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Our recent review articles

Avian corticosteroid-binding globulin: biological function and regulatory mechanisms in physiological stress responses

Lin et al. provide insight into evolutionary adaptations in corticosteroid-binding globulin functions to accommodate physiological and endocrine changes in birds compared with mammals.

Evolution and development of the bird chondrocranium

Hüppi et al. present a comprehensive analysis on the chondrification sequence and the diversity of the cartilaginous embryonic skull of birds based on detailed descriptions published since the 19th century.

Ocean acidification promotes broad transcriptomic responses in marine metazoans: a literature survey

Hofmann et al. summarize key findings across the increasing number of comparative transcriptomics studies of the response of marine metazoans to ocean change.

Evolutionary transformation of mouthparts from particle-feeding to piercing carnivory in Viper copepods: Review and 3D analyses of a key innovation using advanced imaging techniques

Kaji et al. review the evolutionary history of heterorhabdid copepods and add new high-resolution, 3D anatomical analyses of the muscular system, glands and gland openings associated with this remarkable evolutionary transformation.

Feeding ecology in sea spiders (Arthropoda: Pycnogonida): what do we know?

Dietz et al. outline future steps necessary to gain a better understanding of the feeding ecology of one of the world’s most bizarre animal taxa.

Tree frog attachment: mechanisms, challenges, and perspectives

Langowski et al. facilitate an in-depth discussion of the mechanisms involved in the generation, transmission, and control of attachment forces in the toe pads. 

This could contribute to a better understanding of other biological attachment systems (e.g. in geckos and insects) and potentially stimulate the development of a wide array of bioinspired adhesive applications.

Body size regulation by maturation steroid hormones: a Drosophila perspective

Hyun summarizes some important findings about the steroid hormone regulation of Drosophila body growth, calling attention to the influence of developmental nutritional conditions on animal size determination.