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Primers for a PCR-based approach to mitochondrial genome sequencing in birds and other vertebrates.
- M. Sorenson, J. Ast, D. E. Dimcheff, T. Yuri, D. Mindell
- BiologyMolecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
- 1 July 1999
A PCR-based approach to sequencing complete mitochondrial genomes is described along with a set of 86 primers designed primarily for avian mitochondrial DNA, which should make available a wider variety of mitochondrial genes for studies based on smaller data sets.
Computation vs. cloning: evaluation of two methods for haplotype determination
The accuracy of haplotypes reconstructed by phase, even when dealing with a relatively small number of samples and numerous variable sites, suggests broad utility of computational approaches for reducing the cost and improving the efficiency of data collection from nuclear sequence loci.
Multiple independent origins of mitochondrial gene order in birds.
- D. Mindell, M. Sorenson, D. E. Dimcheff
- BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
- 1 September 1998
It is found that the alternative mitochondrial gene orders distinguish the two primary groups of songbirds (order Passeriformes), oscines and suboscines, in agreement with other molecular as well as morphological data sets.
Strong mitochondrial DNA support for a Cretaceous origin of modern avian lineages
- Joseph W. Brown, J. Rest, J. García-Moreno, M. Sorenson, D. Mindell
- BiologyBMC Biology
- 28 January 2008
This work fails to reconcile molecular genetic divergence time estimates with dates taken from the fossil record, but finds strong support for an ancient origin of modern bird lineages, with many extant orders and families arising in the mid-Cretaceous, consistent with previous molecular estimates.
Interordinal relationships of birds and other reptiles based on whole mitochondrial genomes.
- D. Mindell, M. Sorenson, D. E. Dimcheff, M. Hasegawa, J. Ast, T. Yuri
- Biology, Environmental ScienceSystematic Biology
- 1 March 1999
Support is found for a sister relationship between turtles and a bird/crocodilian clade, and for rejecting both the Haemothermia hypothesis and the placement of turtles as basal within the phylogenetic tree for amniote animals.
Phylogeny and biogeography of dabbling ducks (genus: Anas): A comparison of molecular and morphological evidence
It is suggested that the high dispersal ability of birds (especially dabbling ducks) has important implications for recovery of branches using molecular systematics and Geographic origin for most internal branches is ambiguous using several reconstruction methods.
Numts : A challenge for avian systematics and population biology
The Golden-winged Warbler is a threatened species in the northcentral United States and bird community dynamics in a temperate deciduous forest: Long-term trends at Hubbard Brook.
Comparing molecular evolution in two mitochondrial protein coding genes (cytochrome b and ND2) in the dabbling ducks (Tribe: Anatini).
Within Anatini, cyt b and ND2 show similar levels of variation and homoplasy, and are equally useful for reconstructing the species level phylogeny of this group.
CHAPTER 8 – Phylogenetic Relationships among and within Select Avian Orders Based on Mitochondrial DNA
mtDNA from fossils reveals a radiation of Hawaiian geese recently derived from the Canada goose (Branta canadensis)
- E. Paxinos, H. James, S. Olson, M. Sorenson, Jennifer Jackson, R. Fleischer
- Environmental Science, BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
- 29 January 2002
Application of a rate calibration to levels of DNA divergence suggests that the giant Hawaii goose evolved on the island of Hawaii in less than 500,000 years, consistent with the potassium/argon-based age of the Island of Hawaii of 430,000–500, thousands of years.