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Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution
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The phylogeny of all major insect lineages reveals how and when insects diversified and provides a comprehensive reliable scaffold for future comparative analyses of evolutionary innovations among insects. Expand
Episodic radiations in the fly tree of life
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It is demonstrated that flies experienced three episodes of rapid radiation—lower Diptera (220 Ma), lower Brachycera (180 Ma), and Schizophora (65 Ma)—and a number of life history transitions to hematophagy, phytophagy and parasitism in the history of fly evolution over 260 million y. Expand
Single-copy nuclear genes resolve the phylogeny of the holometabolous insects
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Evidence from nucleotide sequences of six single-copy nuclear protein coding genes used to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships and estimate evolutionary divergence times is presented, finding strong support for a close relationship between Coleoptera (beetles) and Strepsiptera, a previously proposed, but analytically controversial relationship. Expand
Advances in insect phylogeny at the dawn of the postgenomic era.
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A review of the current consensus of insect relationships provides a foundation for comparative study and offers a framework to evaluate incoming genomic evidence. Expand
Arthropods of the great indoors: characterizing diversity inside urban and suburban homes
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High diversity was discovered, with a conservative estimate range of 32–211 morphospecies, and 24–128 distinct arthropod families per house, and some of the most frequently found arthropods in houses are unfamiliar to the general public despite their ubiquity. Expand
Ubiquity and Diversity of Human-Associated Demodex Mites
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A phylogenetic analysis of 18S rDNA reveals intraspecific structure within one of the two named human-associated Demodex species, D. brevis, suggesting that new lineages are likely to be discovered as humans from additional geographic regions are sampled. Expand
Evolution of the indoor biome.
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The emerging subfield of 'indoor biome' studies, situated at the intersection of evolutionary ecology, anthropology, architecture, and human ecology, is reviewed and some of its evolutionary dimensions are discussed. Expand
A multigene phylogeny of the fly superfamily Asiloidea (Insecta): Taxon sampling and additional genes reveal the sister-group to all higher flies (Cyclorrhapha).
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This work uses the nuclear protein-coding gene CAD and 28S rDNA to test the monophyly of Asiloidea and to resolve its relationship to Eremoneura, finding that the 'asiloid' genus Apystomyia is sister to Cyclorrhapha and the remaining asiloids are monophyletic at the exclusion of the family Bombyliidae. Expand
Biodiversity and socioeconomics in the city: a review of the luxury effect
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The ecological dynamics of cities are influenced not only by geophysical and biological factors, but also by aspects of human society, and a pattern of higher biodiversity in affluent neighbourhoods has been termed ‘the luxury effect'. Expand
Toward a Mechanistic Understanding of Linguistic Diversity
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It is suggested that future analyses should account for interactions among causal factors, the lack of spatial and phylogenetic independence of the data, and transitory patterns, and future modeling approaches should also evaluate how the outcomes of these processes are influenced by demography, environmental heterogeneity, and time. Expand
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