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  1. Content type: Research

    The origin of jawed vertebrates was marked by profound reconfigurations of the skeleton and muscles of the head and by the acquisition of two sets of paired appendages. Extant cartilaginous fish retained numer...

    Authors: Janine M. Ziermann, Renata Freitas and Rui Diogo

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:31

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    Variation in growth and immune function within and among populations is often associated with specific environmental conditions. We compared growth and immune function in nestlings of year-round breeding equat...

    Authors: Henry K. Ndithia, Samuel N. Bakari, Kevin D. Matson, Muchane Muchai and B. Irene Tieleman

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:28

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  3. Content type: Research

    Stem cells are undifferentiated cells with a potential for self-renewal, which are essential to support normal development and homeostasis. To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying adult stem c...

    Authors: Matthias Teuscher, Nadi Ströhlein, Markus Birkenbach, Dorothea Schultheis and Michael Schoppmeier

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:26

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    The understanding of concerted movements and its underlying biomechanics is often complex and elusive. Functional principles and hypothetical functions of these complex movements can provide a solid basis for ...

    Authors: Sebastian Büsse, Thomas Hörnschemeyer and Stanislav N. Gorb

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:25

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    Reproductive division of labor is one of the key features of social insects. Queens are adapted for reproduction while workers are adapted for foraging and colony maintenance. In many species, however, workers...

    Authors: Ching-Chen Lee, Hirotaka Nakao, Shu-Ping Tseng, Hung-Wei Hsu, Gwo-Li Lin, Jia-Wei Tay, Johan Billen, Fuminori Ito, Chow-Yang Lee, Chung-Chi Lin and Chin-Cheng (Scotty) Yang

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:24

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  6. Content type: Research

    Numerous species, especially among rodents, are strongly affected by the availability of pulsed resources. The intermittent production of large seed crops in northern hemisphere tree species (e.g., beech Fagus sp...

    Authors: Jessica S. Cornils, Franz Hoelzl, Birgit Rotter, Claudia Bieber and Thomas Ruf

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:23

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  7. Content type: Research

    Ocean acidification and warming are happening fast in the Arctic but little is known about the effects of ocean acidification and warming on the physiological performance and survival of Arctic fish.

    Authors: Elettra Leo, Kristina L. Kunz, Matthias Schmidt, Daniela Storch, Hans-O. Pörtner and Felix C. Mark

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:21

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  8. Content type: Research

    The Asian house rat (Rattus tanezumi) and the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) are closely related species and are partially sympatric in southern China. Over the past 20 years, R. tanezumi has significantly expande...

    Authors: Hong-Ling Guo, Hua-Jing Teng, Jin-Hua Zhang, Jian-Xu Zhang and Yao-Hua Zhang

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:20

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  9. Content type: Research

    Animals show consistent individual behavioural differences in many species. Further, behavioural traits (personality traits) form behavioural syndromes, characterised by correlations between different behaviou...

    Authors: Andrea C. Schuster, Uwe Zimmermann, Carina Hauer and Katharina Foerster

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:19

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  10. Content type: Research

    Glass sponges (Class Hexactinellida) are important components of deep-sea ecosystems and are of interest from geological and materials science perspectives. The reconstruction of their phylogeny with molecular...

    Authors: Martin Dohrmann, Christopher Kelley, Michelle Kelly, Andrzej Pisera, John N. A. Hooper and Henry M. Reiswig

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:18

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  11. Content type: Research

    Predicting the consequences of continuing anthropogenic changes in the environment for migratory behaviours such as phenology remains a major challenge. Predictions remain particularly difficult, because our k...

    Authors: Heiko Schmaljohann, Simeon Lisovski and Franz Bairlein

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:17

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  12. Content type: Research

    Most animal eyes feature an opaque pigmented eyecup to assure that light can enter from one direction only. We challenge this dogma by describing a previously unknown form of eyeshine resulting from light that...

    Authors: Roland Fritsch, Jeremy F. P. Ullmann, Pierre-Paul Bitton, Shaun P. Collin and Nico K. Michiels

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:14

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  13. Content type: Research

    The Yangzhou goose is a long-day breeding bird that has been increasingly produced in China. Artificial lighting programs are used for controlling its reproductive activities. This study investigated the regul...

    Authors: Huanxi Zhu, Zhe Chen, Xibin Shao, Jianning Yu, Chuankun Wei, Zichun Dai and Zhendan Shi

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:11

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  14. Content type: Research

    Predation risk is a primary motivator for prey to congregate in larger groups. A large group can be beneficial to detect predators, share predation risk among individuals and cause confusion for an attacking p...

    Authors: Johan Månsson, Marie-Caroline Prima, Kerry L. Nicholson, Camilla Wikenros and Håkan Sand

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:10

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    Sexual selection has been hypothesised as favouring mate choice resulting in production of viable offspring with genotypes providing high pathogen resistance. Specific pathogen recognition is mediated by genes...

    Authors: Dana Rymešová, Tereza Králová, Marta Promerová, Josef Bryja, Oldřich Tomášek, Jana Svobodová, Petr Šmilauer, Miroslav Šálek and Tomáš Albrecht

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:9

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  16. Content type: Research

    Non-human animals often produce different types of vocalisations in negative and positive contexts (i.e. different valence), similar to humans, in which crying is associated with negative emotions and laughter...

    Authors: Elodie F. Briefer, Roi Mandel, Anne-Laure Maigrot, Sabrina Briefer Freymond, Iris Bachmann and Edna Hillmann

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:8

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  17. Content type: Review

    Arthropod diversity is unparalleled in the animal kingdom. The study of ontogeny is pivotal to understand which developmental processes underlie the incredible morphological disparity of arthropods and thus to...

    Authors: Georg Brenneis, Ekaterina V. Bogomolova, Claudia P. Arango and Franz Krapp

    Citation: Frontiers in Zoology 2017 14:6

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