Americans and Europeans mixed before Columbus arrival to America

IBE Researchers participate in a  study  that will be published shortly at American Journal of Physical Anthropology that demostrates that First genetic contact between Americans and Europeans took place far before Columbus arrival to America.


Published the book: "Vivir dos vidas" from Xavier Bellés (Premio "Prismas 2009")

The book written by the IBE Researcher and Director Xavier Bellés entitled " Vivir dos vidas" that received the award: "Prismas 2009"  from  "la Casa de las Ciencias" las is now published and available through the newspaper "La voz de Galicia "

Ecomorphological trends and phylogenetic inertia of otolith sagittae in Nototheniidae

A quantitative ecomorphological study was carried out on the sagitta otoliths of Antarctic and Subantarctic nototheniids, a particularly interesting family due to its fast adaptive radiation into different life strategies. Gómez-Zurita and colleagues analyzed the otolith shape and size of 18 nototheniids to test the relationship between phylogeny, otolith characters and trophic niche.

A Catalan "Indiana Jones" after Nabokov butterflies

IBE Researchers try to confirm Nabokov's thesis on Blue Butterflies New World's colonisation in a study that will be published shortly at Proceedings of the Royal Society  Vila, R., Bell, C.D., Macniven, R., Goldman-Huertas, B., Ree, R.H., Marshall, C.R., Bálint, Zs., Johnson, K., Benyamini, D. & Pierce, N.E. (2010) Phylogeny and paleoecology of Polyommatus blue butterflies show Beringia was a climate-regulated gateway to the New World. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences (in press).


New insights into the demographic history of African Pygmies

IBE Researchers obtain new insights into the demographic history of African Pygmies in a study that will be published in short at Molecular Biology and Evolution.  Chiara Batini; Joao Lopes; Doron M. Behar; Francesc Calafell; Lynn B. Jorde; Lolke van der Veen; Lluis Quintana-Murci; Gabriella Spedini; Giovanni Destro-Bisol; David Comas, (2010), " Insights into the demographic history of African Pygmies from complete mitochondrial genomes ", Molecular Biology and volution 2010; doi: 10.1093/molbev/msq294.


Chromosomal speciation revisited: Rearranging theory with pieces of evidence

The suggestion that chromosomal rearrangements play a role in speciation resulted from the observation that heterokaryotypes are often infertile. However, the first chromosomal speciation models were unsatisfactory and data available to test them was scarce. Faria R, Navarro A. Trends Ecol Evol. 2010 Nov;25(11):660-9.

Possible Louis XVI DNA recovery from a Pumpkin

CSIC researcher Carles Lalueza-Fox, from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (a joint centre of CSIC and Pompeu Fabra University-UPF), explains: "When the Y chromosome of three living Bourbons was decoded and we saw that it did not match with the DNA recovered from the pumpkin in 2010, we decided to sequence the complete genome and to make a functional interpretation in order to see if the blood could actually belong to Louis XVI."



Biodiversitat. Del Museu a la Naturalesa

Del 04/10/2010 fins a 25/10/2010
Sala d' Actes residencia Investigadors del CSIC a Catalunya. Coordinació per part de Xavier Bellés i inclou una xerrada de Jesús Gómez-Zurita.

Jornada de Biodiversidad en Acción

Aunque el ritmo de extinciones de especies se ha acelerado en los últimos años, las fuerzas de la naturaleza, la selección natural y la evolución están generando constantemente biodiversidad. Y entender las situaciones y los mecanismos que producen biodiversidad es fundamental para conservarla. Este es el denominador común de las conferencias que pronunciarán durante la Jornada diferentes investigadores del Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF).

Symposium 1-2 October Barcelona: Frontiers in Biodiversity a phylogenetic perspective

A two-day international symposium on frontier biodiversity research in a phylogenetic framework in Barcelona, Spain, October 1st and 2nd, 2010. This symposium is co-organized by the Biodiversity Research Institute of the University of Barcelona (IrBio), the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE, CSIC-UPF) and the Zoological Systematics and Evolution research group on the occasion of the International year of Biodiversity.


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