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A genomic timescale of prokaryote evolution: insights into the origin of methanogenesis, phototrophy, and the colonization of land
BackgroundThe timescale of prokaryote evolution has been difficult to reconstruct because of a limited fossil record and complexities associated with molecular clocks and deep divergences. However,Expand
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Estimating divergence times in large molecular phylogenies
Molecular dating of species divergences has become an important means to add a temporal dimension to the Tree of Life. Increasingly larger datasets encompassing greater taxonomic diversity areExpand
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Evolution of modern birds revealed by mitogenomics: timing the radiation and origin of major orders.
Mitochondrial (mt) genes and genomes are among the major sources of data for evolutionary studies in birds. This places mitogenomic studies in birds at the core of intense debates in avianExpand
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A major clade of prokaryotes with ancient adaptations to life on land.
Evolutionary trees of prokaryotes usually define the known classes and phyla but less often agree on the relationships among those groups. This has been attributed to the effects of horizontal geneExpand
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Statistics and truth in phylogenomics.
Phylogenomics refers to the inference of historical relationships among species using genome-scale sequence data and to the use of phylogenetic analysis to infer protein function in multigeneExpand
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Molecular evidence for an Asian origin of monitor lizards followed by Tertiary dispersals to Africa and Australasia
Monitor lizards are emblematic reptiles that are widely distributed in the Old World. Although relatively well studied in vertebrate research, their biogeographic history is still controversial. WeExpand
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Performance of relaxed-clock methods in estimating evolutionary divergence times and their credibility intervals.
The rapid expansion of sequence data and the development of statistical approaches that embrace varying evolutionary rates among lineages have encouraged many more investigators to use DNA andExpand
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Timing the origin of human malarias: the lemur puzzle
BackgroundTiming the origin of human malarias has been a focus of great interest. Previous studies on the mitochondrial genome concluded that Plasmodium in primates, including those parasitic toExpand
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More reliable estimates of divergence times in Pan using complete mtDNA sequences and accounting for population structure
Here, we report the sequencing and analysis of eight complete mitochondrial genomes of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) from each of the three established subspecies (P. t. troglodytes, P. t.Expand
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The Timetree of Prokaryotes: New Insights into Their Evolution and Speciation.
The increasing size of timetrees in recent years has led to a focus on diversification analyses to better understand patterns of macroevolution. Thus far, nearly all studies have been conducted withExpand
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