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Has Vicariance or Dispersal Been the Predominant Biogeographic Force in Madagascar? Only Time Will Tell
It is concluded that most of the present-day biota of Madagascar is comprised of the descendents of Cenozoic dispersers, predominantly with African origins. Expand
Divergence dates for Malagasy lemurs estimated from multiple gene loci: geological and evolutionary context
A Bayesian method is employed to estimate divergence dates within the lemuriform radiation using several unlinked gene loci and multiple fossil calibrations outside the leMurrayiform clade, finding that, when only single calibration points are employed, divergence dates are systematically underestimated. Expand
Estimation of primate speciation dates using local molecular clocks.
  • A. Yoder, Z. Yang
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Molecular biology and evolution
  • 1 July 2000
It is concluded that the calibration derived from the primate fossil record is too recent to be reliable and a number of problems in date estimation when the molecular clock does not hold are pointed out. Expand
Single origin of Malagasy Carnivora from an African ancestor
A multi-gene phylogenetic analysis is used to show that Malagasy carnivorans are monophyletic and thus the product of a single colonization of Madagascar by an African ancestor, and that a single event cannot explain the presence of both groups in Madagascar. Expand
Phylogeography's past, present, and future: 10 years after Avise, 2000.
Way in which model-based phylogeography can interface with various subfields to become one of the most integrative fields in all of ecology and evolutionary biology is discussed. Expand
Ancient single origin for Malagasy primates.
It is concluded that primate origins were marked by rapid speciation and diversification sometime before the late Paleocene, and called for a revision of primate classifications in which the dwarf and mouse lemurs are placed within the Afro-Asian lorisiforms. Expand
Comparison of likelihood and Bayesian methods for estimating divergence times using multiple gene Loci and calibration points, with application to a radiation of cute-looking mouse lemur species.
Previous likelihood models of local molecular clock for estimating species divergence times are extended to accommodate multiple calibration points and multiple genes to analyze two mitochondrial protein-coding genes to estimate divergence times of Malagasy mouse lemurs and related outgroups. Expand
Development and application of a phylogenomic toolkit: resolving the evolutionary history of Madagascar's lemurs.
The phylogenomic toolkit is used to develop 11 novel markers from nine chromosomes, representing approximately 9 kb of nuclear sequence data, and yields a data set of more than 16 kb that will be of value to other studies of primate phylogeny and diversification. Expand
Evidence from opsin genes rejects nocturnality in ancestral primates.
The observations suggest that the ancestral primates were diurnal or cathemeral and that nocturnality has evolved several times in the prosimians, first in the lorisiforms but much later in other lineages. Expand
The Phylogeny of Rosoideae (Rosaceae) Based on Sequences of the Internal Transcribed Spacers (ITS) of Nuclear Ribosomal DNA and the trnL/F Region of Chloroplast DNA
The phylogeny of Rosoideae was investigated using 44 species using new sequence data from the chloroplast trnL/F region as well as an increased sample of species, and the monophyly of both Potentilleae and Sanguisorbeae is well supported. Expand