The parallel ecomorph evolution of scorpionflies: The evidence is in the DNA

Defying expectations, scorpionflies were found to have ecomorphed in parallel evolutions, independently adapting along different high altitude locations in Japan. Using Bayesian simulations and molecular phylogenetic analysis, scientists were able to show the differing lineages of the ‘alpine’ and ‘general’ types of scorpionflies in their DNA, as well as time selective events such as glacial-interglacial cycles and the uplifting of the Japanese mountains.