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Latest Research

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    A Bayesian phylogeographic analysis of vocabulary from 306 Pama–Nyungan languages suggests that the language family rose to dominance across Australia in a process of rapid replacement following an origin in the Gulf Plains region during the mid-Holocene.

    • Remco R. Bouckaert
    • , Claire Bowern
    •  & Quentin D. Atkinson
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    High-coverage exomes from 300 central African hunter-gatherers and farmers reveal recent population trends and gene flow, as well as insight into the effects these trends have had on their respective mutational loads.

    • Marie Lopez
    • , Athanasios Kousathanas
    • , Hélène Quach
    • , Christine Harmant
    • , Patrick Mouguiama-Daouda
    • , Jean-Marie Hombert
    • , Alain Froment
    • , George H. Perry
    • , Luis B. Barreiro
    • , Paul Verdu
    • , Etienne Patin
    •  & Lluís Quintana-Murci
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    Targeted enrichment of >1,000 ultraconserved elements and divergence time analysis resolves relationships among 120 major acanthomorph lineages and provides a new timescale for acanthomorph radiation in the wake of the K–Pg boundary.

    • Michael E. Alfaro
    • , Brant C. Faircloth
    • , Richard C. Harrington
    • , Laurie Sorenson
    • , Matt Friedman
    • , Christine E. Thacker
    • , Carl H. Oliveros
    • , David Černý
    •  & Thomas J. Near
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    Little is known about the role of aquatic depth gradients in promoting intraspecific differentiation. Here, the authors present an annotated genome assembly of the roundnose grenadier, a deep-sea fish in which re-sequencing data indicate genotypic segregation by depth.

    • Michelle R. Gaither
    • , Georgios A. Gkafas
    • , Menno de Jong
    • , Fatih Sarigol
    • , Francis Neat
    • , Thomas Regnier
    • , Daniel Moore
    • , Darren R. Grӧcke
    • , Neil Hall
    • , Xuan Liu
    • , John Kenny
    • , Anita Lucaci
    • , Margaret Hughes
    • , Sam Haldenby
    •  & A. Rus Hoelzel
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    Secondary foundation species, such as epiphytes, form structurally complex habitats on primary foundation species. A meta-analysis shows that they significantly enhance the abundance and richness of inhabitants compared to primary foundation species alone.

    • Mads S. Thomsen
    • , Andrew H. Altieri
    • , Christine Angelini
    • , Melanie J. Bishop
    • , Paul E. Gribben
    • , Gavin Lear
    • , Qiang He
    • , David R. Schiel
    • , Brian R. Silliman
    • , Paul M. South
    • , David M. Watson
    • , Thomas Wernberg
    •  & Gerhard Zotz

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  • 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.
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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.
  • Years before they conquered the Internet, cats colonized our sofas. DNA from over 200 cat remains shows that farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats 9,000 years ago, before a second wave of cat domestication a few thousand years later in ancient Egypt.

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