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Development, plasticity and evolution of butterfly eyespot patterns
The developmental and genetic bases for the formation, plasticity and diversity of eyespot patterns in butterflies are examined. Eyespot pattern mutants, regulatory gene expression, and transplantsExpand
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The generation and diversification of butterfly eyespot color patterns
BACKGROUND A fundamental challenge of evolutionary and developmental biology is understanding how new characters arise and change. The recently derived eyespots on butterfly wings vary extensively inExpand
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Developmental constraints versus flexibility in morphological evolution
Evolutionary developmental biology has encouraged a change of research emphasis from the sorting of phenotypic variation by natural selection to the production of that variation through development.Expand
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Evo-devo and constraints on selection.
  • P. Brakefield
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Trends in ecology & evolution
  • 1 July 2006
Developmental bias, or genetic channeling, can influence the tempo and direction of evolution and, thus, become reflected in patterns of biodiversity. Twenty years ago, this notion rested on armchairExpand
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The dynamics of evolutionary stasis
Abstract The fossil record displays remarkable stasis in many species over long time periods, yet studies of extant populations often reveal rapid phenotypic evolution and genetic differentiationExpand
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Natural Selection and Developmental Constraints in the Evolution of Allometries
In animals, scaling relationships between appendages and body size exhibit high interspecific variation but low intraspecific variation. This pattern could result from natural selection for specificExpand
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Evolution of sexual dimorphism in the Lepidoptera.
Among the animals, the Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) are second only to beetles in number of described species and are known for their striking intra- and interspecific diversity. WithinExpand
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The Male Sex Pheromone of the Butterfly Bicyclus anynana: Towards an Evolutionary Analysis
Background Female sex pheromones attracting mating partners over long distances are a major determinant of reproductive isolation and speciation in Lepidoptera. Males can also produce sex pheromonesExpand
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Captivity masks inbreeding effects on male mating success in butterflies
Small isolated populations are frequently genetically less diverse than core populations, resulting in higher homozygosity that can hamper their long-term survival. The decrease in fitness ofExpand
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Evolutionary dynamics of multilocus microsatellite arrangements in the genome of the butterfly Bicyclus anynana, with implications for other Lepidoptera
The sequences flanking microsatellites isolated from the butterfly Bicyclus anynana display high levels of similarity among different loci. We examined sequence data for evidence of the twoExpand
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