Selecting Cuckoos

Interspecific brood parasitism represents a prime example of the coevolutionary arms race where each party has evolved strategies in response to the other.

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Host-parasite reversal

An invasive species reverses the roles in a host–parasite relationship between bitterling fish and unionid mussels.

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Avian promiscuity

Sperm competition represents an important component of post-copulatory sexual selection. It has been argued that the level of sperm competition declines in birds towards the equator.

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Diversity of afromontane forests

Montane forests in Eastern Africa represent one of the most important centres of world biodiversity. Studies of genetic variability of model species can shed light on the processes that have influenced their evolution.

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Fish aging

Variation in life span and functional decline among fish natural populations are linked, genetically underpinned, and can evolve relatively rapidly.

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About the Institute

The Institute of Vertebrate Biology performs basic research of vertebrates to achieve original data about free-living animals concerning their genetic, population and species diversity, phylogeny, population dynamics, interactions with environment, and association with human and animal microbial pathogens.

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