martedì 17 gennaio 2017

# s-evol: just three traits to explain, by Tereza & John

AA << found that just three traits explained most variation in diversification and species numbers among phyla: the most successful phyla have a skeleton (either internal or external), live on land (instead of in the ocean), and parasitize other organisms. >>

<< Other traits, including those that might seem more dramatic, had surprisingly little impact on diversification and species numbers: evolutionary accomplishments such as having a head, limbs, and complex organ systems for circulation and digestion don't seem to be primary accessories in the evolutionary "dress for success."  >>

<< "Parasitism isn't correlated with any of the other traits, so it seems to have a strong effect on its own," said Wiens [John Wiens]. >>

How to be winner in the game of evolution. Jan. 13, 2017

Tereza Jezkova, John J. Wiens. What Explains Patterns of Diversification and Richness among Animal Phyla? The American Naturalist (2017). DOI: 10.1086/690194

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