family, the poplar (Populus trichocarpa) genome was sequenced, revealing recurrent paleo-polyploidizations during its evolution. A comparative and hierarchical alignment of its genome to a well-selected reference genome would help us better understand poplar's genome structure and gene family evolution. Here, by adopting the relatively simpler grape (Vitis vinifera) genome as reference, and by inferring both intra- and inter-genomic gene collinearity, we produced a united alignment of these two genomes and hierarchically distinguished the layers of paralogous and orthologous genes, as related to recursive polyploidizations and speciation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431380/recent-aspects-of-uranium-toxicology-in-medical-geology
#10
REVIEW
Geir Bjørklund, Olav Albert Christophersen, Salvatore Chirumbolo, Olle Selinus, Jan Aaseth
Uranium (U) is a chemo-toxic, radiotoxic and even a carcinogenic element. Due to its radioactivity, the effects of U on humans health have been extensively investigated. Prolonged U exposure may cause kidney disease and cancer. The geological distribution of U radionuclides is still a great concern for human health. Uranium in groundwater, frequently used as drinking water, and general environmental pollution with U raise concerns about the potential public health problem in several areas of Asia. The particular paleo-geological hallmark of India and other Southern Asiatic regions enhances the risk of U pollution in rural and urban communities...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431209/drug-delivery-systems-based-on-hydroxyethyl-starch
#11
Constantinos M Paleos, Zili Sideratou, Dimitris Tsiourvas
Τhe advantageous biological properties of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) triggered research interest towards design and synthesis of Drug Delivery Systems (DDSs) based on this polysaccharide. Convenient reaction schemes, including one-step reactions, led to the synthesis of HES conjugates with selected anticancer molecules or therapeutic proteins. Nanocapsules and hydrogels based on HES were also prepared and studied as prospective drug delivery systems. Formulations originating from these drug conjugates and also from nanocapsules and hydrogels loaded with drugs were characterized, highlighting on the extension of their half-life in plasma which is a critical property as far as their efficacy is concerned...
April 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424397/-spatial-cognition-and-episodic-memory-formation-in-the-limbic-cortex
#12
Yasushi Kobayashi
The limbic lobe defined by Broca is a cortical region with highly diverse structure and functions, and comprises the paleo-, archi-, and neocortices as well as their transitional zones. In the limbic lobe, Brodmann designated areas 27, 28, 34, 35, and 36 adjacent to the hippocampus, and areas 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, and 33 around the corpus callosum. In the current literature, areas 27 and 28 correspond to the presubiculum and entorhinal cortex, respectively. Area 34 represents the cortico-medial part of the amygdaloid complex...
April 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369914/the-%C3%AE-18-o-and-%C3%AE-2-h-of-water-in-the-leaf-growth-and-differentiation-zone-of-grasses-is-close-to-source-water-in-both-humid-and-dry-atmospheres
#13
Hai Tao Liu, Rudi Schäufele, Xiao Ying Gong, Hans Schnyder
The oxygen and hydrogen isotope composition of water in the leaf growth-and-differentiation zone, LGDZ, (δ(18) OLGDZ , δ(2) HLGDZ ) of grasses influences the isotopic composition of leaf cellulose (oxygen) and wax (hydrogen) - important for understanding (paleo)environmental and physiological information contained in these biological archives - but is presently unknown. This work determined δ(18) OLGDZ and δ(2) HLGDZ , (18) O- and (2) H-enrichment of LGDZ (∆(18) OLGDZ and ∆(2) HLGDZ ), and the (18) O- and (2) H-enrichment of leaf blade water (∆(18) OLW, ∆(2) HLW ) in two C3 and three C4 grasses grown at high and low vapor pressure deficit (VPD)...
June 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366202/human-predatory-behavior-and-the-social-implications-of-communal-hunting-based-on-evidence-from-the-td10-2-bison-bone-bed-at-gran-dolina-atapuerca-spain
#14
Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo, Palmira Saladié, Andreu Ollé, Juan Luis Arsuaga, José María Bermúdez de Castro, Eudald Carbonell
Zooarcheological research is an important tool in reconstructing subsistence, as well as for inferring relevant aspects regarding social behavior in the past. The organization of hunting parties, forms of predation (number and rate of animals slaughtered), and the technology used (tactics and tools) must be taken into account in the identification and classification of hunting methods in prehistory. The archeological recognition of communal hunting reflects an interest in evolutionary terms and their inherent implications for anticipatory capacities, social complexity, and the development of cognitive tools, such as articulated language...
April 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281650/a-high-resolution-history-of-the-south-american-monsoon-from-last-glacial-maximum-to-the-holocene
#15
Valdir F Novello, Francisco W Cruz, Mathias Vuille, Nicolás M Stríkis, R Lawrence Edwards, Hai Cheng, Suellyn Emerick, Marcos S de Paula, Xianglei Li, Eline de S Barreto, Ivo Karmann, Roberto V Santos
The exact extent, by which the hydrologic cycle in the Neotropics was affected by external forcing during the last deglaciation, remains poorly understood. Here we present a new paleo-rainfall reconstruction based on high-resolution speleothem δ(18)O records from the core region of the South American Monsoon System (SAMS), documenting the changing hydrological conditions over tropical South America (SA), in particular during abrupt millennial-scale events. This new record provides the best-resolved and most accurately constrained geochronology of any proxy from South America for this time period, spanning from the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) to the mid-Holocene...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261543/efficient-implementation-of-a-local-tomography-reconstruction-algorithm
#16
Pierre Paleo, Alessandro Mirone
We propose an efficient implementation of an interior tomography reconstruction method based on a known subregion. This method iteratively refines a reconstruction, aiming at reducing the local tomography artifacts. To cope with the ever increasing data volumes, this method is highly optimized on two aspects: firstly, the problem is reformulated to reduce the number of variables, and secondly, the operators involved in the optimization algorithms are efficiently implemented. Results show that [Formula: see text] slices can be processed in tens of seconds, while being beyond the reach of equivalent exact local tomography method...
2017: Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256409/-the-emergence-of-obstetrical-mechanism-from-lucy-to-homo-sapiens
#17
P Frémondière, L Thollon, F Marchal
The evolutionary history of modern birth mechanism is now a renewed interest in obstetrical papers. The purpose of this work is to review the literature in paleo-obstetrical field. Our analysis focuses on paleo-obstetrical hypothesis, from 1960 to the present day, based on the reconstruction of fossil pelvis. Indeed, these pelvic reconstructions usually provide an opportunity to make an obstetrical assumption in our ancestors. In this analysis, we show that modern birth mechanism takes place during the emergence of our genus 2 million years ago...
February 27, 2017: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231621/the-biogeography-of-tropical-reef-fishes-endemism-and-provinciality-through-time
#18
Peter F Cowman, Valeriano Parravicini, Michel Kulbicki, Sergio R Floeter
The largest marine biodiversity hotspot straddles the Indian and Pacific Oceans, driven by taxa associated with tropical coral reefs. Centred on the Indo-Australian Archipelago (IAA), this biodiversity hotspot forms the 'bullseye' of a steep gradient in species richness from this centre to the periphery of the vast Indo-Pacific region. Complex patterns of endemism, wide-ranging species and assemblage differences have obscured our understanding of the genesis of this biodiversity pattern and its maintenance across two-thirds of the world's oceans...
February 23, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220301/evidence-that-higher-co2-increases-tree-growth-sensitivity-to-temperature-a-comparison-of-modern-and-paleo-oaks
#19
Steven L Voelker, Michael C Stambaugh, J Renée Brooks, Frederick C Meinzer, Barbara Lachenbruch, Richard P Guyette
To test tree growth sensitivity to temperature under different ambient CO2 concentrations, we determined stem radial growth rates as they relate to variation in temperature during the last deglacial period, and compare these to modern tree growth rates as they relate to spatial variation in temperature across the modern species distributional range. Paleo oaks were sampled from Northern Missouri, USA and compared to a pollen-based, high-resolution paleo temperature reconstruction from Northern Illinois, USA...
April 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214513/molecular-dynamics-simulation-study-of-the-effect-of-glycerol-dialkyl-glycerol-tetraether-hydroxylation-on-membrane-thermostability
#20
Carme Huguet, Susanne Fietz, Antoni Rosell-Melé, Xavier Daura, Lionel Costenaro
Archaeal tetraether membrane lipids span the whole membrane width and present two C40 isoprenoid chains bound by two glycerol groups (or one glycerol and calditol). These lipids confer stability and maintain the membrane fluidity in mesophile to extremophile environments, making them very attractive for biotechnological applications. The isoprenoid lipid composition in archaeal membranes varies with temperature, which has placed these lipids in the focus of paleo-climatological studies for over a decade. Non-hydroxylated isoprenoid archaeal lipids are typically used as paleo-thermometry proxies, but recently identified hydroxylated (OH) derivatives have also been proposed as temperature proxies...
February 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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