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Researchers reconstruct 500 million years of insect evolution

What genetic mechanisms are responsible for the evolutionary success of arthropods, which also include insects, for example? A team of international researchers studied these species and tracked the evolutionary origin of key adaptations over 500 million years. The study was published in the journal "Genome Biology".

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