All posts tagged with speciation

Quote: Colin Groves on primate species

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In 2001, the Australian zoologist Colin Groves published an essay in the journal Evolutionary Anthropology giving his perspective on classification in primat...

Quote: ‘The modern view of species’

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The University of Michigan has done a release for a new paper studying speciation between black and mantled howler monkeys, by Marcella Baiz and coworkers: “...

Bedbugs: from bats to beds

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Carl Zimmer reported this week in the New York Times on research into the natural history of bedbugs in Europe: “In Bedbugs, Scientists See a Model of Evolu...

TED needs a better curator

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As 2013 slipped beneath the waves, The Guardian ran a long excerpt of a TEDGlobal talk by Benjamin Bratton: “We need to talk about TED”. Bratton is a sociolo...

Polar bear mtDNA replacement

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Jerry Coyne uses the occasion of polar bear genetics to give a biology lesson I’ve been trying to teach for 15 years: “A new study of polar bears underlines ...

Fusing chromosomes

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Carl Zimmer recounts recent research by Evan Eichler’s group on the evolution of human chromosome 2, which represents a fusion of two separate chromosomes in...

What kangaroos do…

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In the current issue of Heredity, Neaves and colleagues describe the results of their analysis of 12 microsatellite loci and the mtDNA of two kangaroo specie...

Stickleback sex

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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel prints a nice article about the work of my UW colleague, Jenny Boughman. Boughman studies adaptation and mating behavior in st...

Lizard dimorphism, ecology, and hominids

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You know I like the lizard analogies for human evolution -- I wrote about limb length and predation last time around -- and now we have another paper from J...

Dingo difficulties

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From the discussion of L. C. Birch's paper, "Evolutionary opportunity for insects and mammals in Australia", in the edited volume The Genetics of Colonizing...

Invasive species

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The story of colonizing species encompasses a wide range of "colonizing ability". From attempts at deliberate introductions, we know that some species just ...

Genetic discord

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I ran across this paper from a few years ago by John Avise and DeEtte Walker, which considers the implication of reticulation-based species concepts for mt...

Sweeping away differences

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Thinking about those wolves and their population structure a bit more, I was leafing through a back issue of New Phytologist, and found an article by Loren ...

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If hybrid zones are transient, what are the likely outcomes? One possibility is that hybrid zones represent secondary contact and neutral diffusion, that the...

Hybrid swarms

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I found this paper by E. B. Taylor and colleagues from a link on evolgen. The paper is titled "Speciation in reverse", and it is about the loss of distincti...

Leading me to climate frustration

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Science seems to have had a stealth theme going last week on climate change, and it included this perspective by Anna Behrensmeyer on climate change in huma...

Speciation rates and duration in primates

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In the most recent Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Darren Curnoe and colleagues have a paper titled "Timing and tempo of primate evolution". Here's the abs...

Speciation

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Speciation is the cessation of interbreeding between one animal population and all other populations with which it formerly exchanged genes. When interbreed...

Species concepts

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A new population that results from a speciation event is called a species. But although species result from a simple process, recognizing species in nature ...