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Evolutionary Genetics Group


What genes are involved in adaptive phenotypic change? Are the same genes involved in similar adaptive changes in different lineages? How can we link adaptive phenotypic evolution to genomic evolution across phylogenies? These are some of the questions that we are addressing in diverse examples in primates, birds and other vertebrates, in relation to such traits as coloration, colour vision and brain size. Having previously focused on single locus examples we are increasingly adopting genomic approaches to these issues, using techniques such as transcriptome sequencing and gene capture second generation sequencing.



  • Coat colour evolution in primates
  • Evolutionary genetics of plumage colouration
  • Primate colour vision
  • Genetics of olfactory communication in primates