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Latest Research

  • Perspective |

    Across pre-Columbian Amazonia, the relationship between cultural transitions and climatic trends is assessed.

    • Jonas Gregorio de Souza
    • , Mark Robinson
    • , S. Yoshi Maezumi
    • , José Capriles
    • , Julie A. Hoggarth
    • , Umberto Lombardo
    • , Valdir Felipe Novello
    • , James Apaéstegui
    • , Bronwen Whitney
    • , Dunia Urrego
    • , Daiana Travassos Alves
    • , Stephen Rostain
    • , Mitchell J. Power
    • , Francis E. Mayle
    • , Francisco William da Cruz Jr
    • , Henry Hooghiemstra
    •  & José Iriarte
  • Article |

    Using stable isotope probing to quantify growth and carbon assimilation rates of soil microbes along an elevation gradient, the authors show that these traits are more constrained by evolutionary history than environmental variation.

    • Ember M. Morrissey
    • , Rebecca L. Mau
    • , Michaela Hayer
    • , Xiao-Jun Allen Liu
    • , Egbert Schwartz
    • , Paul Dijkstra
    • , Benjamin J. Koch
    • , Kara Allen
    • , Steven J. Blazewicz
    • , Kirsten Hofmockel
    • , Jennifer Pett-Ridge
    •  & Bruce A. Hungate
  • Article |

    Carbon and oxygen isotope analysis of sediments and soils from hominin locales in Kenya coupled with results from hominin taxa suggest that a dietary shift from C3 to C4 resources occurred in the genus Homo circa 1.65 million years ago despite palaeoenvironmental continuity.

    • David B. Patterson
    • , David R. Braun
    • , Kayla Allen
    • , W. Andrew Barr
    • , Anna K. Behrensmeyer
    • , Maryse Biernat
    • , Sophie B. Lehmann
    • , Tom Maddox
    • , Fredrick K. Manthi
    • , Stephen R. Merritt
    • , Sarah E. Morris
    • , Kaedan O’Brien
    • , Jonathan S. Reeves
    • , Bernard A. Wood
    •  & René Bobe
  • Article |

    A stochastic, age-structured model incorporating hunter-gatherer demographic rates and palaeoecological reconstructions of carrying capacity predicts that a founding population of 1,300–1,550 individuals was necessary to survive the initial peopling of Pleistocene Australia, New Guinea, Tasmania and neighbouring islands (Sahul).

    • Corey J. A. Bradshaw
    • , Sean Ulm
    • , Alan N. Williams
    • , Michael I. Bird
    • , Richard G. Roberts
    • , Zenobia Jacobs
    • , Fiona Laviano
    • , Laura S. Weyrich
    • , Tobias Friedrich
    • , Kasih Norman
    •  & Frédérik Saltré
  • Brief Communication |

    An assessment of global extinction in plants shows almost 600 species have become extinct, at a rate higher than background extinction levels, with the highest rates on islands, in the tropics and for shrubs, trees or species with narrow ranges.

    • Aelys M. Humphreys
    • , Rafaël Govaerts
    • , Sarah Z. Ficinski
    • , Eimear Nic Lughadha
    •  & Maria S. Vorontsova

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    A novel technique based on isotope analysis shows that, compared to ecosystem type, evolutionary history explains more variation in bacterial growth traits along an elevation gradient. This knowledge could help move microbial ecologists toward improved predictive models of soil processes.

    • Steven D. Allison
  • News & Views |

    New research suggests that groups of ~130 modern humans at minimum undertook planned expeditions to colonise Sahul via a northern route. However, the necessity of more evidence to test this model reflects a need for change in the way we investigate the population history of this region.

    • Michael C. Westaway
  • News & Views |

    The adaptive radiation of notothenioid fishes after the Antarctic glaciation was preceded by rapid genomic evolution and reduced bone density.

    • Sarah J. Longo
  • News & Views |

    A model-based approach allows quantification of lineage-specific speciation and extinction rates on the basis of phylogenetic trees.

    • Tanja Stadler
  • Comment |

    As Bolivia approaches presidential elections in October 2019, the country’s environmental leadership is at stake. We discuss urgent challenges and opportunities for reconciling conservation and societal needs in this mega-diverse country.

    • Alfredo Romero-Muñoz
    • , Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares
    • , Mónica Moraes R.
    • , Daniel M. Larrea-Alcázar
    •  & Claire F. R. Wordley
  • News & Views |

    Long-term data on sockeye salmon in Alaska show how warmer temperatures during the juvenile freshwater stage of this species can drive shifts in later life history patterns.

    • Elizabeth A. Marschall


  • Researchers have performed the most comprehensive study to date on pollinator feeding habits in cities. They document what plants pollinators prefer and use computer models to predict the best ways to help them thrive.

  • 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.

  • 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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