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Evolution underground: shedding light on the diversification of subterranean insects

Carlos Juan1* and Brent C Emerson2

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1 Department de Biologia, Universitat de les Illes Balears, 07122 Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2 Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

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Journal of Biology 2010, 9:17  doi:10.1186/jbiol227

Published: 11 March 2010


A recent study in BMC Evolutionary Biology has reconstructed the molecular phylogeny of a large Mediterranean cave-dwelling beetle clade, revealing an ancient origin and strong geographic structuring. It seems likely that diversification of this clade in the Oligocene was seeded by an ancestor already adapted to subterranean life.

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