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Can three incongruence tests predict when data should be combined?
  • C. Cunningham
  • Biology, Medicine
    Molecular biology and evolution
  • 1 July 1997
TLDR
All three tests identified cases in which improving the reconstruction model would improve the phylogenetic accuracy of the individual partitions, and the most useful was the incongruence length difference test (ILD), also called the partition homogeneity test.
Arthropod relationships revealed by phylogenomic analysis of nuclear protein-coding sequences
TLDR
This work presents strongly supported results from likelihood, Bayesian and parsimony analyses of over 41 kilobases of aligned DNA sequence from 62 single-copy nuclear protein-coding genes from 75 arthropod species, providing a statistically well-supported phylogenetic framework for the largest animal phylum.
PHYLOGEOGRAPHY AND HISTORICAL ECOLOGY OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC INTERTIDAL
TLDR
The patterns of persistence in North America indicate that other life-history traits, including mechanisms of dispersal, may be more important for surviving dramatic environmental and climatic change.
Evolution of king crabs from hermit crab ancestors
TLDR
It is estimated that loss of the shell-living habit and the complete carcinization of king crabs has taken up to 25 million years, and molecular evidence is presented that king crabs are not only descended from hermit crabs, but are nested within the hermit crab genus Pagurus.
Is congruence between data partitions a reliable predictor of phylogenetic accuracy? Empirically testing an iterative procedure for choosing among phylogenetic methods.
  • C. Cunningham
  • Mathematics, Medicine
    Systematic biology
  • 1 September 1997
TLDR
The relationship between phylogenetic accuracy and congruence between data partitions collected from the same taxa was explored for mitochondrial DNA sequences from two well-supported vertebrate phylogenies and six-parameter parsimony methods show a consistently positive relationship between congruency and accuracy.
Class-level relationships in the phylum Cnidaria: molecular and morphological evidence.
TLDR
Analysis of class-level relationships based on 18S ribosomal DNA sequences, mitochondrial 16S rDNA sequence, mitochondrial genome structure, and morphological characters unifies the classes possessing a medusa stage, leaving the holobenthic Anthozoa basal within the phylum.
Resolving arthropod phylogeny: exploring phylogenetic signal within 41 kb of protein-coding nuclear gene sequence.
TLDR
This study attempts to resolve relationships among and within the four basal arthropod lineages and to assess the widespread expectation that remaining phylogenetic problems will yield to increasing amounts of sequence data.
DIVERSITY IN THE WEAPONS OF SEXUAL SELECTION: HORN EVOLUTION IN THE BEETLE GENUS ONTHOPHAGUS (COLEOPTERA: SCARABAEIDAE)
TLDR
This work uses partial sequences from four nuclear and three mitochondrial genes to develop a phylogenetic hypothesis for a worldwide sample of 48 species from the dung beetle genus Onthophagus and characterize the evolutionary radiation of beetle horns.
INVITED REVIEW: Local adaptation and species segregation in two mussel (Mytilus edulis × Mytilus trossulus) hybrid zones
TLDR
It is suggested that these conflicting patterns of species segregation are, in part, caused by local adaptation of Scandinavian M. trossulus to the extremely low salinity Baltic Sea environment.
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