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Phylogeny and biogeography of African Murinae based on mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequences, with a new tribal classification of the subfamily
The authors' molecular survey of Murinae indicates that there were at least four separate radiations within the African region, as well as several phases of dispersal between Asia and Africa during the last 12 My. Expand
Decline of a biome: Evolution, contraction, fragmentation, extinction and invasion of the Australian mesic zone biota
A review confirms long-held views of the ancestral position of the Australian mesic biome but also reveals new insights into the complexity of the processes of contraction, fragmentation, extinction and invasion during the evolution of this biome. Expand
Multiple Geographic Origins of Commensalism and Complex Dispersal History of Black Rats
Three of the four phylogenetic lineage units within R. rattus show clear genetic signatures of major population expansion in prehistoric times, and the distribution of particular haplogroups mirrors archaeologically and historically documented patterns of human dispersal and trade. Expand
Recent and rapid speciation with limited morphological disparity in the genus Rattus.
Lineage through time plots and ancestral state reconstruction of ecological characters suggest that diversification of Sahulian Rattus was most rapid early on as they expanded into novel ecological conditions, however, rapid lineage accumulation occurred even when morphological disparity within lineages was low suggesting that future studies consider other phenotypes in the diversifying of Rattus. Expand
Temporal, spatial, and ecological modes of evolution of Eurasian Mus based on mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequences.
Phylogenetic analysis of the newly and previously available sequences support recognition of four subgenera within Mus, with an unresolved basal polytomy, and indicates that the subgenus Mus contains three distinct 'species groups'. Expand
Evolutionary and dispersal history of Eurasian house mice Mus musculus clarified by more extensive geographic sampling of mitochondrial DNA
The results confirm previous suggestions of Southwestern Asia as the likely place of origin of M. musculus and the region of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern India, specifically as the ancestral homeland of CAS. Expand
Molecular Genetic Evidence for the Place of Origin of the Pacific Rat, Rattus exulans
It is found that ISEA populations of R. exulans contain the highest mtDNA lineage diversity including significant haplotype diversity not represented elsewhere in the species range. Expand
A Review of Peroryctes broadbenti, the Giant Bandicoot of Papua New Guinea
A striking degree of sexual dimorphism is documented in both body size and dentition for P. broadbenti; these comparisons are set in context by a review of sexualDimorphism among bandicoots in general. Expand
New Direction In Human Colonisation of The Pacific: Lapita Settlement of South Coast New Guinea
Abstract Expansion of Austronesianspeaking peoples from the Bismarck Archipelago out into the Pacific commencing c.3300 cal BP represents the last great chapter of human global colonisation. BismarckExpand