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Coevolution of diet and prey-specific venom activity supports the role of selection in snake venom evolution
The processes that drive the evolution of snake venom variability, particularly the role of diet, have been a topic of intense recent research interest. Here, we test whether extensive variation inExpand
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Phylogeography of the widespread African puff adder (Bitis arietans) reveals multiple Pleistocene refugia in southern Africa
Evidence from numerous Pan‐African savannah mammals indicates that open‐habitat refugia existed in Africa during the Pleistocene, isolated by expanding tropical forests during warm and humidExpand
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The future of ancient DNA: Technical advances and conceptual shifts
Technological innovations such as next generation sequencing and DNA hybridisation enrichment have resulted in multi‐fold increases in both the quantity of ancient DNA sequence data and the timeExpand
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Venom lethality and diet: differential responses of natural prey and model organisms to the venom of the saw-scaled vipers (Echis).
The composition of snake venoms shows a high degree of variation at all taxonomic levels, and natural selection for diet has been implicated as a potential cause. Saw-scaled vipers (Echis) provide aExpand
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Ancient DNA reveals differences in behaviour and sociality between brown bears and extinct cave bears
Ancient DNA studies have revolutionized the study of extinct species and populations, providing insights on phylogeny, phylogeography, admixture and demographic history. However, inferences onExpand
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Effect of massage of the hamstring muscle group on performance of the sit and reach test
Objective: To investigate if a single massage of the hamstring muscle group would alter the performance of the sit and reach test. Methods: Before treatment, each of 11 male subjects performed theExpand
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Optimized DNA sampling of ancient bones using Computed Tomography scans.
The prevalence of contaminant microbial DNA in ancient bone samples represents the principal limiting factor for palaeogenomic studies, as it may comprise more than 99% of DNA molecules obtained.Expand
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Tropical ancient DNA reveals relationships of the extinct Bahamian giant tortoise Chelonoidis alburyorum
Ancient DNA of extinct species from the Pleistocene and Holocene has provided valuable evolutionary insights. However, these are largely restricted to mammals and high latitudes because DNAExpand
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Complex Admixture Preceded and Followed the Extinction of Wisent in the Wild
Retracing complex population processes that precede extreme bottlenecks may be impossible using data from living individuals. The wisent (Bison bonasus), Europe’s largest terrestrial mammal,Expand
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Multi-locus phylogeny and species delimitation of Australo-Papuan blacksnakes (Pseudechis Wagler, 1830: Elapidae: Serpentes).
Genetic analyses of Australasian organisms have resulted in the identification of extensive cryptic diversity across the continent. The venomous elapid snakes are among the best-studied organismalExpand
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