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Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds
A genome-scale phylogenetic analysis of 48 species representing all orders of Neoaves recovered a highly resolved tree that confirms previously controversial sister or close relationships and identifies the first divergence in Neoaves, two groups the authors named Passerea and Columbea.
Fundamentals of molecular evolution
- D. Mindell
- Biology, Chemistry
- 1 November 1991
Primers for a PCR-based approach to mitochondrial genome sequencing in birds and other vertebrates.
- M. Sorenson, J. Ast, D. E. Dimcheff, T. Yuri, D. Mindell
- BiologyMolecular phylogenetics and evolution
- 1 July 1999
A PCR-based approach to sequencing complete mitochondrial genomes is described along with a set of 86 primers designed primarily for avian mitochondrial DNA, which should make available a wider variety of mitochondrial genes for studies based on smaller data sets.
Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation
This work explored bird macroevolution using full genomes from 48 avian species representing all major extant clades to reveal that pan-avian genomic diversity covaries with adaptations to different lifestyles and convergent evolution of traits.
Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere
Evidence that the global ecosystem as a whole is approaching a planetary-scale critical transition as a result of human influence is reviewed, highlighting the need to improve biological forecasting by detecting early warning signs of critical transitions.
MacClade: Analysis of Phylogeny and Character Evolution. Version 3.0 Wayne P. Maddison David R. Maddison
- D. Mindell
- 1 October 1994
Multiple independent origins of mitochondrial gene order in birds.
- D. Mindell, M. Sorenson, D. E. Dimcheff
- BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
- 1 September 1998
It is found that the alternative mitochondrial gene orders distinguish the two primary groups of songbirds (order Passeriformes), oscines and suboscines, in agreement with other molecular as well as morphological data sets.
Phylogeny of eagles, Old World vultures, and other Accipitridae based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA.
Strong mitochondrial DNA support for a Cretaceous origin of modern avian lineages
- Joseph W. Brown, J. Rest, J. García-Moreno, M. Sorenson, D. Mindell
- BiologyBMC Biology
- 28 January 2008
This work fails to reconcile molecular genetic divergence time estimates with dates taken from the fossil record, but finds strong support for an ancient origin of modern bird lineages, with many extant orders and families arising in the mid-Cretaceous, consistent with previous molecular estimates.