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Size and shape in ontogeny and phylogeny
We present a quantitative method for describing how heterochronic changes in ontogeny relate to phyletic trends. This is a step towards creating a unified view of developmental biology and evolu-Expand
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Amphibian Declines: Judging Stability, Persistence, and Susceptibility of Populations to Local and Global Extinctions
Extinctions are normal biological phenomena Both mass extinctions in geological time and local extinc- tions in ecological time are well documented, but rates of extinction have increased inExpand
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Phylogeny and biogeography of the family Salamandridae (Amphibia: Caudata) inferred from complete mitochondrial genomes.
Phylogenetic relationships of members of the salamander family Salamandridae were examined using complete mitochondrial genomes collected from 42 species representing all 20 salamandrid genera andExpand
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Miniaturization of Body Size: Organismal Consequences and Evolutionary Significance
Miniaturization, or the evolution of extremely small adult body size, is a widespread phenomenon in animals. It has important consequences for both organismal biology and phyletic diversificationExpand
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Morphological homoplasy, life history evolution, and historical biogeography of plethodontid salamanders inferred from complete mitochondrial genomes.
The evolutionary history of the largest salamander family (Plethodontidae) is characterized by extreme morphological homoplasy. Analysis of the mechanisms generating such homoplasy requires anExpand
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Coincident mass extirpation of neotropical amphibians with the emergence of the infectious fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
Amphibians highlight the global biodiversity crisis because ∼40% of all amphibian species are currently in decline. Species have disappeared even in protected habitats (e.g., the enigmatic extinctionExpand
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Rapid diversification and dispersal during periods of global warming by plethodontid salamanders
A phylogeny and timescale derived from analyses of multilocus nuclear DNA sequences for Holarctic genera of plethodontid salamanders reveal them to be an old radiation whose common ancestor divergedExpand
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Efficient sequencing of Anuran mtDNAs and a mitogenomic exploration of the phylogeny and evolution of frogs.
Anura (frogs and toads) constitute over 88% of living amphibian diversity but many important questions about their phylogeny and evolution remain unresolved. For this study, we developed an efficientExpand
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Phylogeny, evolution, and biogeography of Asiatic Salamanders (Hynobiidae).
  • P. Zhang, Y. Chen, +5 authors L. Qu
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 9 May 2006
We sequenced 15 complete mitochondrial genomes and performed comprehensive molecular phylogenetic analyses to study the origin and phylogeny of the Hynobiidae, an ancient lineage of livingExpand
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