News & Comment

  • Comment |

    Aichi Target 11 has galvanized expansion of the global protected area network, but there is little evidence that this brings real biodiversity gains. We argue that area-based prioritization risks unintended perverse consequences and that the focus of protected area target development should shift from quantity to quality.

    • Megan D. Barnes
    • , Louise Glew
    • , Carina Wyborn
    •  & Ian D. Craigie
  • News & Views |

    A focus on the sharp edge of manufactured stone flakes reveals increasing control and efficiency over a 2-million-year dataset, and fosters replicable, standardized methods in lithic analysis. But scaling this method up to more complex stone tools may require further thought.

    • Natasha Reynolds
  • News & Views |

    Genomes from hunter-gatherers dated to around 9,000 years ago reveal two early postglacial migrations into Scandinavia: an initial migration from the south and a second coastal migration north of the Scandinavian ice sheet.

    • Pontus Skoglund
  • 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
  • News & Views |

    Control of gene activity through transcriptional regulatory elements is a major driving force in human evolution. A new study measures nascent transcription directly and shows that sequence, activity and three-dimensional organization of transcriptional regulatory elements all contribute to the evolution of gene activity within primate CD4+ T cells.

    • Scott A. Lacadie
    •  & Uwe Ohler
  • News & Views |

    A dataset that links geographical occurrences, phylogenies, fossils and climate reconstructions for more than 10,000 vertebrate species reveals accelerated rates of climate niche evolution in warm-blooded animals.

    • Adam C. Algar
    •  & Simon Tarr
  • News & Views |

    For natural ecosystems, the speed of climate change is what matters most. If stratospheric climate geoengineering is deployed but not sustained, its impacts on species and communities could be far worse than the damage averted.

    • Phil Williamson
  • Comment |

    Intergenerational rights to a healthy environment are protected by the constitutions of 75% of the world’s nations. These explicit commitments and similar, ancient principles of sovereign public trust are often overlooked but, if enforced, they offer sustainable protection for the biosphere.

    • Adrian Treves
    • , Kyle A. Artelle
    • , Chris T. Darimont
    • , William S. Lynn
    • , Paul Paquet
    • , Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila
    • , Rance Shaw
    •  & Mary C. Wood
  • Editorial |

    Predators have important roles in structuring ecosystems, yet many are critically endangered and their reputation among non-scientists is decidedly mixed.

  • Q&A |

    Felix Finkbeiner founded Plant-for-the-Planet as a nine year old. In the ten years since then, 15 billion trees have been planted globally as part of the initiative. Tom Crowther was inspired by this mission, and decided to help by conducting a research project to map the world’s trees, revealing that there are just over 3 trillion trees on Earth. We spoke to them both about their collaboration.

    • Patrick Goymer
  • News & Views |

    Large-scale analysis of faunal similarity reveals the interconnectedness of Miocene savannah ecosystems, but also the need for more fossils to fill the gaps in the African palaeontological record.

    • Susanne Cote
  • Editorial |

    Nature Ecology & Evolution is a year old, and we are grateful for the enthusiastic reception from our research community. To celebrate our birthday we have compiled some facts and figures.