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THE MAJOR CLADES OF FROGS
The relationships among the major lineages of frogs are summarized and an un- ranked, phylogenetic taxonomy of Anura is proposed. The names of taxa are defined according to phylogenetic principles.Expand
Amazonian Amphibian Diversity Is Primarily Derived from Late Miocene Andean Lineages
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This work reconstructed the biogeography of the poison frog clade (Dendrobatidae) using a novel method of ancestral area reconstruction and relaxed Bayesian clock analyses, and rejected an Amazonian center-of-origin in favor of a complex connectivity model expanding over the Neotropics. Expand
A mitochondrial DNA phylogeny of African clawed frogs: phylogeography and implications for polyploid evolution.
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It is estimated that extant clawed frog lineages originated well after the breakup of Gondwana, about 63.7 million years ago, with a 95% confidence interval, and polyploidization occurred at least six times in clawed frogs. Expand
Phylogeny and biogeography of a cosmopolitan frog radiation: Late cretaceous diversification resulted in continent-scale endemism in the family ranidae.
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A scenario in which the ancestors of several clades reached Eurasia via the Indian subcontinent, and the ancestor of Ceratobatrachinae entered via the Australia-New Guinea plate, best fits the paleogeographic models and requires the fewest number of dispersal/vicariance events. Expand
Novel relationships among hyloid frogs inferred from 12S and 16S mitochondrial DNA sequences.
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Parsimony, maximum likelihood, and Bayesian inference methods suggest that both the Ranoidea and Hyloidea are well-supported monophyletic groups. Expand
Efficient sequencing of Anuran mtDNAs and a mitogenomic exploration of the phylogeny and evolution of frogs.
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An efficient method for sequencing anuran mitochondrial DNAs by amplifying the mitochondrial genome in 12 overlapping fragments using frog-specific universal primer sets is developed and mtDNA performs well for both phylogenetic and divergence time inferences and will provide important reference hypotheses for the phylogeny and evolution of frogs. Expand
Phylogenomics reveals rapid, simultaneous diversification of three major clades of Gondwanan frogs at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary
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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
THE HISTORY OF A NEARCTIC COLONIZATION: MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND BIOGEOGRAPHY OF THE NEARCTIC TOADS (BUFO)
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It is found that the Nearctic species of Bufo are monophyletic and nested within a large clade of New World Bufa to the exclusion of Eurasian and African taxa, suggesting that Nearctic Bufe result from a single colonization from the Neotropics. Expand
GEOLOGICAL AND CLIMATIC FORCES DRIVING SPECIATION IN THE CONTINENTALLY DISTRIBUTED TRILLING CHORUS FROGS (PSEUDACRIS)
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It is found that by reducing gene flow, rivers have the potential to cause divergence of lineages, and populations in areas affected by Quaternary glaciation and aridification have reduced levels of genetic variation compared to those from more equable regions, suggesting recent colonization. Expand
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