Topic #4, March 2nd & 9th: Ryan and Sean

SNACKS & Who is Who March 9th: David Dunn

Behavior paper:

Jorona, M., Malletb,J.L.B. (1998 ) Diversity in mimicry: paradox or paradigm? TREE 13:461–466.

Genomics paper:

Heliconius Genome Consortium (2016) Butterfly genome reveals promiscuous exchange of mimicry adaptations among species. Nature 487:94-98.


Questions for reading (students must turn in 4 sets throughout semester):

  1. Which Chromosome from Bombyx contain the most orthologues to chromosome 12 of Heliconiu?

  2. Which statistical estimate (D estimate or Null) in Fig 3. B does Fig 3. A justify? Where does the other estimate come from?

  3. What question are they asking with figure 4? or, alternatively, what might their hypothesis be?

  4. Explain the "Y-axis" in figure 4 A-C in non mathematical terms. What then does a peak and a specific loci mean?

  5. Do you think that their would be selective pressure for or against (or perhaps none-either way) a change in chromosome structure or number in Heliconius butterflies?