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Portunoidea is a diverse lineage of ecologically and economically important marine crabs comprising 8 families and 14 subfamilies. Closely related portunid subfamilies Caphyrinae and Thalamitinae constitute some of this group’s greatest morphological and taxonomic...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4260
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Background The recent proliferation of large amounts of biodiversity transcriptomic data has resulted in an ever-expanding need for scalable and user-friendly tools capable of answering large scale molecular evolution questions. FUSTr identifies gene families involved...

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4234
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The maintenance of a G + C content that is higher than the mutational input to a genome provides support for the view that selection serves to increase G + C contents in bacteria. Recent experimental evidence from Escherichia coli demonstrated that selection for...

["Biotechnology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Synthetic Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4286
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1,698 views

The horned Ceratopsidae represent one of the last radiations of dinosaurs, and despite a decade of intense work greatly adding to our understanding of this diversification, their early evolution is still poorly known. Here, two postorbital horncores from the upper...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4265
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Taxonomic uncertainty of the Asian tree frog Polypedates leucomystax complex presents the challenging task of inferring its biogeographical history. Here, we describe its dispersion and the genetic relationships among different populations in Thailand, where we...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4263
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265 views

Previous studies of population genetic structure in Dissostichus eleginoides have shown that oceanographic and geographic discontinuities drive in this species population differentiation. Studies have focused on the genetics of D. eleginoides in the Southern Ocean;...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Genomics","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4173
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Spiders are well known for their silk and its varying use across taxa. Very few studies have examined the silk spigot ontogeny of the entire spinning field of a spider. Historically the spider phylogeny was based on morphological data and behavioral data associated...

["Entomology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4233
518 downloads
4,573 views

Massospondylus carinatus is a basal sauropodomorph dinosaur from the early Jurassic Elliot Formation of South Africa. It is one of the best-represented fossil dinosaur taxa, known from hundreds of specimens including at least 13 complete or nearly complete skulls....

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4224
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7,608 views

A new small-bodied ornithopod dinosaur, Diluvicursor pickeringi, gen. et sp. nov., is named from the lower Albian of the Eumeralla Formation in southeastern Australia and helps shed new light on the anatomy and diversity of Gondwanan ornithopods. Comprising an...

["Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4113
32 downloads
316 views

Coevolution of genes that encode interacting proteins expressed on the surfaces of sperm and eggs can lead to variation in reproductive compatibility between mates and reproductive isolation between members of different species. Previous studies in mice and other...

["Evolutionary Studies","Genetics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4259
144 downloads
1,777 views

Owing to their great diversity and abundance, ammonites and belemnites represented key elements in Mesozoic food webs. Because of their extreme ontogenetic size increase by up to three orders of magnitude, their position in the food webs likely changed during ontogeny....

["Developmental Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Paleontology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4219
138 downloads
1,426 views

A changing microbiome has been linked to biological aging in mice and humans, suggesting a possible role of gut flora in pathogenic aging phenotypes. Many bat species have exceptional longevity given their body size and some can live up to ten times longer than...

["Evolutionary Studies","Microbiology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4174
52 downloads
630 views

Background Efficient communication requires that signals are well transmitted and perceived in a given environment. Natural selection therefore drives the evolution of different signals in different environments. In addition, environmental heterogeneity at small...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Evolutionary Studies","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4209
64 downloads
505 views

Social learning provides an effective route to gaining up-to-date information, particularly when information is costly to obtain asocially. Theoretical work predicts that the willingness to switch between using asocial and social sources of information will vary...

["Animal Behavior","Anthropology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4190
70 downloads
343 views

Background Phylogenetic relationship within different genera of Lemnoideae, a kind of small aquatic monocotyledonous plants, was not well resolved, using either morphological characters or traditional markers. Given that rich genetic information in chloroplast...

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4186

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