15 years of BMC Evolutionary Biology in 15 pictures

Fifteen years ago today, BMC Evolutionary Biology published its first article. To celebrate this anniversary, we look back at 15 of the most memorable images from the over 3000 articles we have published in our first 15 years.

Two color morphs of the mouse lemur Microcebus griseorufus, found in the gallery forests of southern Madagascar. From Heckman et al. 2006 “Incongruence between genetic and morphological diversity in Microcebus griseorufus of Beza Mahafaly“.

de Boer et al 2012 fig 1Fully expanded flower of the Japanese snake gourd Trichosanthes pilosa, showing the characteristic feather-like fringes along the petal margins. Picture courtesy of Ken Ishikawa, as used in de Boer et al. 2012 “Evolution and loss of long-fringed petals: a case study using a dated phylogeny of the snake gourds, Trichosanthes (Cucurbitaceae)“.

Schmitz & Wainwright 2011 fig 4Eyes of nocturnal and diurnal teleost reef fishes. From Schmitz & Wainwright 2011 “Nocturnality constrains morphological and functional diversity in the eyes of reef fishes“.

image-November 7.1Ground plan of wing patterns in Nymphalinae butterflies. From Suzuki et al. 2014 “Gradual and contingent evolutionary emergence of leaf mimicry in butterfly wing patterns”.

Rawlings et al 2007 fig 3Egg masses of introduced and native apple snails in the continental USA. From Rawlings et al. 2007 “The identity, distribution, and impacts of non-native apple snails in the continental United States“.

Tan et al 2012 fig 4Fossils of the beetle family Ommatidae. From Tan et al. 2012 “New fossil species of ommatids (Coleoptera: Archostemata) from the Middle Mesozoic of China illuminating the phylogeny of Ommatidae“.

Geisler et al 2011 fig 9External similarities among the three extant river dolphins and the coastal Pontoporia. Illustration by C Buell, as used in Geisler et al. 2011 “A supermatrix analysis of genomic, morphological, and paleontological data from crown Cetacea“.

Miya et al 2012 fig 4Representatives of the anglerfish family. From Miya et al. 2010 “Evolutionary history of anglerfishes (Teleostei: Lophiiformes): a mitogenomic perspective“. See paper for individual photo credits.

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Phylogenetic relationships of the ovenbird-woodcreeper clade. From Irestedt et al. 2009 “Convergent evolution, habitat shifts and variable diversification rates in the ovenbird-woodcreeper family (Furnariidae)“.

Fungus-termite-spores_mod-1013x1024 7.1Interactions between five homokaryotic mycelia of the termite-grown fungus Termitomyces. From Nobre et al. 2014The scope for nuclear selection within Termitomyces fungi associated with fungus-growing termites is limited”.

Bauhinia-fossil-leaves 7.1Fossilised leaves of Bauhinia wenshanensis. From Meng et al. 2014 “New biogeographic insight into Bauhinia s.l. (Leguminosae): integration from fossil records and molecular analyses”.

100720__Fig01‚ÌWord‚É“‚è•t‚¯—pBehavior on water of ‘sailing spiders’.  From Hayashi et al. 2015 “Sail or sink: novel behavioural adaptations on water in aerially dispersing species“.

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Range of the salamander ring species Ensatina eschscholtzii. From Devitt et al. 2011 “Asymmetric reproductive isolation between terminal forms of the salamander ring species Ensatina eschscholtzii revealed by fine-scale genetic analysis of a hybrid zone“.

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Pictorial descriptions of morphological extremes in damselfish. From Cooper & Westneat 2009 “Form and function of damselfish skulls: rapid and repeated evolution into a limited number of trophic niches“.

Moczek 2007 fig 1The horned beetle Onthophagus taurus: large horned males (top) and small, hornless males (bottom) as pupae (left) and corresponding adults (right). From Moczek 2007 “Pupal remodeling and the evolution and development of alternative male morphologies in horned beetles“.

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