Parallel selective pressures drive convergent phenotypic diversification in the morphologically and ecologically diverse Pythons and Boas
Convergent evolution, or the multiple independent origin of a biological trait, can be expressed at many levels, from populations to adaptive radiations. Pythons and boas are globally distributed and are famous for their remarkable phenotypic and ecological diversity, spanning dwarfs to giants, and burrowers to tree-climbers. Each of the pythons and boas clades are species-rich adaptive radiations and provide a novel system to explore convergent evolution and macroevolutionary patterns at an...[Show more]
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