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.
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.
In battle of the sexes, a single night with a New York male is enough to kill
Men and women often enter relationships with different long-term goals. In the animal world, differences in approaches to reproductive success can lead to sexual conflict.
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.
Crossbreeding could create stronger future for coral reefs
The hybridisation of algae that live in reef corals could increase their rate of development and provide a means for corals to adapt to global warming, Victoria University of Wellington research has shown.
Common back problems may be caused by evolution of human locomotion
A common spinal disease could be the result of some people's vertebrae, the bones that make up the spine, sharing similarities in shape to a non-human primate. The research, published in the open access journal ...
The hoo's hoo of gibbon communication
The secret communication of gibbons has been interpreted for the first time in a study published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. The research reveals the likely meaning of a number of dis ...
What makes the feather soar
Dinosaurs may have gone extinct some 66 million years ago, but that's hardly the end of their story. One group of their modern-day progeny, the class Avia—namely, birds—is a spectacular evolutionary success ...
Endangered chimpanzees may experience drastic habitat loss within five years
In central Cameroon, two different subspecies of chimpanzees live on opposite banks of the Sanaga River, the only instance of two different chimp subspecies living in the wild in a single country. The area ...
Genes offer new insights into the distribution of giraffes
The Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), a symbol of the African savanna and a fixed item on every safari's agenda, is a fascinating animal. However, contrary to many of the continent's other wild animals, these ...
Ancient fossils confirmed among our strangest cousins
More than 100 years since they were first discovered, some of the world's most bizarre fossils have been identified as distant relatives of humans, thanks to the work of University of Adelaide researchers.
Food affected by Fukushima disaster harms animals, even at low-levels of radiation
Butterflies eating food collected from cities around the Fukushima nuclear meltdown site showed higher rates of death and disease, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.
Sloths are no slouches when it comes to evolution
Today's sloths might be known as slow, small animals, but their ancestors developed large body sizes at an amazing rate, according to an evolutionary reconstruction published today in the open access journal ...
Oldest representative of a weird arthropod group
Biologists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have assigned a number of 435-million-year-old fossils to a new genus of predatory arthropods. These animals lived in shallow marine habitats ...
Cannibalism may contribute to the successful invasion by harlequin ladybirds of new habitats
INRA research scientists, working in collaboration with European and Russian scientists, have studied the cannibalistic behaviour of native and invasive populations of the Harmonia axyridis ladybird. Their findings suggest ...
Zombie ant fungi 'know' brains of their hosts
(Phys.org) —A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host, but not when ...