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Comparative analysis of teleost genome sequences reveals an ancient intron size expansion in the zebrafish lineage (2011)
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Moss, S. P., Joyce, D. A., Humphries, S., Tindall, K. J., & Lunt, D. H. (2011). Comparative analysis of teleost genome sequences reveals an ancient intron size expansion in the zebrafish lineage. Genome Biology and Evolution, 3(1), (1187-1196). doi:10.1093/gbe/evr090. ISSN 1759-6653

We have developed a bioinformatics pipeline for the comparative evolutionary analysis of Ensembl genomes and have used it to analyze the introns of the five available teleost fish genomes. We show our pipeline to be a powerful tool for revealing vari... Read More

Positive allometry and the prehistory of sexual selection (2010)
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Tomkins, J. L., Lebas, N. R., Witton, M. P., Martill, D. M., & Humphries, S. (2010). Positive allometry and the prehistory of sexual selection. The American naturalist, 176(2), (141-148). doi:10.1086/653001. ISSN 0003-0147

The function of the exaggerated structures that adorn many fossil vertebrates remains largely unresolved. One recurrent hypothesis is that these elaborated traits had a role in thermoregulation. This orthodoxy persists despite the observation that tr... Read More

Filter feeders and plankton increase particle encounter rates through flow regime control (2009)
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Humphries, S. (2009). Filter feeders and plankton increase particle encounter rates through flow regime control. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(19), 7882-7887. doi:10.1073/pnas.0809063106

Collisions between particles or between particles and other objects are fundamental to many processes that we take for granted. They drive the functioning of aquatic ecosystems, the onset of rain and snow precipitation, and the manufacture of pharmac... Read More

Sperm competition: Linking form to function (2008)
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Humphries, S., Evans, J. P., & Simmons, L. W. (2008). Sperm competition: Linking form to function. BMC evolutionary biology, 8(1), doi:10.1186/1471-2148-8-319. ISSN 1471-2148

Background. Using information from physics, biomechanics and evolutionary biology, we explore the implications of physical constraints on sperm performance, and review empirical evidence for links between sperm length and sperm competition (where two... Read More