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  • Article |

    Fatty acid desaturase genes encode enzymes for the biosynthesis of fatty acids that are essential for individuals with plant-based diets. Here, the authors show positive selection on alternative alleles in Europeans before and after the onset of farming and strongest selection in Southern European farmers.

    • Kaixiong Ye
    • , Feng Gao
    • , David Wang
    • , Ofer Bar-Yosef
    •  & Alon Keinan
  • Article |

    Assessing the conservation status of 1,020 European marine fishes reveals half of large (>1.5 m) fishes are threatened with extinction and stock status diverges geographically: almost all Mediterranean stock is overfished, most northern European stock is not.

    • Paul G. Fernandes
    • , Gina M. Ralph
    • , Ana Nieto
    • , Mariana García Criado
    • , Paraskevas Vasilakopoulos
    • , Christos D. Maravelias
    • , Robin M. Cook
    • , Riley A. Pollom
    • , Marcelo Kovačić
    • , David Pollard
    • , Edward D. Farrell
    • , Ann-Britt Florin
    • , Beth A. Polidoro
    • , Julia M. Lawson
    • , Pascal Lorance
    • , Franz Uiblein
    • , Matthew Craig
    • , David J. Allen
    • , Sarah L. Fowler
    • , Rachel H. L. Walls
    • , Mia T. Comeros-Raynal
    • , Michael S. Harvey
    • , Manuel Dureuil
    • , Manuel Biscoito
    • , Caroline Pollock
    • , Sophy R. McCully Phillips
    • , Jim R. Ellis
    • , Constantinos Papaconstantinou
    • , Alen Soldo
    • , Çetin Keskin
    • , Steen Wilhelm Knudsen
    • , Luís Gil de Sola
    • , Fabrizio Serena
    • , Bruce B. Collette
    • , Kjell Nedreaas
    • , Emilie Stump
    • , Barry C. Russell
    • , Silvia Garcia
    • , Pedro Afonso
    • , Armelle B. J. Jung
    • , Helena Alvarez
    • , João Delgado
    • , Nicholas K. Dulvy
    •  & Kent E. Carpenter
  • Article |

    Trace fossil analysis reveals that following initial marginal incursions in the Ediacaran, the marine–terrestrial faunal transition became widespread in the Carboniferous, accompanied by repeated ‘bursts’ of diversification.

    • Nicholas J. Minter
    • , Luis A. Buatois
    • , M. Gabriela Mángano
    • , Neil S. Davies
    • , Martin R. Gibling
    • , Robert B. MacNaughton
    •  & Conrad C. Labandeira
  • Perspective |

    Reproducibility starts with having a transparent and streamlined workflow. Here, the authors describe how they achieved this using open data tools for the collaborative Ocean Health Index project.

    • Julia S. Stewart Lowndes
    • , Benjamin D. Best
    • , Courtney Scarborough
    • , Jamie C. Afflerbach
    • , Melanie R. Frazier
    • , Casey C. O’Hara
    • , Ning Jiang
    •  & Benjamin S. Halpern

News & Comment

  • Q&A |

    The theme of UN World Wildlife Day 2017 was ‘Listen to the young voices’. We talk to Mya-Rose Craig (@BirdgirlUK), a young naturalist, environmentalist and writer, who was appointed European Green Capital Ambassador for her home town of Bristol, UK, in 2015.

    • Simon Harold
  • Editorial |

    The emergence of new genes from non-coding DNA is common across eukaryotes — how they contribute to adaptive evolutionary novelties is fascinating.

  • Comment |

    Large-scale invasive species control initiatives are motivated by laudable desires for native species recovery and economic benefits, but they are not without risk. Management interventions and policies should include evidence-based risk–benefit assessment and mitigation planning.

    • R. Keller Kopf
    • , Dale G. Nimmo
    • , Paul Humphries
    • , Lee J. Baumgartner
    • , Michael Bode
    • , Nick R. Bond
    • , Andrea E. Byrom
    • , Julien Cucherousset
    • , Reuben P. Keller
    • , Alison J. King
    • , Heather M. McGinness
    • , Peter B. Moyle
    •  & Julian D. Olden
  • News and Views |

    Female aggression is enhanced after mating. Genetic manipulation and behavioural observation show that the receipt of sperm, and a seminal fluid protein, enhances female Drosophila aggression towards other females.

    • Tracey Chapman
    •  & Mariana F. Wolfner

About the Journal

  • Evolution is the unifying concept that runs through the life sciences, from the origin and diversification of life to understanding behaviour to dealing with disease. Ecology takes biology from the relative simplicity of individuals to the complexity of interactions between organisms and their environments. Its implications stretch beyond biology into environmental science and the grand challenges facing society.
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution publishes original research as Articles and Brief Communications. We will also publish News & Views, Reviews, Comments, Features and a range of other content, that elaborate on significant advances and debates in the field and cover topical issues and societal implications.
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution is staffed by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research and editorial backgrounds. It is led by Chief Editor Patrick Goymer, formerly ecology and evolution editor at Nature, and also includes former Nature Communications editors Vera Domingues and Simon Harold, former Nature News & Views editor Marian Turner and former Nature Plants editor Luiseach Nic Eoin.
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  • One of the major threats to biodiversity worldwide is international trade. The maps in this video show how consumers in the US and Japan are endangering animal species in 'threat hotspots' around the world.

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Volume 1 Issue 6

Image: Simon R. Thorrold. Cover Design: Allen Beattie.

Volume 1 Issue 6

Larval findings

Dispersal of the orange clownfish Amphiprion percula (shown here on coral reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea) is largely determined by movements during a pelagic larval stage. Accurate estimates of the distances travelled by larvae from spawning sites is critical to the design and evaluation of networks of marine reserves.

See Almany et al. 1, 0148 (2017)

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