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A comparative analysis of clinging ability among pad‐bearing lizards
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The results indicate that although pad area is a strong determinant of clinging ability, other factors enable these lizards to maintain functional similarity, and despite the tight correlation between pad area and clingingAbility, pad area scales with body mass by a lower slope than clinging ability. Expand
The conservation status of the world's reptiles
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The results provide the first analysis of the global conservation status and distribution patterns of reptiles and the threats affecting them, highlighting conservation priorities and knowledge gaps which need to be addressed urgently to ensure the continued survival of the world’s reptiles. Expand
Molecular systematics of primary reptilian lineages and the tuatara mitochondrial genome.
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P phylogenetic analyses for primary Reptilia lineages including, for the first time, Sphenodon punctatus (tuatara) using data from whole mitochondrial genomes support monophyly of Archosauria, and a sister relationship between turtles and archosaurs. Expand
C-mos, a nuclear marker useful for squamate phylogenetic analysis.
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Partial sequences of c-mos were obtained from 13 squamate reptile families and outgroup representatives from the orders Rhynchocephalia, Chelonia, and Crocodylia and reveal a high degree of phylogenetic information contained within the sequence for both the synonymous and nonsynonymous substitutions. Expand
Comparative mitochondrial genomics of snakes: extraordinary substitution rate dynamics and functionality of the duplicate control region
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The among-lineage and among-gene variation in rate dynamics observed in snakes is the most extreme thus far observed in animal genomes, and provides an important study system for further evaluating the biochemical and physiological basis of evolutionary pressures in vertebrate mitochondria. Expand
Ecological Guild Evolution and the Discovery of the World's Smallest Vertebrate
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Two new species of diminutive terrestrial frogs from the megadiverse hotspot island of New Guinea are described, one of which represents the smallest known vertebrate species, attaining an average body size of only 7.7 mm, suggesting that minute frogs are not mere oddities, but represent a previously unrecognized ecological guild. Expand
The polyphyly of Plasmodium: comprehensive phylogenetic analyses of the malaria parasites (order Haemosporida) reveal widespread taxonomic conflict
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The most comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of the malaria parasites conducted to date is presented, finding that Plasmodium, the malaria parasite genus that includes the species of human medical concern, is polyphyletic with the life-history traits characteristic of this genus having evolved in a dynamic manner across the phylogeny. Expand
Sauria SINEs: Novel Short Interspersed Retroposable Elements That Are Widespread in Reptile Genomes
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It is proposed that all Sauria SINEs utilize the enzymatic machinery of Bov-B LINEs for their own retrotransposition, suggesting that these LINEs have been an active partner of SauriaSINEs since this SINE family was generated more than 200 million years ago. Expand
Molecular phylogeny of the scincid lizards of New Caledonia and adjacent areas: evidence for a single origin of the endemic skinks of Tasmantis.
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The hypothesis that skinks colonized Tasmantis by over-water dispersal initially to New Caledonia, then to Lord Howe Island, and finally to New Zealand is supported, and the lineage is 35.4-40.74 million years old. Expand
Molecular Phylogeny and Historical Biogeography of Pacific Island Boas (Candoia)
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Estimates of the phylogenetic relationships and genetic distances between Candoia and the Old World (Sanzinia) and New World boids (Boa, Corallus, and Epicrates) suggest that a recent dispersal event from the Americas is not responsible forcandoia's Papuan distribution. Expand
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