Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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The skyline plot is a graphical representation of historical effective population sizes as a function of time. Past population sizes for these plots are estimated from genetic data, without a priori assumptions on the mathematical function defining the shape of...

["Computational Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3530
113 downloads
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High throughput (or ‘next generation’) sequencing has transformed most areas of biological research and is now a standard method that underpins empirical study of organismal biology, and (through comparison of genomes), reveals patterns of evolution. For projects...

["Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Microbiology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3529
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Background Admixture can facilitate adaptation. For example, black wolves have obtained the variant causing black coat color through past hybridization with domestic dogs and have higher fitness than gray colored wolves. Another recent example of the transfer of...

["Biosphere Interactions","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3522
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Mammalian tears are produced by lacrimal glands to protect eyes and may function in chemical communication and immunity. Recent studies on the house mouse chemical signalling revealed that major urinary proteins (MUPs) are not individually unique in Mus musculus...

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3541
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Razanandrongobe sakalavae Maganuco, Dal Sasso & Pasini, 2006 is a large predatory archosaur from the Middle Jurassic (Bathonian) of the Mahajanga Basin, NW Madagascar. It was diagnosed on the basis of teeth and a fragmentary maxilla, but its affinities were uncertain....

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3481
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According to the logic of the Trivers–Willard hypothesis, in a human population, if socioeconomic status is transmitted across generations to some extent, and if sons of high-status parents tend to have higher reproductive success than daughters, while daughters...

["Anthropology","Evolutionary Studies","Psychiatry and Psychology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3546
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Fourteen of the best sampled Oligo-Miocene local faunas from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, north-western Queensland, Australia are analysed using classification and ordination techniques to identify potential mammalian palaeocommunities and palaeocommunity...

["Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Palaeontology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3511
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Australian Oligo–Miocene mekosuchines (Crocodylia; Crocodyloidea) display wide diversity in cranial shape and inferred hunting strategies. Terrestrial habitus has been inferred for these distinctive predators. A direct morphological signal for locomotion can be...

["Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3501
202 downloads
998 views

Background During the Late Jurassic, several groups of eucryptodiran turtles inhabited the shallow epicontinental seas of Western Europe. Plesiochelyidae are an important part of this first radiation of crown-group turtles into coastal marine ecosystems. Fossils...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3482
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Parrots (Psittaciformes) are a diverse group of birds which need urgent protection. However, many taxa from this order have an unresolved status, which makes their conservation difficult. One species-rich parrot genus is Amazona, which is widely distributed in...

["Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3475
489 downloads
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The sauropod of El Oterillo II is a specimen that was excavated from the Castrillo de la Reina Formation (Burgos, Spain), late Barremian–early Aptian, in the 2000s but initially remained undescribed. A tooth and elements of the axial skeleton, and the scapular...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3409
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Trichogramma wasps are tiny parasitoids of lepidopteran eggs, used extensively for biological control. They are often infected with the bacterial symbiont Wolbachia, which converts Trichogramma to an asexual mode of reproduction, whereby females develop from unfertilized...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3505
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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...

["Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3464
71 downloads
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The colour patterns and morphological peculiarities of the hindwings of several butterfly species result in the appearance of a head at the rear end of the insect’s body. Although some experimental evidence supports the hypothesis that the “false head” deflects...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3493
580 downloads
3,672 views

Ouranosaurus nigeriensis is an iconic African dinosaur taxon that has been described on the basis of two nearly complete skeletons from the Lower Cretaceous Gadoufaoua locality of the Ténéré desert in Niger. The entire holotype and a few bones attributed to the...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3403

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