Steven Cooper

Steven Cooper

South Australian Museum and The University of Adelaide

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That's a great idea, Markus- we need to find a nice way of calibrating the neutral mutation rate of gene degeneration, or even it's relative rate compared to other markers like COI, then we could make some nice estimates on timing the onset of cave colonisation. Are there any genes that are potentially showing degeneration in P. hirtus? Steve
Jan 16, 2019
Exploring the temperature tolerance of a cave beetle
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Really interesting result, Marcus, for the age of the lineage, but could its nearest surface relative have gone extinct (e.g. that is likely the case for many of our subterranean dytiscid species)? Extinction of lineages is often a confounding factor in biogeographical studies, particularly in regions that have gone through glaciations or in Australia's case - severe aridity. cheers, Steve
Jan 13, 2019
Exploring the temperature tolerance of a cave beetle
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