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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812640/five-palaeobiological-laws-needed-to-understand-the-evolution-of-the-living-biota
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Charles R Marshall
The foundations of several disciplines can be expressed as simple quantitative laws, for example, Newton's laws or the laws of thermodynamics. Here I present five laws derived from fossil data that describe the relationships among species extinction and longevity, species richness, origination rates, extinction rates and diversification. These statements of our palaeobiological knowledge constitute a dimension largely hidden from view when studying the living biota, which are nonetheless crucial to the study of evolution and ecology even for groups with poor or non-existent fossil records...
May 23, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802078/geographical-features-are-the-predominant-driver-of-molecular-diversification-in-widely-distributed-north-american-whipsnakes
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Kyle A O'Connell, Jeffrey W Streicher, Eric N Smith, Matthew K Fujita
Allopatric divergence following the formation of geographical features has been implicated as a major driver of evolutionary diversification. Widespread species complexes provide opportunities to examine allopatric divergence across varying degrees of isolation in both time and space. In North America, several geographical features may play such a role in diversification, including the Mississippi River, Pecos River, Rocky Mountains, Cochise Filter Barrier, Gulf of California, and Isthmus of Tehuantepec. We used thousands of nuclear single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and mitochondrial DNA from several species of whipsnakes (genera Masticophis and Coluber) distributed across North and Central America to investigate the role that these geographical features have played on lineage divergence...
August 12, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794275/did-true-frogs-dispersify
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Kin Onn Chan, Rafe M Brown
The interplay between range expansion and concomitant diversification is of fundamental interest to evolutionary biologists, particularly when linked to intercontinental dispersal and/or large scale extinctions. The evolutionary history of true frogs has been characterized by circumglobal range expansion. As a lineage that survived the Eocene-Oligocene extinction event (EOEE), the group provides an ideal system to test the prediction that range expansion triggers increased net diversification. We constructed the most densely sampled, time-calibrated phylogeny to date in order to: (i) characterize tempo and patterns of diversification; (ii) assess the impact of the EOEE; and (iii) test the hypothesis that range expansion was followed by increased net diversification...
August 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792950/non-sister-sri-lankan-white-eyes-genus-zosterops-are-a-result-of-independent-colonizations
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Nelum Wickramasinghe, V V Robin, Uma Ramakrishnan, Sushma Reddy, Sampath S Seneviratne
Co-occurrence of closely related taxa on islands could be attributed to sympatric speciation or multiple colonization. Sympatric speciation is considered to be rare in small islands, however multiple colonizations are known to be common in both oceanic and continental islands. In this study we investigated the phylogenetic relatedness and means of origin of the two sympatrically co-occurring Zosterops white-eyes, the endemic Zosterops ceylonensis and its widespread regional congener Z. palpebrosus, in the island of Sri Lanka...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792064/evidence-of-increasing-diversification-of-zika-virus-strains-isolated-in-the-american-continent
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Fabián Aldunate, Fabiana Gámbaro, Alvaro Fajardo, Martín Soñora, Juan Cristina
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the family Flaviviridae. ZIKV emerged in Brazil in 2015, causing an unprecedented epidemic and since then the virus has rapidly spread throughout the Americas. These facts highlight the need of detailed phylogenetic studies to understand the emergence, spread and evolution of ZIKV populations. For these reasons, a Bayesian coalescent Markov Chain Monte Carlo analysis of complete genome sequences of ZIKV strains recently isolated in the American continent was performed. The results of these studies revealed an increasing diversification of ZIKV strains in different genetic lineages and co-circulation of distinct genetic lineages in several countries in the region...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791672/digest-mediating-the-impact-of-integration-in-malagasy-cichlids
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Dina Navon
Biology has a fruitful history of studying the evolution of traits in relative isolation. Recently, researchers have urged for a more holistic perspective, arguing that a solid comprehension of how traits interact will greatly enhance our understanding of global patterns of biodiversity (e.g. Kane & Higham 2016). Some traits covary with each other such that a change in one is associated strongly with a change in the other; this pattern is known as integration. Integration is thought to constrain evolution by limiting the pool of potential forms...
August 9, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790414/modelling-the-evolution-of-transcription-factor-binding-preferences-in-complex-eukaryotes
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Antonio Rosanova, Alberto Colliva, Matteo Osella, Michele Caselle
Transcription factors (TFs) exert their regulatory action by binding to DNA with specific sequence preferences. However, different TFs can partially share their binding sequences due to their common evolutionary origin. This "redundancy" of binding defines a way of organizing TFs in "motif families" by grouping TFs with similar binding preferences. Since these ultimately define the TF target genes, the motif family organization entails information about the structure of transcriptional regulation as it has been shaped by evolution...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789640/the-purplish-bifurcate-mussel-mytilisepta-virgata-gene-expression-atlas-reveals-a-remarkable-tissue-functional-specialization
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Marco Gerdol, Yuki Fujii, Imtiaj Hasan, Toru Koike, Shunsuke Shimojo, Francesca Spazzali, Kaname Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Ozeki, Alberto Pallavicini, Hideaki Fujita
BACKGROUND: Mytilisepta virgata is a marine mussel commonly found along the coasts of Japan. Although this species has been the subject of occasional studies concerning its ecological role, growth and reproduction, it has been so far almost completely neglected from a genetic and molecular point of view. In the present study we present a high quality de novo assembled transcriptome of the Japanese purplish mussel, which represents the first publicly available collection of expressed sequences for this species...
August 8, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782594/comparative-mitogenomics-phylogeny-and-evolutionary-history-of-leptogorgia-gorgoniidae
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Angelo Poliseno, Christian Feregrino, Stéphane Sartoretto, Didier Aurelle, Gert Wörheide, Catherine S McFadden, Sergio Vargas
Molecular analyses of the ecologically important gorgonian octocoral genus Leptogorgia are scant and mostly deal with few species from restricted geographical regions. Here we explore the phylogenetic relationships and the evolutionary history of Leptogorgia using the complete mitochondrial genomes of six Leptogorgia species from different localities in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and eastern Pacific as well as four other genera of Gorgoniidae and Plexauridae. Our mitogenomic analyses showed high inter-specific diversity, variable nucleotide substitution rates and, for some species, novel genomic features such as ORFs of unknown function...
August 4, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768889/decoupled-diversification-dynamics-of-feeding-morphology-following-a-major-functional-innovation-in-marine-butterflyfishes
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Nicolai Konow, Samantha Price, Richard Abom, David Bellwood, Peter Wainwright
The diversity of fishes on coral reefs is influenced by the evolution of feeding innovations. For instance, the evolution of an intramandibular jaw joint has aided shifts to corallivory in Chaetodon butterflyfishes following their Miocene colonization of coral reefs. Today, over half of all Chaetodon species consume coral, easily the largest concentration of corallivores in any reef fish family. In contrast with Chaetodon, other chaetodontids, including the long-jawed bannerfishes, remain less intimately associated with coral and mainly consume other invertebrate prey...
August 16, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768477/hostplant-change-and-paleoclimatic-events-explain-diversification-shifts-in-skipper-butterflies-family-hesperiidae
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Ranjit Kumar Sahoo, Andrew D Warren, Steve C Collins, Ullasa Kodandaramaiah
BACKGROUND: Skippers (Family: Hesperiidae) are a large group of butterflies with ca. 4000 species under 567 genera. The lack of a time-calibrated higher-level phylogeny of the group has precluded understanding of its evolutionary past. We here use a 10-gene dataset to reconstruct the most comprehensive time-calibrated phylogeny of the group, and explore factors that affected the diversification of these butterflies. RESULTS: Ancestral state reconstructions show that the early hesperiid lineages utilized dicots as larval hostplants...
August 2, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760973/plant-feeding-promotes-diversification-in-the-crustacea
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Alistair G B Poore, Shane T Ahyong, James K Lowry, Erik E Sotka
About half of the world's animal species are arthropods associated with plants, and the ability to consume plant material has been proposed to be an important trait associated with the spectacular diversification of terrestrial insects. We review the phylogenetic distribution of plant feeding in the Crustacea, the other major group of arthropods that commonly consume plants, to estimate how often plant feeding has arisen and to test whether this dietary transition is associated with higher species numbers in extant clades...
August 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758282/phylogenetic-estimates-of-diversification-rate-are-affected-by-molecular-rate-variation
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David A Duchêne, Xia Hua, Lindell Bromham
Molecular phylogenies are increasingly being used to investigate the patterns and mechanisms of macroevolution. In particular, node heights in a phylogeny can be used to detect changes in rates of diversification over time. Such analyses rest on the assumption that node heights in a phylogeny represent the timing of diversification events, which in turn rests on the assumption that evolutionary time can be accurately predicted from DNA sequence divergence. But there are many influences on the rate of molecular evolution, which might also influence node heights in molecular phylogenies, and thus affect estimates of diversification rate...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756344/development-of-a-reliable-experimental-set-up-for-dover-sole-larvae-solea-solea-l-and-exploring-the-possibility-of-implementing-this-housing-system-in-a-gnotobiotic-model
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Evelien De Swaef, Kristof Demeestere, Nico Boon, Wim Van den Broeck, Freddy Haesebrouck, Annemie Decostere
Due to the increasing importance of the aquaculture sector, diversification in the number of cultured species imposes itself. Dover sole Solea solea L. is put forward as an important new aquaculture candidate due to its high market value and high flesh quality. However, as for many other fish species, sole production is hampered by amongst others high susceptibility to diseases and larval mortality, rendering the need for more research in this area. In this respect, in first instance, a housing system for Dover sole larvae was pinpointed by keeping the animals individually in 24-well plates for 26days with good survival rates and initiating metamorphosis...
July 24, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734139/%C3%AE-nfluenza-a-h3n2-genetic-variants-in-vaccinated-patients-in-northern-greece
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A Melidou, G Gioula, M Exindari, E Ioannou, K Gkolfinopoulou, T Georgakopoulou, S Tsiodras, A Papa
BACKGROUND: Influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominated during the influenza 2016/2017 season and showed extensive genetic diversification. A high vaccination failure rate was noticed during the 2016/17 season in Greece, especially among the elderly. OBJECTIVES: The scope of the study was to investigate the genetic characteristics of A(H3N2) circulating viruses and viruses detected in vaccinated patients. STUDY DESIGN: Virus samples originated from vaccinated and unvaccinated patients, obtained at the National Influenza Centre for northern Greece...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732465/genome-wide-signals-of-positive-selection-in-strongylocentrotid-sea-urchins
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Kord M Kober, Grant H Pogson
BACKGROUND: Comparative genomics studies investigating the signals of positive selection among groups of closely related species are still rare and limited in taxonomic breadth. Such studies show great promise in advancing our knowledge about the proportion and the identity of genes experiencing diversifying selection. However, methodological challenges have led to high levels of false positives in past studies. Here, we use the well-annotated genome of the purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, as a reference to investigate the signals of positive selection at 6520 single-copy orthologs from nine sea urchin species belonging to the family Strongylocentrotidae paying careful attention to minimizing false positives...
July 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731800/natural-history-constrains-the-macroevolution-of-foot-morphology-in-european-plethodontid-salamanders
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Dean C Adams, Dana Korneisel, Morgan Young, Annamaria Nistri
The natural history of organisms can have major effects on the tempo and mode of evolution, but few examples show how unique natural histories affect rates of evolution at macroevolutionary scales. European plethodontid salamanders (Plethodontidae: Hydromantes) display a particular natural history relative to other members of the family. Hydromantes commonly occupy caves and small crevices, where they cling to the walls and ceilings. On the basis of this unique and strongly selected behavior, we test the prediction that rates of phenotypic evolution will be lower in traits associated with climbing...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723902/seed-size-and-its-rate-of-evolution-correlate-with-species-diversification-across-angiosperms
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Javier Igea, Eleanor F Miller, Alexander S T Papadopulos, Andrew J Tanentzap
Species diversity varies greatly across the different taxonomic groups that comprise the Tree of Life (ToL). This imbalance is particularly conspicuous within angiosperms, but is largely unexplained. Seed mass is one trait that may help clarify why some lineages diversify more than others because it confers adaptation to different environments, which can subsequently influence speciation and extinction. The rate at which seed mass changes across the angiosperm phylogeny may also be linked to diversification by increasing reproductive isolation and allowing access to novel ecological niches...
July 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722748/evolution-and-plasticity-divergence-of-song-discrimination-is-faster-in-birds-with-innate-song-than-in-song-learners-in-neotropical-passerine-birds
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Benjamin G Freeman, Graham A Montgomery, Dolph Schluter
Plasticity is often thought to accelerate trait evolution and speciation. For example, plasticity in birdsong may partially explain why clades of song learners are more diverse than related clades with innate song. This "song learning" hypothesis predicts that (1) differences in song traits evolve faster in song learners, and (2) behavioral discrimination against allopatric song (a proxy for premating reproductive isolation) evolves faster in song learners. We tested these predictions by analyzing acoustic traits and conducting playback experiments in allopatric Central American sister pairs of song learning oscines (N = 42) and nonlearning suboscines (N = 27)...
July 19, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713414/divergent-evolutionary-patterns-of-nac-transcription-factors-are-associated-with-diversification-and-gene-duplications-in-angiosperm
#20
Xiaoli Jin, Jing Ren, Eviatar Nevo, Xuegui Yin, Dongfa Sun, Junhua Peng
NAC (NAM/ATAF/CUC) proteins constitute one of the biggest plant-specific transcription factor (TF) families and have crucial roles in diverse developmental programs during plant growth. Phylogenetic analyses have revealed both conserved and lineage-specific NAC subfamilies, among which various origins and distinct features were observed. It is reasonable to hypothesize that there should be divergent evolutionary patterns of NAC TFs both between dicots and monocots, and among NAC subfamilies. In this study, we compared the gene duplication and loss, evolutionary rate, and selective pattern among non-lineage specific NAC subfamilies, as well as those between dicots and monocots, through genome-wide analyses of sequence and functional data in six dicot and five grass lineages...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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