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Natural history collections as windows on evolutionary processes [Molecular Ecology]

Keywords : environmental change, evolution, genomics, morphology, natural history collections, phenotypic change

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Natural history collections provide an immense record of biodiversity on Earth. These repositories have traditionally been used to address fundamental questions in biogeography, systematics and conservation. However, they also hold the potential for studying evolution directly. While some of the best direct observations of evolution have come from long-term field studies or from experimental studies in the laboratory, natural history collections are providing new insights into evolutionary change in natural populations. By comparing phenotypic and genotypic changes in populations through time, natural history collections provide a window into evolutionary processes.(...)

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