Phenotypic plasticity, developmental bias and evolutionary diversification in butterflies
Led by Paul Brakefield
This project investigates reciprocal causation between phenotypic plasticity and genetic evolution using the African mycalesine butterfly, Bicyclus anynana. We set out to understand if and how the evolution of plasticity, and developmental bias, shapes evolutionary diversification, as well as the extent of parallel evolution amongst butterflies in different geographical locations with similar environments.
Conserved patterns of integrated developmental plasticity in a group of polyphenic tropical butterflies.
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van Bergen E, Osbaldeston D, Kodandaramaiah U, Brattström O, Aduse-Poku K, Brakefield PM. 2017. BMC Evol Biol 17:59 DOI 10.1186/s12862-017-0907-1.
EES predictions this project tests
- Conceptual issues
- Evolutionary innovations
- Inclusive inheritance
- Evolutionary diversification