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  • This dataset contains information on life history, wing morphological and reproductive traits of Pararge aegeria (L.). The data was collected from an eco-evolutionary study examining how male and female Pararge aegeria from woodland and agricultural landscape populations were affected by development on drought stressed host plants. The data of life history cover total development time and sex of the studied species. The data of wing morphology include total development time, sex, wing loading, the mean of forewing melanin, the mean of forewing:aspect ratio, and the total wing area. The data of female reproductive output are mean egg size, longevity, number of days until first egg laid, fecundity, arcine square root of the percentage of eggs hatched and the percentage of eggs hatched. All the data have adult mass, population name, landscape type and treatments. Further information can be found in Gibbs, M., Van Dyck, H., & Breuker, C. J. (2011). Development on drought-stressed host plants affects life history, flight morphology and reproductive output relative to landscape structure. Evolutionary Applications, 5(1), 66-75. Full details about this nonGeographicDataset can be found at

  • The dataset describes the effect of soil type, soil sterilisation and drought treatment on survival rate and growth of Howea belmoreana and Howea forsteriana, grown from seed in an experiment on Lord Howe Island for 30 months. The data describe the number of surviving plants per replicate, as well as height and number of leaves of individual plants at two timepoints. The work was carried out by Dr Owen Osborne and Prof. Vincent Savolainen, Imperial College London, and was funded by the NERC grant NE/M015742/1. Full details about this dataset can be found at

  • This dataset comprises cast reconstructions of brain cavity space in 60 extant avian species, derived from X-ray micro computed-tomography scan image stacks. Each reconstruction was made using Materialise Mimics 14.11 to create volumetric models (brain cavity casts) that were then transformed into the polygon mesh stereolithograph (STL) files archived here. Brain cavity cast models are in most cases accompanied by casts of main vascular features (e.g., carotid arteries) and the olfactory nerves (CN I). A data file (Data_TableComma Separated Values) based on values reported in Table 1 of Walsh et al. (2013: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0067176) is included that records volume values used in the original analysis, and coding of cerebellar flocculus morphology. Full details about this nonGeographicDataset can be found at

  • This dataset comprises the delta-13C and delta-15N stable isotopic information from two tissue samples (whole blood and mantle feathers) from 16 adults of 8 species of Southern Ocean procellariform collected at Bird Island, South Georgia during the austral summer 2001-2002. There have been numerous long-term research projects carried out at Bird Island under the auspices of the British Antarctic Survey, and this data represents one very small component that has been used to examine inter-specific competition in both the breeding and non-breeding periods. Full details about this dataset can be found at

  • CT scans of adult little skates (Leucoraja erinacea). These scans consist of series of tiff images that can be imported into CT segmenting software to reconstruct their shape in three dimensions. Supplemental files include CT scanning parameters, landmark coordinates for each vertebra in each skate, up to vertebra 70, as well as an R script with code for analysing vertebral shape using morphometrics and segmented linear regression tests. Computed tomography scans of three adult little skates were obtained in order to quantitatively study vertebral column morphology and regionalization. The skate fins were removed to facilitate shipping to our scanning facility, and so the scans include only the head, gill basket, and axial column. The specimens are now housed in the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology (specimen identification numbers 2021.50.1, 20201.50.2, and 2021.50.3). Full details about this nonGeographicDataset can be found at

  • The dataset comprises counts of four planktonic diatom taxa collected from Loch Leven from 1968-2007 by staff at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and its predecessor bodies, as part of their long-term monitoring programme of the lake. Count units are the density of cells per millilitre of water for four species; Asterionella formosa, Aulacoseira spp, Diatoma spp, Unicellular centric diatoms. Counts are of weekly to monthly frequency and from a single sampling station Full details about this dataset can be found at

  • The data set describes foraging decisions by great tits (Parus major), held in temporary captivity. Data were collected from birds caught from forest at the University of Jyväskylä Research Station, Konnevesi (62°37.7'N 026°17'E), Finland, and were collected during the winter of 2013-2014. Birds were presented with (1) two different coloured plastic cups, or (2) two different artificial prey (almond pieces inside a paper packet and printed with a black and white symbol). One symbol was made bitter-tasting by soaking the almond piece in chloroquine, and learning behaviour was recorded over three trials. Half of the birds in both experiments were presented videos of a demonstrator great tit, to provide social information about prey characteristics and unpalatability. Data were collected to test hypotheses about the evolutionary consequences of social information use by predators as part of a NERC-funded Independent Research Fellowship. Full details about this dataset can be found at

  • Data from whole transcriptome sequencing of the four European pine species - Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine), P. mugo (Dwarf mountain pine), P. uliginosa (Mountain pine) and P. uncinata (Peat-bog pine). Those data include 1) transcriptome sequence of a reference Scots pine sample generated using Illumina paired-end sequencing technology and 2) information about single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 17 samples collected across the European range, compared to the reference Scots pine sample. These genomic resources were produced to advance the study of the genetic basis of adaptive variation and speciation in pines. Full details about this dataset can be found at

  • This dataset contains information about various aspects of the alarm communication network of African savannah herbivores. Data were collected in April 2015 and between September 2015 and October 2016 in the Masai Mara National Reserve, in southern Kenya (1°30’S, 35°10’E). Research focused on the 12 most common herbivore species in the ecosystem. For each of these species, the dataset provides information on vigilance rates, the probability to alarm call in response to different predators, the responsiveness to heterospecific alarm calls, as well as the relative abundance and grouping behaviour of species. Details on study species, study design and data analysis are provided in the supporting documentation. Full details about this dataset can be found at