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Volume 1 Issue 12, December 2017

All change

The isolated island continent of Australia has an exceptionally diverse lizard and snake fauna. However, this fauna is relatively young, and characterized by mass turnover and immigration following major climatic perturbations in the mid-Cenozoic.

See Oliver et al. 1, 1896-1902 (2017)

Image: Damien Esquerré. Cover Design: Allen Beattie.


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Comment & Opinion

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  • The application of a species-extinction model allows improved determination of the timing of phenological events, and increases the breadth of data types that can be mined and compared in phenology research.

    • Elizabeth R. Ellwood
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  • Phylogenetic data infer temporal clustering of immigration and re-diversification of Australian lizards and snakes, suggesting that climatic and geological changes may have precipitated re-assemblies of this vertebrate group.

    • Tiago B. Quental
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  • Biocultural approaches combining local values, knowledge, and needs with global ecological factors provide a fruitful indicator framework for assessing local and global well-being and sustainability, and help bridge the divide between them.

    • Eleanor J. Sterling
    • Christopher Filardi
    • Stacy D. Jupiter
  • Intragenomic conflict arises when a gene functions for its own good to the detriment of the rest of the genome. Here, the authors propose a general theory of intragenomic conflict and discuss its implications to organismal maladaptation and human disease.

    • Andy Gardner
    • Francisco Úbeda
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