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Fast life history traits promote invasion success in amphibians and reptiles (2017)
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Street, S. E., Allen, W. L., & Capellini, I. (2017). Fast life history traits promote invasion success in amphibians and reptiles. Ecology letters, 20(2), (222-230). doi:10.1111/ele.12728. ISSN 1461-023X

Competing theoretical models make different predictions on which life history strategies facilitate growth of small populations. While ‘fast’ strategies allow for rapid increase in population size and limit vulnerability to stochastic events, ‘slow’... Read More

The role of life history traits in mammalian invasion success (2015)
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Capellini, I., Baker, J., Allen, W. L., Street, S. E., & Venditti, C. (2015). The role of life history traits in mammalian invasion success. Ecology letters, 18(10), (1099-1107). doi:10.1111/ele.12493. ISSN 1461-023X

Why some organisms become invasive when introduced into novel regions while others fail to even establish is a fundamental question in ecology. Barriers to success are expected to filter species at each stage along the invasion pathway. No study to d... Read More

Microparasites and placental invasiveness in eutherian mammals (2015)
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Capellini, I., Nunn, C. L., & Barton, R. A. (2015). Microparasites and placental invasiveness in eutherian mammals. PloS one, 10(7), (1-12). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132563. ISSN 1932-6203

© 2015 Capellini et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are... Read More

Phylogenetic signal in amphibian sensitivity to copper sulfate relative to experimental temperature (2015)
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Seren, N., Capellini, I., Carretero, M. A., Chiari, Y., Glaberman, S., & Serén, N. (2015). Phylogenetic signal in amphibian sensitivity to copper sulfate relative to experimental temperature. Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America, 25(3), 596-602. doi:10.1890/14-0439.1

The release of large quantities of chemicals into the environment represents a major source of environmental disturbance. In recent years, the focus of ecotoxicology has shifted from describing the effects of chemical contaminants on individual speci... Read More

The evolutionary significance of placental interdigitation in mammalian reproduction: Contributions from comparative studies (2012)
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Capellini, I. (2012). The evolutionary significance of placental interdigitation in mammalian reproduction: Contributions from comparative studies. Placenta, 33(10), (763-768). doi:10.1016/j.placenta.2012.07.004. ISSN 0143-4004

The placenta is fundamental to mammalian reproduction and is surprisingly diverse in gross morphology among species. Whether and how this diversity affects maternal investment and fetal growth is still poorly understood. Contrary to suggestions that... Read More

Ecological constraints on mammalian sleep architecture (2012)
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Preston, B., Nunn, C., McNamara, P., Barton, R., & Capellini, I. (2012). Ecological constraints on mammalian sleep architecture. Evolution of Sleep. Phylogenetic and functional perspectives, 12389. Cambridge University Press

In this chapter, we review the evidence for how ecological factors, including predation risk and foraging requirements, might shape patterns of sleep among mammals. We also highlight the need for more research on the degree to which animals can exhib... Read More

Maternal investment, life histories, and the costs of brain growth in mammals (2011)
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Barton, R. A., & Capellini, I. (2011). Maternal investment, life histories, and the costs of brain growth in mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(15), (6169-6174). doi:10.1073/pnas.1019140108. ISSN 0027-8424

Brain size variation in mammals correlates with life histories: larger-brained species have longer gestations, mature later, and have increased lifespans. These patterns have been explained in terms of developmental costs (larger brains take longer t... Read More

Placentation and maternal investment in mammals (2010)
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Capellini, I., Venditti, C., & Barton, R. A. (2011). Placentation and maternal investment in mammals. The American naturalist, 177(1), (86-98). doi:10.1086/657435. ISSN 0003-0147

The mammalian placenta exhibits striking interspecific morphological variation, yet the implications of such diversity for reproductive strategies and fetal development remain obscure. More invasive hemochorial placentas, in which fetal tissues direc... Read More

Adaptive evolution of four microcephaly genes and the evolution of brain size in anthropoid primates (2010)
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Montgomery, S. H., Capellini, I., Venditti, C., Barton, R. A., & Mundy, N. I. (2011). Adaptive evolution of four microcephaly genes and the evolution of brain size in anthropoid primates. Molecular biology and evolution, 28(1), (625-638). doi:10.1093/molbev/msq237. ISSN 0737-4038

The anatomical basis and adaptive function of the expansion in primate brain size have long been studied; however, we are only beginning to understand the genetic basis of these evolutionary changes. Genes linked to human primary microcephaly have re... Read More

Reconstructing the ups and downs of primate brain evolution: Implications for adaptive hypotheses and Homo floresiensis (2010)
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Montgomery, S. H., Capellini, I., Barton, R. A., & Mundy, N. I. (2010). Reconstructing the ups and downs of primate brain evolution: Implications for adaptive hypotheses and Homo floresiensis. BMC biology, 8(1), 9. doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-9

Background: Brain size is a key adaptive trait. It is often assumed that increasing brain size was a general evolutionary trend in primates, yet recent fossil discoveries have documented brain size decreases in some lineages, raising the question of... Read More

Does sleep play a role in memory consolidation? A comparative test (2009)
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Capellini, I., McNamara, P., Preston, B. T., Nunn, C. L., & Barton, R. A. (2009). Does sleep play a role in memory consolidation? A comparative test. PloS one, 4(2), (e4609). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004609. ISSN 1932-6203

Sleep is a pervasive characteristic of mammalian species, yet its purpose remains obscure. It is often proposed that 'sleep is for the brain', a view that is supported by experimental studies showing that sleep improves cognitive processes such as me... Read More

Parasite resistance and the adaptive significance of sleep (2009)
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Capellini, I., Barton, R. A., McNamara, P., Nunn, C. L., & Preston, B. T. (2009). Parasite resistance and the adaptive significance of sleep. BMC evolutionary biology, 9(1), doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-7. ISSN 1471-2148

Background. Sleep is a biological enigma. Despite occupying much of an animal's life, and having been scrutinized by numerous experimental studies, there is still no consensus on its function. Similarly, no hypothesis has yet explained why species ha... Read More

Energetic constraints, not predation, influence the evolution of sleep patterning in mammals (2008)
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Nunn, C. L., McNamara, P., Preston, B. T., Barton, R. A., Capellini, I., Barton, R., …Preston, B. (2008). Energetic constraints, not predation, influence the evolution of sleep patterning in mammals. Functional ecology, 22(5), (847-853). doi:10.1111/j.1365-2435.2008.01449.x. ISSN 1365-2435

1 Mammalian sleep is composed of two distinct states – rapid-eye-movement (REM) and non-REM (NREM) sleep – that alternate in cycles over a sleep bout. The duration of these cycles varies extensively across mammalian species. Because the end of a slee... Read More

Phylogenetic analysis of the ecology and evolution of mammalian sleep (2008)
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Capellini, I., Barton, R. A., McNamara, P., Nunn, C. L., & Preston, B. T. (2008). Phylogenetic analysis of the ecology and evolution of mammalian sleep. Evolution, 62(7), (1764-1775). doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2008.00392.x. ISSN 0014-3820

The amount of time asleep varies greatly in mammals, from 3 h in the donkey to 20 h in the armadillo. Previous comparative studies have suggested several functional explanations for interspecific variation in both the total time spent asleep and in r... Read More

Habitat primary production and the evolution of body size within the hartebeest clade (2007)
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Gosling, L. M., & Capellini, I. (2007). Habitat primary production and the evolution of body size within the hartebeest clade. Biological journal of the Linnean Society, 92(3), (431-440). doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2007.00883.x. ISSN 0024-4066

Local adaptation is a key process in the evolution of biological diversity but relatively few studies have identified the selective forces that drive trait divergence at low taxonomic levels, particularly amongst mammals. Variation in body size acros... Read More

The phylogeny of sleep database : a new resource for sleep scientists (2007)
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McNamara, P., Capellini, I., Harris, E., Nunn, C. L., Barton, R. A., & Preston, B. (2007). The phylogeny of sleep database : a new resource for sleep scientists. The open sleep journal, 1(1), 11-14. doi:10.2174/1874620900801010011

We have constructed a database that describes the sleeping characteristics of 127 different mammalian species representing 46 families across 17 orders. The data were extracted from 178 separate references that were found using standardized search pr... Read More