The list below represents the most-read articles in JEB last month. Most-read rankings are recalculated at the beginning of each month and are based on full-text and pdf views of articles published in the past 12 months only.
- A general relationship links gait mechanics and running ground reaction forces
Summary: A basic relationship that links the motion of running to the ground forces applied enables practical, motion-based predictions of force–time patterns at essentially all speeds and regardless of foot-strike mechanics.
- Naturalistic path integration of Cataglyphis desert ants on an air-cushioned lightweight spherical treadmill
Highlighted Article: Cataglyphis ants are shown to exhibit naturalistic navigation and typical homing behaviour, with a straight approach phase and looping search phase, on newly designed, fast-responding, lightweight, air-cushioned treadmill.
- The ecology and evolution of social behavior in microbes
Summary: To avoid misleading conclusions, the study of microbial social behavior must be grounded in ecology and account for eco-evolutionary feedback. Recent developments may facilitate this experimentally and inform theoretical frameworks.
- Life on the edge: O2 binding in Atlantic cod red blood cells near their southern distribution limit is not sensitive to temperature or haemoglobin genotype
Highlighted Article: Red blood cell oxygen binding affinity in Atlantic cod near their southern, warmer limit of distribution is largely temperature independent and not affected by functional differences between their major haemoglobin genotypes.
- How social learning adds up to a culture: from birdsong to human public opinion
Summary: We review recent converging studies, across birdsongs and human cultures, about how social learning adds up to a stable but rich culture.
- Mechanistic underpinnings of dehydration stress in the American dog tick revealed through RNA-Seq and metabolomics
Highlighted Article: Ticks employ a suite of molecular and biochemical mechanisms to survive dehydration stress; strategies include limiting damage and maximizing recovery when conditions allow.
- Phenotypic plasticity in three Daphnia genotypes in response to predator kairomone: evidence for an involvement of chitin deacetylases
Summary: Assessment of a clonal gradient of Daphnia reveals a high correlation between chitin deacetylase gene expression and neck-teeth induction.
- Modification of feeding circuits in the evolution of social behavior
Summary: Social behaviors are linked to foraging behavior on a behavioral and mechanistic level, and we propose that modifications of feeding circuits are crucial in the evolution of social behaviors.