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Decline of a biome: evolution, contraction, fragmentation, extinction and invasion of the Australian mesic zone biota
The aims are to review and refine key hypotheses derived from palaeoclimatic data and the fossil record that are critical to understanding the evolution of the Australian mesic biota and examine predictions arising from these hypotheses using available molecular phylogenetic and phylogeographical data.
Phylogeny and biogeography of African Murinae based on mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequences, with a new tribal classification of the subfamily
- É. Lecompte, K. Aplin, C. Denys, F. Catzeflis, Marion Chades, P. Chevret
- BiologyBMC Evolutionary Biology
- 10 July 2008
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.
Field methods for rodent studies in Asia and the Indo-Pacific
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.
Temporal, spatial, and ecological modes of evolution of Eurasian Mus based on mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequences.
Recent and rapid speciation with limited morphological disparity in the genus Rattus.
- K. Rowe, K. Aplin, P. Baverstock, C. Moritz
- Biology, Environmental ScienceSystematic biology
- 1 March 2011
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.
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.
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. Bismarck…
Impacts of rodent outbreaks on food security in Asia
Since 2007, a spate of rodent outbreaks has led to severe food shortages in Asia, affecting highly vulnerable and food-insecure families. Little has been documented about wildlife-management issues…
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.