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Differential Roles for Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) Receptor Type IB and IA in Differentiation and Specification of Mesenchymal Precursor Cells to Osteoblast and Adipocyte Lineages
It is demonstrated that type IB and IA BMP receptors transmit different signals to bone-derived mesenchymal progenitors and play critical roles in both the specification and differentiation of osteoblasts and adipocytes.
The effects of incubation thermal environments on size, locomotor performance and early growth of hatchling soft-shelled turtles, Pelodiscus sinensis
The thermal dependence of food assimilation and locomotor performance in southern grass lizards, Takydromus sexlineatus (Lacertidae)
Identifying sources of variation in reproductive and life-history traits among five populations of a Chinese lizard (Takydromus septentrionalis, Lacertidae)
The extensive geographical variation in reproductive and life-history traits that occurs within T. septentrionalis is exhibited even in long-term captives, suggesting that proximate factors that vary among localities are less important determinants of life- history variation than are intrinsic (presumably genetic) influences.
Influence of incubation temperature on morphology, locomotor performance, and early growth of hatchling wall lizards (Podarcis muralis).
A pervasive effect of thermal regime during incubation (and hence of nest site selection) on hatchling phenotypes is evidenced; for most of the analysed traits a critical threshold seems to exist between 29 and32 degrees C, so that hatchlings incubated at 32 degrees C exhibited major detrimental effects.
Does body-volume constrain reproductive output in lizards?
Surgical manipulations show that the amount of space available to hold eggs within a female's abdomen influences her total reproductive allocation, enabling her to flexibly modify her reproductive output as she grows larger.
Incubation temperature affects hatchling growth but not sexual phenotype in the Chinese soft-shelled turtle, Pelodiscus sinensis (Trionychidae)
The data support previous work that P. sinensis does not have temperature-dependent sex determination, and add evidence for the prediction that turtles within the Trionychidae have genotypic sex determination exclusively.
Comparative population genetics and phylogeography of two lacertid lizards (Eremias argus and E. brenchleyi) from China.
The divergence of two independent lineages of an endemic Chinese gecko, Gekko swinhonis, launched by the Qinling orogenic belt
The genetic structure and demographic history of an endemic Chinese gecko, Gekko swinhonis, were investigated by analysing the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene and 10 microsatellite loci, revealing a deep genetic structure analogous to mtDNA.