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    This November, world leaders will meet in Glasgow, UK for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to discuss action on the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This Collection draws together content from across the Nature Portfolio that discusses solutions to challenges in mitigation, adaptation and finance — key pillars for COP26.

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  • Identifying Neanderthal and Denisovan bone fragments using collagen peptide mass fingerprinting and mitochondrial DNA analysis at Denisova Cave, the authors are able to date the earliest secure Denisovan presence at the cave to c. 200 ka. The stratigraphic association with lithics and faunal remains allows the authors to explore the behavioural and environmental adaptations of these elusive hominins.

    • Samantha Brown
    • Diyendo Massilani
    • Katerina Douka
  • Horizontal gene transfer could stabilize cooperation in bacteria because plasmids could promote the transfer of genes encoding public goods. However, the authors use comparative analysis and theoretical modelling to show that, while horizontal gene transfer may help cooperative genes invade a population initially, they have less of a role in long-term maintenance of cooperation.

    • Anna E. Dewar
    • Joshua L. Thomas
    • Melanie Ghoul
  • In a long-running forest biodiversity experiment in China, the authors ask which measures of tree functional trait diversity impact productivity as forests develop. While productivity increased with community-weighted mean trait values early on, after 7 years productivity was significantly increased in plots with higher functional diversity.

    • Franca J. Bongers
    • Bernhard Schmid
    • Xiaojuan Liu

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