Evolutionary Biology

Section edited by Fyodor Kondrashov and Puri Lopez-Garcia

This section aims to yield an integrative and interdisciplinary view of evolution. Suitable research directions include molecular and mechanistic aspects of evolution as well as studies focusing on the evolutionary process, such as phylogenetic patterns and relationships. Conceptual, experimental and theoretical studies are equally appreciated as long as the central research direction is any aspect of evolution. Evolutionary hypotheses are welcome as long as they are based on the most rigorous scientific standards.

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  1. Hypothesis

    Viroids: “living fossils” of primordial RNAs?

    The discovery of the viroid in 1971, which initiated the third major expansion of the biosphere towards smaller living entities—after discovery of the “subvisual” microorganisms in 1675 and that of the “submic...

    Theodor O. Diener

    Biology Direct 2016 11:15

    Published on: 25 March 2016

  2. Research

    Evolutionary loss of peroxisomes – not limited to parasites

    Peroxisomes are ubiquitous eukaryotic organelles that compartmentalize a variety of metabolic pathways that are primarily related to the oxidative metabolism of lipids and the detoxification of reactive oxygen...

    Vojtěch Žárský and Jan Tachezy

    Biology Direct 2015 10:74

    Published on: 23 December 2015

  3. Research

    What can ecosystems learn? Expanding evolutionary ecology with learning theory

    The structure and organisation of ecological interactions within an ecosystem is modified by the evolution and coevolution of the individual species it contains. Understanding how historical conditions have sh...

    Daniel A. Power, Richard A. Watson, Eörs Szathmáry, Rob Mills, Simon T. Powers, C. Patrick Doncaster and BłaŻej Czapp

    Biology Direct 2015 10:69

    Published on: 8 December 2015

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Biology Direct 2016 11:29

  4. Research

    Putative adaptive inter-slope divergence of transposon frequency in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) at “Evolution Canyon”, Mount Carmel, Israel

    The current analysis of transposon elements (TE) in Drosophila melanogaster at Evolution Canyon, (EC), Israel, is based on data and analysis done by our collaborators (Drs. J. Gonzalez, J. Martinez and W. Makalow...

    Avigdor Beiles, Shmuel Raz, Yuval Ben-Abu and Eviatar Nevo

    Biology Direct 2015 10:58

    Published on: 14 October 2015

  5. Discovery notes

    Variation in the ribosome interacting loop of the Sec61α from Giardia lamblia

    The interaction between the ribosome and the endoplasmic reticulum-located Sec61 protein translocon is mediated through an arginine residue of Sec61α, which is conserved in all prokaryotic and eukaryotic ortho...

    Abhishek Sinha, Atrayee Ray, Sandipan Ganguly, Shubhra Ghosh Dastidar and Srimonti Sarkar

    Biology Direct 2015 10:56

    Published on: 30 September 2015

  6. Comment

    The Lamarckian chicken and the Darwinian egg

    “Which came first, the Chicken or the Egg?” We suggest this question is not a paradox. The Modern Synthesis envisions speciation through genetic changes in germ cells via random mutations, an “Egg first” scena...

    Yitzhak Pilpel and Oded Rechavi

    Biology Direct 2015 10:34

    Published on: 1 July 2015

  7. Research

    Minimization of extracellular space as a driving force in prokaryote association and the origin of eukaryotes

    Internalization-based hypotheses of eukaryotic origin require close physical association of host and symbiont. Prior hypotheses of how these associations arose include chance, specific metabolic couplings betw...

    Scott L Hooper and Helaine J Burstein

    Biology Direct 2014 9:24

    Published on: 18 November 2014

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Biology Direct 2015 10:11

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