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Recent radiation in West African Taterillus (Rodentia, Gerbillinae): the concerted role of chromosome and climatic changes
It is hypothesize that the process underpinning cladogenesis most probably involved highly underdominant genomic rearrangements that were fixed following pronounced populational bottlenecks resulting from drastic climatic and subsequent environmental changes.
The ancestral flower of angiosperms and its early diversification
Model-based reconstructions for ancestral flowers at the deepest nodes in the phylogeny of angiosperms, using the largest data set of floral traits ever assembled, allow us to propose a new plausible scenario for the early diversification of flowers, leading to new testable hypotheses for future research on angiosperm research.
Getting a grip on the evolution of grasping in musteloid carnivorans: a three‐dimensional analysis of forelimb shape
The results largely confirm predictions, demonstrating that musteloids with greater grasping skills differ markedly from others in the shape of their forelimb bones, and suggest that the evolution of an arboreal lifestyle likely preceded the development of enhanced grasping ability.
Biomechanical evolution of solid bones in large animals: a microanatomical investigation
The present study investigates the changes in bones' microanatomical organization associated with graviportality and how comparable they are with aquatically acquired osteosclerosis aiming to better understand the adaptation of bone to the different associated functional requirements.
The phylogeography of the rodent genus Malacomys suggests multiple Afrotropical Pleistocene lowland forest refugia
This study aims to reconstruct the evolutionary history of the African rodent genus Malacomys and to identify factors driving diversification within this genus.
Evolutionary history of the Persian Jird, Meriones persicus, based on genetics, species distribution modelling and morphometric data
The genetic and species niche modelling results suggest that potential refugial areas persisted during glacial periods for this species in north-western Zagros Mountains, north-eastern Alborz Mountains and Kohrud Mountains.
Phenotypic plasticity of Drosophila suzukii wing to developmental temperature: implications for flight
The results show no difference in phenotypic plasticity between invasive and native populations, rejecting a role for wing plasticity in the invasion success and indicating that cold-reared flies are capable of faster flight.
Geometric morphometrics of carapace of Macrobrachium australe (Crustacea: Palaemonidae) from Reunion Island
The morphometric analysis revealed the occurrence of two morphotypes corresponding to two different types of habitats, suggesting an adaptation to lotic disturbances and is tentatively interpreted as adaptive phenotypic plasticity in amphidromous organisms regressing to freshwaters after a marine larval phase.
Manual function and performance in humans, gorillas, and orangutans during the same tool use task.
Comparing the manual function and performance developed by humans, gorillas and orangutans while performing the same experimental tool use task highlights other ways in which humans' manual dexterity differs from that of other species and emphasizes the distinct manipulative function of orangutan.