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Molecular phylogenetics and the origins of placental mammals
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The potential weaknesses of limited character and taxon sampling are addressed in a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic analysis of 64 species sampled across all extant orders of placental mammals, providing new insight into the pattern of the early placental mammal radiation. Expand
Resolution of the Early Placental Mammal Radiation Using Bayesian Phylogenetics
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Crown-group Eutheria may have their most recent common ancestry in the Southern Hemisphere (Gondwana), and placental phylogeny is investigated using Bayesian and maximum-likelihood methods and a 16.4-kilobase molecular data set. Expand
Impacts of the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution and KPg Extinction on Mammal Diversification
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Molecular phylogenetic analysis, calibrated with fossils, resolves the time frame of the mammalian radiation and diversification analyses suggest important roles for the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution and KPg mass extinction in opening up ecospace that promoted interordinal and intraordinal diversification, respectively. Expand
Placental mammal diversification and the Cretaceous–Tertiary boundary
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The largest available molecular data set for placental mammals is investigated, which includes segments of 19 nuclear and three mitochondrial genes for representatives of all extant placental orders and permits simultaneous constraints from the fossil record and allows rates of molecular evolution to vary on different branches of a phylogenetic tree. Expand
The Late Miocene Radiation of Modern Felidae: A Genetic Assessment
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The phylogenetic performance of distinct gene classes showed that Y-chromosome segments are appreciably more informative than mitochondrial DNA, X-linked, or autosomal genes in resolving the rapid Felidae species radiation. Expand
Pattern and timing of diversification of the mammalian order Carnivora inferred from multiple nuclear gene sequences.
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This study investigated the phylogenetic relationships among carnivoran families, and performed molecular dating analyses of the inferred nodes, leading to consistent and robust resolution of all supra-familial nodes in the carnivoran tree. Expand
Molecular dating and biogeography of the early placental mammal radiation.
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An integrated genomic, paleontological, and biogeographic hypothesis is proposed to account for these earliest splits on the placental mammal family tree and address current discrepancies between fossil and molecular evidence. Expand
Phylogeography, population history and conservation genetics of jaguars (Panthera onca, Mammalia, Felidae)
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The genetic diversity, population structure and demographic history of jaguars across their geographical range are investigated by analysing 715 base pairs of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region and 29 microsatellite loci in ≈40 individuals sampled from Mexico to southern Brazil. Expand
Phylogeny of the Procyonidae (Mammalia: Carnivora): molecules, morphology and the Great American Interchange.
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The findings, which are in strong disagreement with prior fossil and morphology-based assessments of procyonid relationships, reemphasize the morphological and ecological flexibility of these taxa and suggest convergence associated with similar lifestyles and diets rather than ancestry. Expand
Molecular Genetics and Evolution of Melanism in the Cat Family
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The inferred multiple origins and independent historical elevation in population frequency of felid melanistic mutations suggest the occurrence of adaptive evolution of this visible phenotype in a group of related free-ranging species. Expand
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