Life-history specialization was not an evolutionary dead-end in Pyrenean cave beetles.

  title={Life-history specialization was not an evolutionary dead-end in Pyrenean cave beetles.},
  author={Alexandra Cieslak and Javier Fresneda and Ignacio Ribera},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={281 1781},
Research on subterranean organisms has focused on the colonization process and some of the associated phenotypic changes, but little is known on the long-term evolutionary dynamics of subterranean lineages and the origin of some highly specialized complex characters. One of the most extreme modifications is the reduction of the number of larval instars in some Leptodirini beetles from the ancestral 3 to 2 and ultimately a single instar. This reduction is usually assumed to have occurred… CONTINUE READING
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