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A phylogenomic approach to resolve the arthropod tree of life.
Arthropods were the first animals to conquer land and air. They encompass more than three quarters of all described living species. This extraordinary evolutionary success is based on an astoundinglyExpand
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The brain of the Remipedia (Crustacea) and an alternative hypothesis on their phylogenetic relationships.
Remipedia are rare and ancient mandibulate arthropods inhabiting almost inaccessible submerged cave systems. Their phylogenetic position is still enigmatic and the subject of extremely controversialExpand
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Parametric and non-parametric masking of randomness in sequence alignments can be improved and leads to better resolved trees
BackgroundMethods of alignment masking, which refers to the technique of excluding alignment blocks prior to tree reconstructions, have been successful in improving the signal-to-noise ratio inExpand
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Visualizing differences in phylogenetic information content of alignments and distinction of three classes of long-branch effects
BackgroundPublished molecular phylogenies are usually based on data whose quality has not been explored prior to tree inference. This leads to errors because trees obtained with conventional methodsExpand
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Can comprehensive background knowledge be incorporated into substitution models to improve phylogenetic analyses? A case study on major arthropod relationships
BackgroundWhenever different data sets arrive at conflicting phylogenetic hypotheses, only testable causal explanations of sources of errors in at least one of the data sets allow us to criticallyExpand
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Molecular species identification of Central European ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) using nuclear rDNA expansion segments and DNA barcodes
BackgroundThe identification of vast numbers of unknown organisms using DNA sequences becomes more and more important in ecological and biodiversity studies. In this context, a fragment of theExpand
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Foundations of phylogenetic systematics
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Cryptic speciation in a benthic isopod from Patagonian and Falkland Island waters and the impact of glaciations on its population structure
BackgroundThe Falkland Islands and Patagonia are traditionally assigned to the Magellan Biogeographic Province. Most marine species in Falkland waters are also reported from southern Patagonia. ItExpand
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The taxonomist - an endangered race. A practical proposal for its survival
BackgroundTaxonomy or biological systematics is the basic scientific discipline of biology, postulating hypotheses of identity and relationships, on which all other natural sciences dealing withExpand
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