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Phylogenomics reveals rapid, simultaneous diversification of three major clades of Gondwanan frogs at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary
It is found that ∼88% of living frogs originated from three principal lineages that arose at the end of the Mesozoic, coincident with the Cretaceous–Paleogene mass extinction event that decimated nonavian dinosaurs 66 Mya. Expand
An Ancient Origin for the Enigmatic Flat-Headed Frogs (Bombinatoridae: Barbourula) from the Islands of Southeast Asia
The divergences within Barbourula and between it and Bombina are surprisingly old and represent the oldest estimates for a cladogenetic event resulting in living taxa endemic to Southeast Asian islands. Expand
Biogeography and evolution of body size and life history of African frogs: phylogeny of squeakers (Arthroleptis) and long-fingered frogs (Cardioglossa) estimated from mitochondrial data.
  • D. Blackburn
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Molecular phylogenetics and evolution
  • 1 December 2008
This phylogeny provides a framework for reconstructing historical biogeography and analyzing the evolution of body size and life history by estimating the phylogeny within the frog genera Arthroleptis and Cardioglossa using mtDNA sequence data from half of the described species. Expand
A new species of Cardioglossa (Amphibia: Anura: Arthroleptidae) endemic to Mount Manengouba in the Republic of Cameroon, with an analysis of morphological diversity in the genus
The description of this new species further emphasizes Mt Manengouba as a centre of anuran endemism within the Cameroonian mountains and reaffirms the importance of this ecoregion within sub-Saharan Africa. Expand
Unification of multi-species vertebrate anatomy ontologies for comparative biology in Uberon
The newly broadened Uberon ontology is a unified cross-taxon resource for metazoans (animals) that has been substantially expanded to include a broad diversity of vertebrate anatomical structures, permitting reasoning across anatomical variation in extinct and extant taxa. Expand
Evaluating mechanisms of diversification in a Guineo‐Congolian tropical forest frog using demographic model selection
A majority of population divergences are best explained by allopatric models consistent with the forest refugia hypothesis and involve divergence in isolation with subsequent expansion and gene flow in the Gaboon forest frog, Scotobleps gabonicus. Expand
Evolutionary Processes of Diversification in a Model Island Archipelago
An ongoing renaissance of species discovery is characterized and how a 25-year Pleistocene island connectivity paradigm continues to provide some explanatory power, but has been augmented by increased understanding of the archipelago's geological history and ecological gradients is described. Expand
Pax6 regulation of Math5 during mouse retinal neurogenesis
It is shown that the Math5 retinal enhancer also requires Pax6 for its activation, via Pax6 binding to a highly conserved binding site, and that other retinal factors are required for accurate regulation of Math5 by Pax6. Expand
Dispersal to or from an African biodiversity hotspot?
Latitudinal expansion occurred early in the evolutionary history of A. xenodactyloides, which may indicate that physiological adaptation facilitated its wide geographic distribution, and is compared with contrasting hypotheses of latitudinal range expansion using bayes factors. Expand
Finding Our Way through Phenotypes
Imagine if we could compute across phenotype data as easily as genomic data; this article calls for efforts to realize this vision and discusses the potential benefits.