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Adaptation of a tropical butterfly to a temperate climate

Ossi Nokelainen, Erik van Bergen, Brad S Ripley and Paul M Brakefield.

in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

January 2018; p ublished online December 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Natural History; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 6637 words.

Abstract

Developmental plasticity enables organisms to cope with environmental heterogeneity, such as seasonal variation in climatic conditions, and is thought...

All the better to bite you with! Striking intrasexual differences in cheliceral size define two male morphs in an Amazonian arachnid

Diego Solano-Brenes, Solimary García-Hernández and Glauco Machado.

in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

October 2018; p ublished online September 2018 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Natural History; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 9896 words.

Abstract

When two mating tactics can be successfully used by different-sized males, disruptive selection may favour morphological divergence between males,...

Anatomical and genetic data reveal that Rivularia Heude, 1890 belongs to Viviparinae (Gastropoda: Viviparidae)

Bert Van Bocxlaer, Ellen E Strong, Romy Richter, Björn Stelbrink and Thomas Von Rintelen.

in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

December 2017; p ublished online May 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Natural History; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 13006 words.

Abstract

Within Viviparidae, the systematic affinities of several genera are uncertain, with respect to one another, but also as to their subfamily...

Anatomical study of two previously undescribed specimens of Clevosaurus hudsoni (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia) from Cromhall Quarry, UK, aided by computed tomography, yields additional information on the skeleton and hitherto undescribed bones

Aileen O’Brien, David I Whiteside and John E A Marshall.

in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

May 2018; p ublished online December 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Natural History; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 15026 words.

Abstract

We investigate two well-preserved and previously undescribed specimens of Clevosaurus hudsoni from a Late Triassic fissure deposit at Cromhall Quarry,...

Ancient DNA reveals that the ‘extinct’ Hunter Island penguin (Tasidyptes hunteri) is not a distinct taxon

Theresa L Cole, Jonathan M Waters, Lara D Shepherd, Nicolas J Rawlence, Leo Joseph and Jamie R Wood.

in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

December 2018; p ublished online August 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Natural History; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 3020 words.

Abstract

The penguin species Tasidyptes hunterivan Tets & O’Connor, 1983, the sole representative of an extinct penguin genus, was described on the basis of...

Angular cartilage structure and variation in Neotropical freshwater stingrays (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes: Potamotrygonidae), with comments on their function and evolution

João Pedro Fontenelle, Thiago S Loboda, Matthew Kolmann and Marcelo R de Carvalho.

in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

May 2018; p ublished online October 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Natural History; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 14035 words.

Abstract

The various configurations of the jaws, anterior branchial arches and neurocranium provide some of the fundamental synapomorphies, distinguishing the...

Are global hotspots of endemic richness shaped by plate tectonics?

Loïc Pellissier, Christian Heine, Dan F Rosauer and Camille Albouy.

in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

December 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Natural History; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 9506 words.

Abstract

The geology of the earth has shown profound changes in the position, connectivity and topography of continents during the last 100 Myr, which could...

Are phenotypic disparity and rate of morphological evolution correlated with ecological diversity in Carnivora?

Margot Michaud, Gèraldine Veron, Stèphane Peignè, Amandine Blin and Anne-Claire Fabre.

in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

June 2018; p ublished online May 2018 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Natural History; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 7957 words.

Abstract

In the modern definition of adaptive radiation, a clade rapidly diversifies from a common ancestor to colonize a wide variety of new ecological...

Arguments for replacing the concept of preadaptation by exaptation at the origin of terrestriality in Vertebrata

Mauro Luís Triques and Martin Lindsey Christoffersen.

in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

December 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Natural History; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 8673 words.

Abstract

A simplified cladogram of Sarcopterygii was used to analyse preadaptations compared with exaptations at the origin of terrestriality in Vertebrata....

Assessing the role of aridity-induced vicariance and ecological divergence in species diversification in North-West Africa using Agama lizards

Duarte V GonÇalves, Paulo Pereira, Guillermo Velo-AntÓn, D James Harris, Salvador Carranza and JosÉ C Brito.

in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

June 2018; p ublished online May 2018 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Evolutionary Biology; Natural History; Zoology and Animal Sciences. 10516 words.

Abstract

Diversification events in the Sahara–Sahel have mostly been attributed to regional aridification and subsequent arid–humid fluctuations, through...