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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819805/diversity-and-evolution-of-leaf-anatomical-characters-in-taxaceae-s-l-fluorescence-microscopy-reveals-new-delimitating-characters
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Christoph Elpe, Patrick Knopf, Thomas Stützel, Christian Schulz
Taxaceae s.l. comprise six genera (including Cephalotaxus) and about 35 species; The present study aims to give new insights into the evolution of this family, especially into the phylogenetic position of Cephalotaxus. Moreover, only little is known about comparative leaf anatomy of this family and this study aims to expose and interpret the diversity and evolution of leaf anatomical characters and to assess their applicability to identify taxa at the generic and species level. A detailed phylogeny was reconstructed, using both maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference, with a combined dataset of four molecular markers from the plastid and nuclear genomes...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819749/time-dependent-asymmetric-linear-parsimonious-ancestral-state-reconstruction
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Gilles Didier
The time-dependent-asymmetric-linear parsimony is an ancestral state reconstruction method which extends the standard linear parsimony (a.k.a. Wagner parsimony) approach by taking into account both branch lengths and asymmetric evolutionary costs for reconstructing quantitative characters (asymmetric costs amount to assuming an evolutionary trend toward the direction with the lowest cost). A formal study of the influence of the asymmetry parameter shows that the time-dependent-asymmetric-linear parsimony infers states which are all taken among the known states, except for some degenerate cases corresponding to special values of the asymmetry parameter...
August 17, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790088/transitions-from-distyly-to-homostyly-are-associated-with-floral-evolution-in-the-buckwheat-genus-fagopyrum
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Ling-Yun Wu, Bo Wang, Daniel J Schoen, Shuang-Quan Huang
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Documenting trait transitions among species with dimorphic flowers can help to test whether similar patterns of selection are responsible for divergence in floral traits among different species. Heterostyly is thought to promote outcrossing. Theory suggests that the evolutionary transition from heterostylous to homostylous flowers should be accompanied by a reduction in floral size in which pollen size and style length are expected to covary. Patterns of such correlated floral trait evolution have not, however, been widely examined...
August 8, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776667/relating-appendicular-skeletal-variation-of-sigmodontine-rodents-to-locomotion-modes-in-a-phylogenetic-context
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Ludmilla Carvalho Coutinho, João Alves de Oliveira
Sigmodontinae rodents constitute the second-largest subfamily among mammals. Alongside the taxonomic diversity, they are also ecologically diverse, exhibiting a wide array of locomotion modes, with semifossorial, terrestrial, semiaquatic, scansorial, arboreal, and saltatorial forms. To understand the ecomorphologic aspects that allow these rodents to display such locomotion diversity, we analyzed 35 qualitative characters of the appendicular skeleton (humerus, ulna, radius, scapula, femur, tibia, ilium, ischium and pubis) in 795 specimens belonging to 64 species, 34 genera and 10 tribes, representing all locomotion modes assigned to this subfamily...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763051/the-ancestral-flower-of-angiosperms-and-its-early-diversification
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Hervé Sauquet, Maria von Balthazar, Susana Magallón, James A Doyle, Peter K Endress, Emily J Bailes, Erica Barroso de Morais, Kester Bull-Hereñu, Laetitia Carrive, Marion Chartier, Guillaume Chomicki, Mario Coiro, Raphaël Cornette, Juliana H L El Ottra, Cyril Epicoco, Charles S P Foster, Florian Jabbour, Agathe Haevermans, Thomas Haevermans, Rebeca Hernández, Stefan A Little, Stefan Löfstrand, Javier A Luna, Julien Massoni, Sophie Nadot, Susanne Pamperl, Charlotte Prieu, Elisabeth Reyes, Patrícia Dos Santos, Kristel M Schoonderwoerd, Susanne Sontag, Anaëlle Soulebeau, Yannick Staedler, Georg F Tschan, Amy Wing-Sze Leung, Jürg Schönenberger
Recent advances in molecular phylogenetics and a series of important palaeobotanical discoveries have revolutionized our understanding of angiosperm diversification. Yet, the origin and early evolution of their most characteristic feature, the flower, remains poorly understood. In particular, the structure of the ancestral flower of all living angiosperms is still uncertain. Here we report model-based reconstructions for ancestral flowers at the deepest nodes in the phylogeny of angiosperms, using the largest data set of floral traits ever assembled...
August 1, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747803/phylogeny-of-locusts-and-grasshoppers-reveals-complex-evolution-of-density-dependent-phenotypic-plasticity
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Hojun Song, Bert Foquet, Ricardo Mariño-Pérez, Derek A Woller
Locusts are grasshoppers that can form dense migrating swarms through an extreme form of density-dependent phenotypic plasticity, known as locust phase polyphenism. We present a comprehensive phylogeny of the genus Schistocerca, which contains both non-swarming grasshoppers and swarming locusts. We find that the desert locust, S. gregaria, which is the only Old World representative of the genus, is the earliest diverging lineage. This suggests that the common ancestor of Schistocerca must have been a swarming locust that crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to America approximately 6 million years ago, giving rise to the current diversity in the New World...
July 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743759/anatolian-origins-and-diversification-of-aethionema-the-sister-lineage-of-the-core-brassicaceae
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Setareh Mohammadin, Kim Peterse, Sara J van de Kerke, Lars W Chatrou, Ali A Dönmez, Klaus Mummenhoff, J Chris Pires, Patrick P Edger, Ihsan A Al-Shehbaz, M Eric Schranz
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The Irano-Turanian region harbors three biodiversity hotspots and ∼25% of Brassicaceae species are endemic to the region. Aethionema (∼61 species) is the sister lineage to the core Brassicaceae and occurs mainly in the Irano-Turanian region. The evolutionary important position of Aethionema makes it an ideal reference for broader comparative genetics and genomics. To understand the evolution of Aethionema, and for a broader understanding of crucifer evolution, a time-calibrated phylogenetic tree and biogeographical history of the genus is needed...
July 25, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726643/reconstructed-ancestral-enzymes-reveal-that-negative-selection-drove-the-evolution-of-substrate-specificity-in-adp-dependent-kinases
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Víctor Castro-Fernandez, Alejandra Herrera-Morande, Ricardo Zamora, Felipe Merino, Felipe Gonzalez-Ordenes, Felipe Padilla-Salinas, Humberto M Pereira, Jose Brandão-Neto, Richard C Garratt, Victoria Guixe
One central goal in molecular evolution is to pinpoint the mechanisms and evolutionary forces that cause an enzyme to change its substrate specificity; however, these processes remain largely unexplored. Using the glycolytic ADP-dependent kinases of archaea, including the orders Thermococcales, Methanosarcinales, and Methanococcales, as a model and employing an approach involving paleoenzymology, evolutionary statistics, and protein structural analysis, we could track changes in substrate specificity during ADP-dependent kinase evolution along with the structural determinants of these changes...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713346/distribution-of-2-4-diacetylphloroglucinol-biosynthetic-genes-among-the-pseudomonas-spp-reveals-unexpected-polyphyletism
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Juliana Almario, Maxime Bruto, Jordan Vacheron, Claire Prigent-Combaret, Yvan Moënne-Loccoz, Daniel Muller
Fluorescent pseudomonads protecting plant roots from phytopathogens by producing 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol (DAPG) are considered to form a monophyletic lineage comprised of DAPG(+)Pseudomonas strains in the "P. corrugata" and "P. protegens" subgroups of the "Pseudomonas fluorescens" group. However, DAPG production ability has not been investigated for many species of these two subgroups, and whether or not the DAPG(+)Pseudomonas are truly monophyletic remained to be verified. Thus, the distribution of the DAPG biosynthetic operon (phlACBD genes) in the Pseudomonas spp...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709985/molecular-phylogeny-of-miltogramminae-diptera-sarcophagidae-implications-for-classification-systematics-and-evolution-of-larval-feeding-strategies
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Marcin Piwczyński, Thomas Pape, Edyta Deja-Sikora, Marcin Sikora, Kamran Akbarzadeh, Krzysztof Szpila
Miltogramminae is one of the phylogenetically most poorly studied taxa of the species-rich family Sarcophagidae (Diptera). Most species are kleptoparasites in nests of solitary aculeate wasps and bees, although parasitoids and saprophagous species are also known, and the ancestral miltogrammine life habit remains unsettled. Here, we present for the first time a comprehensive phylogenetic tree consisting of 58 representatives of Miltogramminae, reconstructed using sequence data from three mitochondrial (COI, cytB, ND4) and one nuclear (Ef-1α) genes...
July 11, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674236/molecular-systematics-of-indian-alysicarpus-fabaceae-based-on-analyses-of-nuclear-ribosomal-dna-sequences
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Akram Gholami, Shweta Subramaniam, R Geeta, Arun K Pandey
Alysicarpus Necker ex Desvaux (Fabaceae, Desmodieae) consists of ~30 species that are distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of theworld. In India, the genus is represented by ca. 18 species, ofwhich seven are endemic. Sequences of the nuclear Internal transcribed spacer from38 accessions representing 16 Indian specieswere subjected to phylogenetic analyses. The ITS sequence data strongly support the monophyly of the genus Alysicarpus. Analyses revealed four major well-supported clades within Alysicarpus...
June 2017: Journal of Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651535/molecular-phylogeny-reveals-food-plasticity-in-the-evolution-of-true-ladybird-beetles-coleoptera-coccinellidae-coccinellini
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Hermes E Escalona, Andreas Zwick, Hao-Sen Li, Jiahui Li, Xingmin Wang, Hong Pang, Diana Hartley, Lars S Jermiin, Oldřich Nedvěd, Bernhard Misof, Oliver Niehuis, Adam Ślipiński, Wioletta Tomaszewska
BACKGROUND: The tribe Coccinellini is a group of relatively large ladybird beetles that exhibits remarkable morphological and biological diversity. Many species are aphidophagous, feeding as larvae and adults on aphids, but some species also feed on other hemipterous insects (i.e., heteropterans, psyllids, whiteflies), beetle and moth larvae, pollen, fungal spores, and even plant tissue. Several species are biological control agents or widespread invasive species (e.g., Harmonia axyridis (Pallas))...
June 26, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620997/morphology-and-evolution-of-the-oral-shield-in-marsupial-neonates-including-the-newborn-monito-del-monte-dromiciops-gliroides-marsupialia-microbiotheria-pouch-young
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Nanette Y Schneider, Yamila Gurovich
Newborn marsupials can be arranged into three grades of developmental complexity based on their external form, as well as based on their organ systems and their cytology. The dasyurids are considered the least developed marsupials at birth, while didelphids and peramelids are intermediate, and macropods are the most developed. Currently there is still little information on caenolestid and microbiotherid development at birth. Developmental stages can be graded as G1, G2 and G3, with G1 being the least developed at birth, and G3 the most developed...
July 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555871/microanatomical-diversification-of-the-zona-pellucida-in%C3%A2-aplochelioid-killifishes
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A W Thompson, A I Furness, C Stone, C M Rade, G Ortí
This study investigates zona pellucida (ZP) ultrastructure in fertilized eggs of annual killifishes (suborder Aplocheiloidei), a group of highly specialized fishes that are able to survive desiccation for several weeks to months before they hatch. Little is known about ZP or chorionic ultrastructure sustaining these life-history modes, so scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to describe this trait in a large number of aplocheiloids with a focus on the family Rivulidae and the genus Hypsolebias. New images of ZP ultrastructure for 52 aplocheiloid species are provided, more than doubling the number characterized thus far...
May 28, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543631/a-three-dimensional-placoderm-stem-group-gnathostome-pharyngeal-skeleton-and-its-implications-for-primitive-gnathostome-pharyngeal-architecture
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Martin D Brazeau, Matt Friedman, Anna Jerve, Robert C Atwood
The pharyngeal skeleton is a key vertebrate anatomical system in debates on the origin of jaws and gnathostome (jawed vertebrate) feeding. Furthermore, it offers considerable potential as a source of phylogenetic data. Well-preserved examples of pharyngeal skeletons from stem-group gnathostomes remain poorly known. Here, we describe an articulated, nearly complete pharyngeal skeleton in an Early Devonian placoderm fish, Paraplesiobatis heinrichsi Broili, from Hunsrück Slate of Germany. Using synchrotron light tomography, we resolve and reconstruct the three-dimensional gill arch architecture of Paraplesiobatis and compare it with other gnathostomes...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491066/robust-phylogeny-of-tetrastigma-vitaceae-based-on-ten-plastid-dna-regions-implications-for-infrageneric-classification-and-seed-character-evolution
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Sadaf Habib, Viet-Cuong Dang, Stefanie M Ickert-Bond, Jin-Long Zhang, Li-Min Lu, Jun Wen, Zhi-Duan Chen
Tetrastigma (Miq.) Planch. is one of the most species-rich genera of the economically and agronomically important grape family Vitaceae. It includes ca. 95 species widely distributed in the tropics and subtropics of Asia and Australia. Species of Tetrastigma exhibit great diversity in both vegetative and reproductive characters. Here we inferred a well-supported phylogeny of Tetrastigma based on ten chloroplast DNA regions with an expanded taxon sampling of 72 species and two varieties. Our molecular results support six major clades within Tetrastigma and the relationships among these clades were well-resolved...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480566/cranial-suture-complexity-in-caviomorph-rodents-rodentia-ctenohystrica
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Guido Buezas, Federico Becerra, Aldo Vassallo
Due to their flexibility, sutures are regions that experience greater strains than the surrounding rigid cranial bones. Cranial sutures differ in their degree of interdigitation or complexity. There is evidence indicating that a more convoluted suture better enables the absorption of high stresses coming from dynamic masticatory forces, and other functions. The Order Rodentia is an interesting clade to study this because of its taxa with diverse chewing modes. Due to repeated loading resulting from gnawing and grinding, energy absorption by the sutures might be a crucial factor in these mammals...
May 7, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470778/multiple-innovations-underpinned-branching-form-diversification-in-mosses
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Yoan Coudert, Neil E Bell, Claude Edelin, C Jill Harrison
Broad-scale evolutionary comparisons have shown that branching forms arose by convergence in vascular plants and bryophytes, but the trajectory of branching form diversification in bryophytes is unclear. Mosses are the most species-rich bryophyte lineage and two sub-groups are circumscribed by alternative reproductive organ placements. In one, reproductive organs form apically, terminating growth of the primary shoot (gametophore) axis. In the other, reproductive organs develop on very short lateral branches...
May 4, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462054/evolution-of-developmental-sequences-in-lepidosaurs
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Tomasz Skawiński, Bartosz Borczyk
BACKGROUND: Lepidosaurs, a group including rhynchocephalians and squamates, are one of the major clades of extant vertebrates. Although there has been extensive phylogenetic work on this clade, its interrelationships are a matter of debate. Morphological and molecular data suggest very different relationships within squamates. Despite this, relatively few studies have assessed the utility of other types of data for inferring squamate phylogeny. METHODS: We used developmental sequences of 20 events in 29 species of lepidosaurs...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428869/rapid-maximum-likelihood-ancestral-state-reconstruction-of-continuous-characters-a-rerooting-free-algorithm
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Eric W Goolsby
Ancestral state reconstruction is a method used to study the evolutionary trajectories of quantitative characters on phylogenies. Although efficient methods for univariate ancestral state reconstruction under a Brownian motion model have been described for at least 25 years, to date no generalization has been described to allow more complex evolutionary models, such as multivariate trait evolution, non-Brownian models, missing data, and within-species variation. Furthermore, even for simple univariate Brownian motion models, most phylogenetic comparative R packages compute ancestral states via inefficient tree rerooting and full tree traversals at each tree node, making ancestral state reconstruction extremely time-consuming for large phylogenies...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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