Dear morphometricians

Here are two papers that have recently appeared and may be of interest to you.

One is an analysis of the evolution of ontogenetic allometries in flower parts. This is an application of allometric spaces, an idea so far mostly used in traditional morphometrics, but now applied within the framework of geometric morphometrics.

Strelin, M. M., S. M. Benitez-Vieyra, J. Fornoni, C. P. Klingenberg, & A. A. Cocucci. 2017. The evolution of floral ontogenetic allometry in the Andean genus Caiophora (Loasaceae, subfam. Loasoideae). Evolution & Development: advance online, DOI: 10.1111/ede.12246.

The second paper looks at the origin of fluctuating asymmetry in plants (and other sessile organisms). As far as I know, this is the first study to provide evidence that a part of what normally would be counted as fluctuating asymmetry is due not to developmental instability, but to phenotypic plasticity in response to environmental heterogeneity.

Tucić, B., S. Budečević, S. Manitašević Jovanović, A. Vuleta, and C. P. Klingenberg. 2017. Phenotypic plasticity in response to environmental heterogeneity contributes to fluctuating asymmetry in plants: first empirical evidence. Journal of Evolutionary Biology: advance online, DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13207

I hope these will be useful. Happy holidays and a productive start to the new year to everyone!

Best wishes,

Christian Peter Klingenberg
School of Biological Sciences
University of Manchester
Michael Smith Building
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PT
United Kingdom

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Phone: +44 161 2753899
Skype: chris_klingenberg

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