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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.
The impact of roads on birds: Does song frequency play a role in determining susceptibility to noise pollution?
- F. Rheindt
- Biology, GeographyJournal für Ornithologie
- 1 July 2003
Traffic noise is known to have a negative impact on bird populations in general, but little is known about the mechanisms by which sound pollution affects bird communities. However, a knowledge of…
Genetic Introgression: An Integral but Neglected Component of Speciation in Birds
There has been a tremendous increase in introgressionrelated avian research since a comprehensive overview of the introgressive complex between the Blue-winged Warbler and the Golden-winging Warbler appeared in The Auk five years ago, and the current understanding of locus-specific differences in Introgression dynamics and its directionality is summarized.
Speciation dynamics in the Australo-Papuan Meliphaga honeyeaters.
Genomic evidence reveals a radiation of placental mammals uninterrupted by the KPg boundary
- Liang Liu, Jin Zhang, Shaoyuan Wu
- Environmental Science, BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 14 August 2017
It is demonstrated that reconciliation between molecular and paleontological estimates of placental divergence times can be achieved using the appropriate clock model and gene partitioning scheme while accounting for the degree to which individual genes violate molecular clock assumptions.
Rapidly evolving traits and the comparative method: how important is testing for phylogenetic signal?
It is shown that the bird song parameters investigated are not correlated to their phylogenetic history, indicating that certain aspects of bird song can be subject to rates of evolution that are much more rapid than speciation events.
Extremely high mating frequency in the Florida harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex badius)
- F. Rheindt, J. Gadau, C. Strehl, B. Hölldobler
- BiologyBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
- 18 June 2004
It is now clear that all major sub-clades of Pogonomyrmex sensu stricto exhibit high levels of polyandry, and multiple mating must have arisen early in the evolution of the genus, and may have constituted a mechanism to increase offspring variability for queens that were confronted with increasingly complex levels of organization.
Plumage patterns are good indicators of taxonomic diversity, but not of phylogenetic affinities, in Australian grasswrens Amytornis (Aves: Maluridae).
Introgression and phenotypic assimilation in Zimmerius flycatchers (Tyrannidae): population genetic and phylogenetic inferences from genome-wide SNPs.
Introgression of key alleles may have led to phenotypic assimilation in the plumage of mosaic birds, suggesting that selection may have been a key factor facilitating introgression.
Combined impacts of deforestation and wildlife trade on tropical biodiversity are severely underestimated
- W. Symes, D. Edwards, J. Miettinen, F. Rheindt, Luis Roman Carrasco
- Environmental ScienceNature Communications
- 3 October 2018
The authors parse the relative contributions of deforestation and trapping to declines of native birds in Southeast Asia, finding that the extinction risk of trapped species may be underestimated.