Affiliation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
- Origin and functional diversification of an amphibian defense peptide arsenalKim Roelants
Amphibian Evolution Lab, Biology Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
PLoS Genet 9:e1003662. 2013..The processing of multiple peptides from a single precursor entails a mechanism through which peptide-encoding genes may establish new functions without the need for gene duplication to avoid adaptive conflicts with older ones. ..
- Anuran radiations and the evolution of tadpole morphospaceKim Roelants
Unit of Ecology and Systematics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 108:8731-6. 2011..These complex patterns transcend the four traditionally recognized tadpole morphotypes and apply to most tissue types and body parts...
- Identical skin toxins by convergent molecular adaptation in frogsKim Roelants
Amphibian Evolution Lab, Department of Biology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Curr Biol 20:125-30. 2010..These results highlight extreme structural convergence in anciently diverged genes as an evolutionary mechanism through which recurrent adaptation is attained across large phylogenetic distances...
- Gradual adaptation toward a range-expansion phenotype initiated the global radiation of toadsInes Van Bocxlaer
Biology Department, Amphibian Evolution Lab, Unit of Ecology and Systematics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Science 327:679-82. 2010..Evolution toward a range-expansion phenotype might be crucial to understanding both ancient widespread radiations and the evolutionary background of contemporary invasive species such as the cane toad...
- Global patterns of diversification in the history of modern amphibiansKim Roelants
Unit of Ecology and Systematics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104:887-92. 2007..This proportionally late accumulation of extant lineage diversity contrasts with the long evolutionary history of amphibians but is in line with the Tertiary increase in fossil abundance toward the present...
- Local endemism within the Western Ghats-sri Lanka biodiversity hotspotFranky Bossuyt
Biology Department, Unit of Ecology and Systematics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Science 306:479-81. 2004..Future conservation programs for the subcontinent should take into account such patterns of local endemism at the finest scale at which they may occur...
- Archaeobatrachian paraphyly and pangaean diversification of crown-group frogsKim Roelants
Biology Department, Unit of Ecology and Systematics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Syst Biol 54:111-26. 2005..This observation outlines the potential significance of this breakup event in the formation of separate Mesozoic faunal assemblages in both hemispheres...
- A PCR survey for posterior Hox genes in amphibiansAn Mannaert
Department of Biology, Unit of Ecology and Systematics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, VUB, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Mol Phylogenet Evol 38:449-58. 2006..Hoxd-12 is absent in frogs and possibly other amphibians. Considering its function in autopodial development, the loss of this gene may be related to the absence of the fifth finger in frogs and salamanders...
- Low genetic diversity in tepui summit vertebratesPhilippe J R Kok
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Biology Department, Amphibian Evolution Lab, Pleinlaan 2, B 1050 Brussels, Belgium Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Department of Vertebrates, 29 Rue Vautier, B 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Curr Biol 22:R589-90. 2012..Here, we show that recent faunal interchange among currently isolated tepui summits has been extensive, and affected even taxa living in some of the most tepui-specific habitats and on the most inaccessible summits...
- Endemic ranid (Amphibia: Anura) genera in southern mountain ranges of the Indian subcontinent represent ancient frog lineages: evidence from molecular dataKim Roelants
Department of Biology, Unit of Ecology and Systematics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Free University of Brussels, Pleinlaan 2, B 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Mol Phylogenet Evol 31:730-40. 2004..By unceasingly providing favourable humid conditions, the subcontinent's southern mountain ranges have served as refugia for old lineages, and hence constitute a unique reservoir of ancient ranid endemism...