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Divergence date estimation and a comprehensive molecular tree of extant cetaceans.
Cetaceans are remarkable among mammals for their numerous adaptations to an entirely aquatic existence, yet many aspects of their phylogeny remain unresolved. Here we merged 37 new sequences from theExpand
Morphological and molecular evidence for a stepwise evolutionary transition from teeth to baleen in mysticete whales.
The origin of baleen in mysticete whales represents a major transition in the phylogenetic history of Cetacea. This key specialization, a keratinous sieve that enables filter-feeding, permittedExpand
A supermatrix analysis of genomic, morphological, and paleontological data from crown Cetacea
BackgroundCetacea (dolphins, porpoises, and whales) is a clade of aquatic species that includes the most massive, deepest diving, and largest brained mammals. Understanding the temporal pattern ofExpand
A phylogenetic blueprint for a modern whale.
The emergence of Cetacea in the Paleogene represents one of the most profound macroevolutionary transitions within Mammalia. The move from a terrestrial habitat to a committed aquatic lifestyleExpand
Comparative analysis of encephalization in mammals reveals relaxed constraints on anthropoid primate and cetacean brain scaling
There is a well‐established allometric relationship between brain and body mass in mammals. Deviation of relatively increased brain size from this pattern appears to coincide with enhanced cognitiveExpand
Relaxed clocks and inferences of heterogeneous patterns of nucleotide substitution and divergence time estimates across whales and dolphins (Mammalia: Cetacea).
Various nucleotide substitution models have been developed to accommodate among lineage rate heterogeneity, thereby relaxing the assumptions of the strict molecular clock. Recently developedExpand
The Taxonomic and Evolutionary History of Fossil and Modern Balaenopteroid Mysticetes
Balaenopteroids (Balaenopteridae + Eschrichtiidae) are a diverse lineage of living mysticetes, with seven to ten species divided between three genera (Megaptera, Balaenoptera and Eschrichtius).Expand
Timing and Tempo of Early and Successive Adaptive Radiations in Macaronesia
The flora of Macaronesia, which encompasses five Atlantic archipelagos (Azores, Canaries, Madeira, Cape Verde, and Salvage), is exceptionally rich and diverse. Spectacular radiation of numerousExpand
Toward the resolution of an explosive radiation--a multilocus phylogeny of oceanic dolphins (Delphinidae).
  • M. McGowen
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Molecular phylogenetics and evolution
  • 1 September 2011
Oceanic dolphins (Delphinidae) are the product of a rapid radiation that yielded ∼36 extant species of small to medium-sized cetaceans that first emerged in the Late Miocene. Although they are aExpand
Dolphin genome provides evidence for adaptive evolution of nervous system genes and a molecular rate slowdown
Cetaceans (dolphins and whales) have undergone a radical transformation from the original mammalian bodyplan. In addition, some cetaceans have evolved large brains and complex cognitive capacities.Expand