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Basal Clades and Molecular Systematics of Heteromyid Rodents
This study relies on DNA sequence information from 3 relatively slowly evolving mitochondrial genes, cytochrome c oxidase subunit I, 12S, and 16S, to examine basal patterns of phylogenesis in the Heteromyidae and presents a formal taxonomy of Heteromys wherein Liomys is placed in synonymy.
Pair of lice lost or parasites regained: the evolutionary history of anthropoid primate lice
The shared coevolutionary history of the anthropoid primates and their lice contains a mixture of evolutionary events including cospeciation, parasite duplication, parasite extinction, and host switching.
What's in a name: the taxonomic status of human head and body lice.
Evolutionary history of mammalian sucking lice (Phthiraptera: Anoplura)
- J. Light, V. Smith, Julie M. Allen, L. Durden, D. Reed
- BiologyBMC Evolutionary Biology
- 22 September 2010
This study represents the first phylogenetic hypothesis of sucking louse relationships using molecular data and it finds significant conflict between phylogenies constructed using molecular and morphological data.
Phylogeny of the leech family Glossiphoniidae based on mitochondrial gene sequences and morphological data.
The phylogenetic relationships of the Glossiphoniidae (Rhynchobdellida) were investigated using morphological characters and the mitochondrial genes cytochrome c oxidase sub unit I and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide dehydrogenase subunit 1 to provide insights into several problematic genus-level classifications.
Codivergence in heteromyid rodents (Rodentia: heteromyidae) and their sucking lice of the genus Fahrenholzia (Phthiraptera: anoplura).
It is recommended that future studies of codivergence include temporal comparisons and, when possible, use the same molecular marker(s) in hosts and parasites to achieve the greatest insight into the history of the host-parasite relationship.
Cophylogeny on a Fine Scale: Geomydoecus Chewing Lice and Their Pocket Gopher Hosts, Pappogeomys bulleri
- J. W. Demastes, T. Spradling, M. Hafner, Gretchen R Spies, D. Hafner, J. Light
- BiologyThe Journal of parasitology
- 23 April 2012
This study found that 1 louse species may not be a valid species, that subspecies within G. bulleri are not reciprocally monophyletic, and that morphological and genetic evidence support recognition of a new species of louse, Geomydoecus pricei.
Origin of Clothing Lice Indicates Early Clothing Use by Anatomically Modern Humans in Africa
- Melissa A. Toups, A. Kitchen, J. Light, D. Reed
- Economics, BiologyMolecular biology and evolution
- 7 September 2010
This analysis suggests that the use of clothing likely originated with anatomically modern humans in Africa and reinforces a broad trend of modern human developments in Africa during the Middle to Late Pleistocene.
Molecular identification of lice from pre-Columbian mummies.
The findings of this study show that several phylotypes of head lice have coexisted for centuries in humans and support the claim that type A lice were present in the Americas before the time of Columbus.
River barriers and cryptic biodiversity in an evolutionary museum
Strong genetic variation in birds and their lice within a small part of the Congo Basin forest indicates that the authors may have grossly underestimated diversity in the Afrotropics, making these forests home of substantial biodiversity in need of conservation.