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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
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
A Molecular Phylogeny for Bats Illuminates Biogeography and the Fossil Record
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The results support the hypothesis that megabats are nested among four major microbat lineages, which originated in the early Eocene, coincident with a significant global rise in temperature, increase in plant diversity and abundance, and the zenith of Tertiary insect diversity. Expand
The evolution of echolocation in bats.
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The extensive adaptive radiation in echolocation call design is shaped largely by ecology, showing how perceptual challenges imposed by the environment can often override phylogenetic constraints. Expand
Molecular evidence regarding the origin of echolocation and flight in bats
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A phylogenetic analysis of bat relationships using DNA sequence data from four nuclear genes and three mitochondrial genes indicates that microbat families in the superfamily Rhinolophoidea are more closely related to megabats than they are to other microbats, which implies that echolocation systems either evolved independently in rhinlophoids and otherMicrobat monophyly is uncorroborated by molecular data. Expand
Microbat paraphyly and the convergent evolution of a key innovation in Old World rhinolophoid microbats
Molecular phylogenies challenge the view that bats belong to the superordinal group Archonta, which also includes primates, tree shrews, and flying lemurs. Some molecular studies also challengeExpand
Ecological adaptation determines functional mammalian olfactory subgenomes.
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Functional OR gene repertoires were reduced independently in the multiple origins of aquatic mammals and were significantly divergent in bats, rejecting recent neutralist views of olfactory subgenome evolution and correlate specific OR gene families with physiological requirements. Expand
Pan-European Distribution of White-Nose Syndrome Fungus (Geomyces destructans) Not Associated with Mass Mortality
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The characterisation of the temporal variation in G. destructans growth on bats provides reference data for studying the spatio-temporal dynamic of the fungus, and the presence of G. destructionans spores on cave walls suggests that hibernacula could act as passive vectors and/or reservoirs for G.destructans and therefore, might play an important role in the transmission process. Expand
Broad Host Range of SARS-CoV-2 Predicted by Comparative and Structural Analysis of ACE2 in Vertebrates
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A protein structural analysis was employed to qualitatively assess whether amino acid changes at variable residues would be likely to disrupt ACE2/SARS-CoV-2 binding, and found the number of predicted unfavorable changes significantly correlated with the binding score. Expand
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