Tag: evolution

Hagfish Slime Cells Tailored to Deter Predation

My new paper addresses the evolution of hagfish slime thread and the thread cells. It shows the largest cell size allometry in animals known. The results suggest a significant impact from body size-related selection (via predator-prey interactions) for the evolution of slime threads. See interviews by The Scientists and SYFY Wire.

Evolution of flight morphology in stick insects

This manuscript covers: (1) relative abundance of flight morphs (here determined by wing and body sizes) in stick insects, and (2) evolutionary correlation between key morphological variables, with sexual dimorphism incorporated. This work paved the ground for understanding the diversity of flight morphology in stick insects and provided a template for addressing insect flight biomechanics

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