Evolution underground: shedding light on the diversification of subterranean insects
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Journal of Biology 2010, 9:17 doi:10.1186/jbiol227Published: 11 March 2010
A recent study in BMC Evolutionary Biology has reconstructed the molecular phylogeny of a large Mediterranean cave-dwelling beetle clade, revealing an ancient origin and strong geographic structuring. It seems likely that diversification of this clade in the Oligocene was seeded by an ancestor already adapted to subterranean life.