Data from: Trait independence primes convergent trait loss

Molly C. Womack, Tyler S. Fiero & Kim L. Hoke
The repeated, independent evolution of traits (convergent evolution) is often attributed to shared environmental selection pressures. However, developmental dependencies among traits can limit the phenotypic variation available to selection and bias evolutionary outcomes. Here we determine how changes in developmentally correlated traits may impact convergent loss of the tympanic middle ear, a highly labile trait within toads that currently lack adaptive explanation. The middle ear’s lability could reflect evolutionary trade-offs with other skull features under...
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