BMC Evolutionary Biology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of molecular and non-molecular evolution of all organisms, as well as phylogenetics and palaeontology. It is journal policy to publish work deemed by peer reviewers to be a coherent and sound addition to scientific knowledge and to put less emphasis on interest levels, provided that the research constitutes a useful contribution to the field.
Fossil fireworm species named after rock musician
A muscly fossil fireworm, discovered by scientists from the University of Bristol and the Natural History Museum, has been named Rollinschaeta myoplena in honour of punk musician and spoken word artist, Henry Rollins.
Adelie penguin numbers may expand as glaciers retreat
Shrinking glaciers could lead to increasing numbers of Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) in East Antarctica, according to research published in the open access journal, BMC Evolutionary Biology.
Meet Pentecopterus, a new predator from the prehistoric seas
You don't name a sea creature after an ancient Greek warship unless it's built like a predator.
Re-thinking 'adaptive radiation'—one of biology's most important concepts
A lizard lineage which has evolved over the last 19 million years has helped scientists to re-think one of the most important concepts of modern biology.
Fallow deer are all about the bass when sizing up rivals
During the deer's breeding season, or rut, the researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and ETH Zürich, played male fallow deer (bucks) in Petworth Park in West Sussex, a variety of different calls that had ...
Seafaring spiders depend on their 'sails' and 'anchors'
Spiders travel across water like ships, using their legs as sails and their silk as an anchor, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. The study helps explain how spiders are able ...
Nightingales show off their fathering skills through song
The song of the male nightingale tells females how good a father he will be, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.
What did the first snakes look like?
The ancestral snakes in the grass actually lived in the forest, according to the most detailed look yet at the iconic reptiles.
Oldest DNA sequences may reveal secrets of ancient animal ancestors
700 million year-old DNA sequences from ancient animals have been unearthed by researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Warwick, shedding new light on our earliest animal ancestors and how they influenced modern species ...
How the chameleon climbed to the top of the tree
The chameleon's exceptional tree-climbing ability is dependent on vital ball-and-socket joints in its wrists and ankles, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. The study also ...