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Time‐dependent rates of molecular evolution
For over half a century, it has been known that the rate of morphological evolution appears to vary with the time frame of measurement. Rates of microevolutionary change, measured between successiveExpand
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Multiple Geographic Origins of Commensalism and Complex Dispersal History of Black Rats
The Black Rat (Rattus rattus) spread out of Asia to become one of the world's worst agricultural and urban pests, and a reservoir or vector of numerous zoonotic diseases, including the devastatingExpand
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Environmental metabarcodes for insects: in silico PCR reveals potential for taxonomic bias
Studies of insect assemblages are suited to the simultaneous DNA‐based identification of multiple taxa known as metabarcoding. To obtain accurate estimates of diversity, metabarcoding markers ideallyExpand
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Ancient DNA reveals elephant birds and kiwi are sister taxa and clarifies ratite bird evolution
The evolution of the ratite birds has been widely attributed to vicariant speciation, driven by the Cretaceous breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana. The early isolation of Africa and MadagascarExpand
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Ancient mitochondrial DNA provides high-resolution time scale of the peopling of the Americas
Native American population history is reexamined using a large data set of pre-Columbian mitochondrial genomes. The exact timing, route, and process of the initial peopling of the Americas remainsExpand
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Neanderthal behaviour, diet, and disease inferred from ancient DNA in dental calculus
Recent genomic data have revealed multiple interactions between Neanderthals and modern humans, but there is currently little genetic evidence regarding Neanderthal behaviour, diet, or disease. HereExpand
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Rates of Phenotypic and Genomic Evolution during the Cambrian Explosion
The near-simultaneous appearance of most modern animal body plans (phyla) ~530 million years ago during the Cambrian explosion is strong evidence for a brief interval of rapid phenotypic and geneticExpand
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Neolithic mitochondrial haplogroup H genomes and the genetic origins of Europeans.
Haplogroup H dominates present-day Western European mitochondrial DNA variability (>40%), yet was less common (~19%) among Early Neolithic farmers (~5450 BC) and virtually absent in MesolithicExpand
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Pleistocene Chinese cave hyenas and the recent Eurasian history of the spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta
The living hyena species (spotted, brown, striped and aardwolf) are remnants of a formerly diverse group of more than 80 fossil species, which peaked in diversity in the Late Miocene (about 7–8 Ma).Expand
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Aboriginal mitogenomes reveal 50,000 years of regionalism in Australia
Aboriginal Australians represent one of the longest continuous cultural complexes known. Archaeological evidence indicates that Australia and New Guinea were initially settled approximately 50Expand
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