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  • Article |

    Analysing a database of >200,000 feeding links between >5,000 species in terrestrial and aquatic food webs, the authors show that specific trait combinations can be used to predict which predator species are characterized by high body-mass ratio interactions with their prey.

    • Ulrich Brose
    • , Phillippe Archambault
    • , Andrew D. Barnes
    • , Louis-Felix Bersier
    • , Thomas Boy
    • , João Canning-Clode
    • , Erminia Conti
    • , Marta Dias
    • , Christoph Digel
    • , Awantha Dissanayake
    • , Augusto A. V. Flores
    • , Katarina Fussmann
    • , Benoit Gauzens
    • , Clare Gray
    • , Johanna Häussler
    • , Myriam R. Hirt
    • , Ute Jacob
    • , Malte Jochum
    • , Sonia Kéfi
    • , Orla McLaughlin
    • , Muriel M. MacPherson
    • , Ellen Latz
    • , Katrin Layer-Dobra
    • , Pierre Legagneux
    • , Yuanheng Li
    • , Carolina Madeira
    • , Neo D. Martinez
    • , Vanessa Mendonça
    • , Christian Mulder
    • , Sergio A. Navarrete
    • , Eoin J. O’Gorman
    • , David Ott
    • , José Paula
    • , Daniel Perkins
    • , Denise Piechnik
    • , Ivan Pokrovsky
    • , David Raffaelli
    • , Björn C. Rall
    • , Benjamin Rosenbaum
    • , Remo Ryser
    • , Ana Silva
    • , Esra H. Sohlström
    • , Natalia Sokolova
    • , Murray S. A. Thompson
    • , Ross M. Thompson
    • , Fanny Vermandele
    • , Catarina Vinagre
    • , Shaopeng Wang
    • , Jori M. Wefer
    • , Richard J. Williams
    • , Evie Wieters
    • , Guy Woodward
    •  & Alison C. Iles
  • Editorial |

    The IPBES global assessment has brought biodiversity prominently to the attention of policymakers and the public, and researchers should seize this critical opportunity to engender change towards sustainability.

  • Article |

    Biogeochemistry of teeth from the Italian site of Grotta Paglicci show different mobility strategies for humans using the cave either side of the Last Glacial Maximum.

    • Federico Lugli
    • , Anna Cipriani
    • , Giulia Capecchi
    • , Stefano Ricci
    • , Francesco Boschin
    • , Paolo Boscato
    • , Paola Iacumin
    • , Federica Badino
    • , Marcello A. Mannino
    • , Sahra Talamo
    • , Michael P. Richards
    • , Stefano Benazzi
    •  & Annamaria Ronchitelli
  • Article |

    Mammals with antipronograde body plans which employ suspensory positional behaviours demonstrate elevated variation in numbers of presacral vertebrae compared to pronograde species which display constraint on presacral vertebral number independent of running speed.

    • Scott A. Williams
    • , Jeffrey K. Spear
    • , Lauren Petrullo
    • , Deanna M. Goldstein
    • , Amanda B. Lee
    • , Amy L. Peterson
    • , Danielle A. Miano
    • , Elska B. Kaczmarek
    •  & Milena R. Shattuck
  • Author Correction |

    • Selina Brace
    • , Yoan Diekmann
    • , Thomas J. Booth
    • , Lucy van Dorp
    • , Zuzana Faltyskova
    • , Nadin Rohland
    • , Swapan Mallick
    • , Iñigo Olalde
    • , Matthew Ferry
    • , Megan Michel
    • , Jonas Oppenheimer
    • , Nasreen Broomandkhoshbacht
    • , Kristin Stewardson
    • , Rui Martiniano
    • , Susan Walsh
    • , Manfred Kayser
    • , Sophy Charlton
    • , Garrett Hellenthal
    • , Ian Armit
    • , Rick Schulting
    • , Oliver E. Craig
    • , Alison Sheridan
    • , Mike Parker Pearson
    • , Chris Stringer
    • , David Reich
    • , Mark G. Thomas
    •  & Ian Barnes
  • Article |

    Suskityrannus hazelae gen. et sp. nov. is a small-bodied tyrannosauroid that bridges the gap between earlier, smaller tyrannosauroids and the gigantic, last-surviving tyrannosaurids of the terminal Cretaceous.

    • Sterling J. Nesbitt
    • , Robert K. Denton Jr
    • , Mark A. Loewen
    • , Stephen L. Brusatte
    • , Nathan D. Smith
    • , Alan H. Turner
    • , James I. Kirkland
    • , Andrew T. McDonald
    •  & Douglas G. Wolfe
  • Brief Communication |

    Analysing responses of 378 bird species to deforestation in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, the authors show that sensitivity to habitat loss is dependent on where a population is located within its range.

    • C. David L. Orme
    • , Sarah Mayor
    • , Luiz dos Anjos
    • , Pedro F. Develey
    • , Jack H. Hatfield
    • , José Carlos Morante-Filho
    • , Jason M. Tylianakis
    • , Alexandre Uezu
    •  & Cristina Banks-Leite
  • Article |

    Interactions between members of a group may be influenced by their social relationships. Here, the authors track individuals’ trajectories within flocks of jackdaws and show that their social relationships transform local interactions and collective dynamics.

    • Hangjian Ling
    • , Guillam E. Mclvor
    • , Kasper van der Vaart
    • , Richard T. Vaughan
    • , Alex Thornton
    •  & Nicholas T. Ouellette
  • Editorial |

    The editors of Nature Ecology & Evolution are always keen to hear about your research and answer your questions, and you can approach us at conferences or contact us via e-mail at any time.

  • News & Views |

    The authors of a new genomic study propose three distinct latitudinal clines of ancestry among modern Inner Eurasians, each built upon successive layers of admixture.

    • Lara M. Cassidy
  • Comment |

    Current mangrove planting schemes aimed at reversing global losses are prioritising short-term increases in area over long-term establishment. Without sound, evidence-based restoration policies, this approach could accelerate the demise of mangrove forests and the ecosystem services they provide.

    • Shing Yip Lee
    • , Stu Hamilton
    • , Edward B. Barbier
    • , Jurgenne Primavera
    •  & Roy R. Lewis III
  • Article |

    Analysis of genomes from bonobo and chimpanzee populations reveals an ancient admixture event between bonobos and an extinct great ape several hundred thousand years ago and suggests introgression of functional genes from the archaic ape into bonobos.

    • Martin Kuhlwilm
    • , Sojung Han
    • , Vitor C. Sousa
    • , Laurent Excoffier
    •  & Tomas Marques-Bonet
  • Article |

    Genome-wide data for 763 individuals from inner Eurasia reveal 3 admixture clines in present-day populations that mirror geography, illuminating the historic spread and mixture of peoples across the Eurasian steppe, taiga and tundra.

    • Choongwon Jeong
    • , Oleg Balanovsky
    • , Elena Lukianova
    • , Nurzhibek Kahbatkyzy
    • , Pavel Flegontov
    • , Valery Zaporozhchenko
    • , Alexander Immel
    • , Chuan-Chao Wang
    • , Olzhas Ixan
    • , Elmira Khussainova
    • , Bakhytzhan Bekmanov
    • , Victor Zaibert
    • , Maria Lavryashina
    • , Elvira Pocheshkhova
    • , Yuldash Yusupov
    • , Anastasiya Agdzhoyan
    • , Sergey Koshel
    • , Andrei Bukin
    • , Pagbajabyn Nymadawa
    • , Shahlo Turdikulova
    • , Dilbar Dalimova
    • , Mikhail Churnosov
    • , Roza Skhalyakho
    • , Denis Daragan
    • , Yuri Bogunov
    • , Anna Bogunova
    • , Alexandr Shtrunov
    • , Nadezhda Dubova
    • , Maxat Zhabagin
    • , Levon Yepiskoposyan
    • , Vladimir Churakov
    • , Nikolay Pislegin
    • , Larissa Damba
    • , Ludmila Saroyants
    • , Khadizhat Dibirova
    • , Lubov Atramentova
    • , Olga Utevska
    • , Eldar Idrisov
    • , Evgeniya Kamenshchikova
    • , Irina Evseeva
    • , Mait Metspalu
    • , Alan K. Outram
    • , Martine Robbeets
    • , Leyla Djansugurova
    • , Elena Balanovska
    • , Stephan Schiffels
    • , Wolfgang Haak
    • , David Reich
    •  & Johannes Krause
  • Article |

    Neotropical tree community composition shows opposing successional pathways for wet and dry forests, but as vegetation cover increases over time, trends converge. Selecting species that have similar wood density to early successional communities could improve reforestation prospects.

    • Lourens Poorter
    • , Danaë M. A. Rozendaal
    • , Frans Bongers
    • , Jarcilene S. de Almeida-Cortez
    • , Angélica María Almeyda Zambrano
    • , Francisco S. Álvarez
    • , José Luís Andrade
    • , Luis Felipe Arreola Villa
    • , Patricia Balvanera
    • , Justin M. Becknell
    • , Tony V. Bentos
    • , Radika Bhaskar
    • , Vanessa Boukili
    • , Pedro H. S. Brancalion
    • , Eben N. Broadbent
    • , Ricardo G. César
    • , Jerome Chave
    • , Robin L. Chazdon
    • , Gabriel Dalla Colletta
    • , Dylan Craven
    • , Ben H. J. de Jong
    • , Julie S. Denslow
    • , Daisy H. Dent
    • , Saara J. DeWalt
    • , Elisa Díaz García
    • , Juan Manuel Dupuy
    • , Sandra M. Durán
    • , Mário M. Espírito Santo
    • , María C. Fandiño
    • , Geraldo Wilson Fernandes
    • , Bryan Finegan
    • , Vanessa Granda Moser
    • , Jefferson S. Hall
    • , José Luis Hernández-Stefanoni
    • , Catarina C. Jakovac
    • , André B. Junqueira
    • , Deborah Kennard
    • , Edwin Lebrija-Trejos
    • , Susan G. Letcher
    • , Madelon Lohbeck
    • , Omar R. Lopez
    • , Erika Marín-Spiotta
    • , Miguel Martínez-Ramos
    • , Sebastião V. Martins
    • , Paulo E. S. Massoca
    • , Jorge A. Meave
    • , Rita Mesquita
    • , Francisco Mora
    • , Vanessa de Souza Moreno
    • , Sandra C. Müller
    • , Rodrigo Muñoz
    • , Robert Muscarella
    • , Silvio Nolasco de Oliveira Neto
    • , Yule R. F. Nunes
    • , Susana Ochoa-Gaona
    • , Horacio Paz
    • , Marielos Peña-Claros
    • , Daniel Piotto
    • , Jorge Ruíz
    • , Lucía Sanaphre-Villanueva
    • , Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa
    • , Naomi B. Schwartz
    • , Marc K. Steininger
    • , William Wayt Thomas
    • , Marisol Toledo
    • , Maria Uriarte
    • , Luis P. Utrera
    • , Michiel van Breugel
    • , Masha T. van der Sande
    • , Hans van der Wal
    • , Maria D. M. Veloso
    • , Hans F. M. Vester
    • , Ima C. G. Vieira
    • , Pedro Manuel Villa
    • , G. Bruce Williamson
    • , S. Joseph Wright
    • , Kátia J. Zanini
    • , Jess K. Zimmerman
    •  & Mark Westoby
  • Article | | open

    Genome sequencing of a scyphozoan and a cubozoan jellyfish sheds light on the genetic basis of jellyfish-specific structures and cell types.

    • Konstantin Khalturin
    • , Chuya Shinzato
    • , Maria Khalturina
    • , Mayuko Hamada
    • , Manabu Fujie
    • , Ryo Koyanagi
    • , Miyuki Kanda
    • , Hiroki Goto
    • , Friederike Anton-Erxleben
    • , Masaya Toyokawa
    • , Sho Toshino
    •  & Noriyuki Satoh
  • Review Article |

    The World Database on Protected Areas has evolved since 1959 to become an essential resource for monitoring global progress in terrestrial and marine habitat protection. This Review illustrates the users and uses of the WDPA, its history of quality improvements and challenges for future development.

    • Heather C. Bingham
    • , Diego Juffe Bignoli
    • , Edward Lewis
    • , Brian MacSharry
    • , Neil D. Burgess
    • , Piero Visconti
    • , Marine Deguignet
    • , Murielle Misrachi
    • , Matt Walpole
    • , Jessica L. Stewart
    • , Thomas M. Brooks
    •  & Naomi Kingston
  • Article | | open

    Analysing the genome of a snailfish from the Mariana Trench, the authors show genetic changes associated with unique morphological and physiological adaptations to life in the hadal zone.

    • Kun Wang
    • , Yanjun Shen
    • , Yongzhi Yang
    • , Xiaoni Gan
    • , Guichun Liu
    • , Kuang Hu
    • , Yongxin Li
    • , Zhaoming Gao
    • , Li Zhu
    • , Guoyong Yan
    • , Lisheng He
    • , Xiujuan Shan
    • , Liandong Yang
    • , Suxiang Lu
    • , Honghui Zeng
    • , Xiangyu Pan
    • , Chang Liu
    • , Yuan Yuan
    • , Chenguang Feng
    • , Wenjie Xu
    • , Chenglong Zhu
    • , Wuhan Xiao
    • , Yang Dong
    • , Wen Wang
    • , Qiang Qiu
    •  & Shunping He
  • Article |

    DNA analyses of Mesolithic and Neolithic individuals indicates the British Neolithic transition was mediated by incoming continental farmers, with little gene flow from local hunter-gatherers.

    • Selina Brace
    • , Yoan Diekmann
    • , Thomas J. Booth
    • , Lucy van Dorp
    • , Zuzana Faltyskova
    • , Nadin Rohland
    • , Swapan Mallick
    • , Iñigo Olalde
    • , Matthew Ferry
    • , Megan Michel
    • , Jonas Oppenheimer
    • , Nasreen Broomandkhoshbacht
    • , Kristin Stewardson
    • , Rui Martiniano
    • , Susan Walsh
    • , Manfred Kayser
    • , Sophy Charlton
    • , Garrett Hellenthal
    • , Ian Armit
    • , Rick Schulting
    • , Oliver E. Craig
    • , Alison Sheridan
    • , Mike Parker Pearson
    • , Chris Stringer
    • , David Reich
    • , Mark G. Thomas
    •  & Ian Barnes
  • News & Views |

    A global analysis of the relationship between photosynthesis and temperature identifies key similarities and differences when scaling from leaves to ecosystems and suggests that carbon uptake by vegetation may be able to adjust to a warming world.

    • Danielle A. Way
  • Review Article |

    The evolution of the human facial skeleton is evaluated in the context of its extinct hominin relatives, and the biomechanical, physiological and social influences on its development are considered.

    • Rodrigo S. Lacruz
    • , Chris B. Stringer
    • , William H. Kimbel
    • , Bernard Wood
    • , Katerina Harvati
    • , Paul O’Higgins
    • , Timothy G. Bromage
    •  & Juan-Luis Arsuaga
  • News & Views |

    When local crop failures in different regions occur simultaneously, the result can be an amplification of global food production shocks. Better understanding of the role of production synchronicity in historic food system stability is an important step towards anticipating possible future losses.

    • Kirsty Lewis
  • News & Views |

    Three studies presenting genomes and transcriptomes from different life stages of nearly all major lineages of medusozoans present radically different gene expression profiles between life cycle stages and many medusa-specific genes.

    • Christine E. Schnitzler
  • Correspondence |

    • Miguel Cortés-Sánchez
    • , Francisco J. Jiménez-Espejo
    • , María D. Simón-Vallejo
    • , Chris Stringer
    • , María Carmen Lozano Francisco
    • , Antonio García-Alix
    • , José L. Vera Peláez
    • , Carlos P. Odriozola
    • , José A. Riquelme-Cantal
    • , Rubén Parrilla-Giráldez
    • , Adolfo Maestro González
    • , Naohiko Ohkouchi
    •  & Arturo Morales-Muñiz
  • News & Views |

    The EAT-Lancet Commission proposes a universal healthy diet that could help to limit environmental changes within the planetary boundaries, but further work is needed to adapt this diet to local conditions and limit unintended environmental and health impacts of changing diets.

    • Hanna L. Tuomisto
  • Article |

    An analysis of the global production of maize, rice, soybean and wheat from 1961 to 2008 reveals that, although production synchronization within these crops has decreased, leading to increased stability, synchrony between crops has increased, resulting in higher instability of global total calorie production.

    • Zia Mehrabi
    •  & Navin Ramankutty
  • Article |

    Transcriptomic and behavioural analyses of medaka fish demonstrate how photoperiodic activation of the long noncoding RNA LDAIR regulates behaviour in response to seasonal change.

    • Tomoya Nakayama
    • , Tsuyoshi Shimmura
    • , Ai Shinomiya
    • , Kousuke Okimura
    • , Yusuke Takehana
    • , Yuko Furukawa
    • , Takayuki Shimo
    • , Takumi Senga
    • , Mana Nakatsukasa
    • , Toshiya Nishimura
    • , Minoru Tanaka
    • , Kataaki Okubo
    • , Yasuhiro Kamei
    • , Kiyoshi Naruse
    •  & Takashi Yoshimura
  • News & Views |

    An assessment of the taxonomic composition of airborne pollen using targeted high-throughput sequencing may help in understanding environmental and human drivers of the grass pollen season and in allergy prevention and management.

    • Annette Menzel
  • Article |

    Morphometric analyses of hominid teeth from Early to Middle Pleistocene Java reveal that Meganthropus was a Pleistocene Indonesian hominid distinct from Pongo, Gigantopithecus and Homo, and that molars previously assigned to Homo erectus are more likely to belong to Meganthropus.

    • Clément Zanolli
    • , Ottmar Kullmer
    • , Jay Kelley
    • , Anne-Marie Bacon
    • , Fabrice Demeter
    • , Jean Dumoncel
    • , Luca Fiorenza
    • , Frederick E. Grine
    • , Jean-Jacques Hublin
    • , Anh Tuan Nguyen
    • , Thi Mai Huong Nguyen
    • , Lei Pan
    • , Burkhard Schillinger
    • , Friedemann Schrenk
    • , Matthew M. Skinner
    • , Xueping Ji
    •  & Roberto Macchiarelli
  • Article |

    A meta-analysis reveals that the presence of exotic species has a modest but significantly negative impact on the ecological properties of native marine communities and identifies the exotic species that exert the most harmful effects.

    • Andrea Anton
    • , Nathan R. Geraldi
    • , Catherine E. Lovelock
    • , Eugenia T. Apostolaki
    • , Scott Bennett
    • , Just Cebrian
    • , Dorte Krause-Jensen
    • , Nuria Marbà
    • , Paulina Martinetto
    • , John M. Pandolfi
    • , Julia Santana-Garcon
    •  & Carlos M. Duarte
  • Article |

    Analysis of planktic foraminifera dynamics in the wake of the Cretaceous–Palaeogene mass extinction shows that increases in morphologic complexity preceded changes in species diversity and that the construction of new morphospace constrained diversification speed following the extinction event.

    • Christopher M. Lowery
    •  & Andrew J. Fraass
  • News & Views |

    The reduction in biodiversity after the end-Cretaceous mass extinction event did not instantaneously create evolutionary opportunities for planktonic protists. Survivors instead re-diversified in pulses that followed morphological innovations.

    • Anne Weil
    •  & James W. Kirchner
  • Brief Communication |

    DNA metabarcoding is used to survey the spatial and temporal distribution of airborne grass pollen genera over the summer grass pollen season across Great Britain.

    • Georgina L. Brennan
    • , Caitlin Potter
    • , Natasha de Vere
    • , Gareth W. Griffith
    • , Carsten A. Skjøth
    • , Nicholas J. Osborne
    • , Benedict W. Wheeler
    • , Rachel N. McInnes
    • , Yolanda Clewlow
    • , Adam Barber
    • , Helen M. Hanlon
    • , Matthew Hegarty
    • , Laura Jones
    • , Alexander Kurganskiy
    • , Francis M. Rowney
    • , Charlotte Armitage
    • , Beverley Adams-Groom
    • , Col R. Ford
    • , Geoff M. Petch
    • , Angela Elliot
    • , Carl A. Frisk
    • , Roy Neilson
    • , Stephen Potter
    • , Abdullah M. Rafiq
    • , David B. Roy
    • , Katherine Selby
    • , Natascha Steinberg
    •  & Simon Creer
  • Brief Communication |

    Comparing temperatures in the forest understory versus open habitat across boreal, temperate and tropical biomes, the authors show that tree canopies act as thermal insulators that buffer the understory against temperature extremes.

    • Pieter De Frenne
    • , Florian Zellweger
    • , Francisco Rodríguez-Sánchez
    • , Brett R. Scheffers
    • , Kristoffer Hylander
    • , Miska Luoto
    • , Mark Vellend
    • , Kris Verheyen
    •  & Jonathan Lenoir
  • Article |

    Songbirds are a species-rich group known for their diversified sexual traits. Genomic analysis of 11 songbird species reveals evolutionary strata and shows their role in reshaping the genomic architecture of songbird sex chromosomes.

    • Luohao Xu
    • , Gabriel Auer
    • , Valentina Peona
    • , Alexander Suh
    • , Yuan Deng
    • , Shaohong Feng
    • , Guojie Zhang
    • , Mozes P. K. Blom
    • , Les Christidis
    • , Stefan Prost
    • , Martin Irestedt
    •  & Qi Zhou
  • Editorial |

    The development of essential biodiversity variables offers the prospect of large-scale data synthesis and a smoother path from science to policy.