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Latest Research

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    The common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) is one of only three obligate blood-feeding mammals. By sequencing both its genome and gut metagenome, the authors provide a holistic view of the evolutionary adaptations that underlie this unusual diet.

    • M. Lisandra Zepeda Mendoza
    • , Zijun Xiong
    • , Marina Escalera-Zamudio
    • , Anne Kathrine Runge
    • , Julien Thézé
    • , Daniel Streicker
    • , Hannah K. Frank
    • , Elizabeth Loza-Rubio
    • , Shengmao Liu
    • , Oliver A. Ryder
    • , Jose Alfredo Samaniego Castruita
    • , Aris Katzourakis
    • , George Pacheco
    • , Blanca Taboada
    • , Ulrike Löber
    • , Oliver G. Pybus
    • , Yang Li
    • , Edith Rojas-Anaya
    • , Kristine Bohmann
    • , Aldo Carmona Baez
    • , Carlos F. Arias
    • , Shiping Liu
    • , Alex D. Greenwood
    • , Mads F. Bertelsen
    • , Nicole E. White
    • , Michael Bunce
    • , Guojie Zhang
    • , Thomas Sicheritz-Pontén
    •  & M. P. Thomas Gilbert
  • Article |

    Gene-based predictive models of trophic modes reveal the Asgard archaea are not phagocytotic, and suggest instead that the origin of phagocytosis required an ancestral archaeal input of cytoskeleton components, a suite of bacterial proteins centred around calcium signalling, and a certain degree of innovation.

    • John A. Burns
    • , Alexandros A. Pittis
    •  & Eunsoo Kim
  • Article |

    Detecting selection events shared across human populations is challenging. Here, the authors identify overlapping and shared signatures of positive selection across human populations and connect shared targets of selection with potential biological mechanisms.

    • Kelsey Elizabeth Johnson
    •  & Benjamin F. Voight
  • Perspective |

    Open data is increasing rapidly, but data sets may be scattered among many repositories. Here, the authors present an overview of the open data landscape in ecology and evolutionary biology, and highlight key points to consider when reusing data.

    • Antica Culina
    • , Miriam Baglioni
    • , Tom W. Crowther
    • , Marcel E. Visser
    • , Saskia Woutersen-Windhouwer
    •  & Paolo Manghi
  • Perspective |

    The concept of ecosystem multifunctionality has emerged from two distinct research fields. In this Perspective, the authors reconcile these views by redefining multifunctionality at two levels that will be relevant for both fundamental and applied researchers.

    • Peter Manning
    • , Fons van der Plas
    • , Santiago Soliveres
    • , Eric Allan
    • , Fernando T. Maestre
    • , Georgina Mace
    • , Mark J. Whittingham
    •  & Markus Fischer

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    A duplicated gene in Drosophila melanogaster showcases an example of how sexual antagonism can be resolved.

    • Jennifer C. Perry
  • Editorial |

    The evolution of resistance has consequences for both food security and healthcare. To meet this challenge we need large-scale data to distinguish between what is evolutionarily plausible and what actually occurs in the field and the clinic.

  • News & Views |

    The genome of the Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa), a parthenogenetic fish species, shows little genetic decay and a high degree of diversity. The genetic health of this asexual vertebrate is surprising given the accumulation of genomic damage that is expected to follow from asexual reproduction.

    • Pedram Samani
    •  & Max Reuter
  • News & Views |

    Allowing biogeographical data to evolve at varying rates on a globe, not a plane, reveals new insights into the origin and dispersal of dinosaurs. The method could also be applied to manifold organisms, from humans to influenza viruses.

    • Chris Organ

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.
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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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