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High functional diversity in deep-sea fish communities and increasing intra-specific trait variation with increasing latitude

Elisabeth Myers, Marti Anderson, Libby Liggins, Euan Harvey, Clive Roberts & David Eme
Variation in both inter- and intra-specific traits affect community dynamics, yet we know little regarding the relative importance of external environmental filters vs internal biotic interactions that shape the functional space of communities along broad-scale environmental gradients, such as latitude, elevation or depth. We examined changes in several key aspects of functional alpha-diversity for marine fishes along depth and latitude gradients by quantifying intra- and inter-specific richness, dispersion and regularity in functional trait space. We...

Data from: Convergence and constraint in the cranial evolution of mosasaurid reptiles and early cetaceans

Rebecca Bennion, Jamie MacLaren, Ellen Coombs, Felix Marx, Olivier Lambert & Valentin Fischer
The repeated return of tetrapods to aquatic life provides some of the best-known examples of convergent evolution. One comparison which has received relatively little focus is that of mosasaurids (a group of Late Cretaceous squamates) and archaic cetaceans (the ancestors of modern whales and dolphins), both of which show high levels of craniodental disparity, similar initial trends in locomotory evolution, and global distributions. Here we investigate convergence in skull ecomorphology during the initial aquatic radiations...

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  • French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea
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