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An evaluation of means of inquiry into the biological evolution of consciousness
(University of Canterbury. Department of Psychology, 2010)
How can the biological evolution and functions of consciousness be studied? The purpose of this thesis was to determine not only what means of inquiry are available to do so but also how good they are or, more specifically, ...
Evolution Of The Unnecessary : Investigating How fMet Became Central In Bacterial Translation Initiation
(University of Canterbury. School of Biological Sciences, 2015)
All bacteria initiate translation using formylated methionine, yet directly after translation, the formyl-group is removed. This sequence of addition and removal appears futile, yet every sequenced bacterial genome encodes ...
The potential for toxin and antitoxin gene pairs to display a post-segregational killing phenotype, with regards to the ecology of mobile elements.
(University of Canterbury. Biological Sciences, 2014)
Genes are able to replicate horizontally and vertically- a given gene may be more successful on horizontally mobile elements than others. This includes genes that exhibit a post-segregational killing (PSK) phenotype. PSK ...
Modelling Submarine Landscape Evolution in Response to Subduction Processes, Northern Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand
(University of Canterbury. Geological Sciences, 2010)
The steep forearc slope along the northern sector of the obliquely convergent Hikurangi subduction zone is characteristic of non-accretionary and tectonically eroding continental margins, with reduced sediment supply in ...
Predation risk and the evolution of odours in island birds
(University of Canterbury. School of Biological Sciences, 2014)
It is only recently that studies have explored the use of olfaction in birds. Birds are now known to use odour cues for navigation, and locating food. Odours produced by the birds themselves can also function in nest ...