‘Cyclops’ beetles hint at solution to ‘chicken-and-egg’ problem in novel trait evolution

Cyclops beetlesOn Aug. 22, IU Communications put out a news release on two studies from the lab of IU Professor of Biology Armin Moczek.

The papers, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B and the Journal of Experimental Society Psychology, concerned research on beetles in the genus Onthophagus. By examining the relationship between the head structures in larval versus adult versions of these insects, the studies provided important new insights on how “old” genes can give rise to new traits.

The research also produced beetles with a striking physical feature: an extra “cyclops” eye in the center of the head.

Coverage of the study ran in the following outlets:

The release was also submitted and accepted in Futurity, a daily news roundup of university science news.

Organizations to the share the story on social media included the National Science Foundation and Newswise.

 

 

 

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