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Phylogeography of Balkan wall lizard (Podarcis taurica) and its relatives inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences
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The data analysed stress the need for a reconsideration of the evolutionary history of Greek Podarcis species and help overcome difficulties that classical taxonomy has encountered at both the species level. Expand
Mitochondrial phylogeography of Rana (Pelophylax) populations in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
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The obtained molecular data clearly indicate that Western Palearctic water frogs underwent a basal radiation into at least 3 major lineages (the perezi, the lessonae, and the rindibunda/bedriagae lineages) advocating an upper Miocene speciation. Expand
Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the wall-lizard Podarcis erhardii (Squamata: Lacertidae).
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The DNA based biogeographical and phylogenetic history of Podarcis in Southern Greece is congruent with available paleogeographic data of the region, which supports the view that DNA sequences may be a useful tool for the study of palaeogeography. Expand
Molecular phylogeny of three Mesalina (Reptilia: Lacertidae) species (M. guttulata, M. brevirostris and M. bahaeldini) from North Africa and the Middle East: another case of paraphyly?
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The hypothesis is that what has hitherto been considered as intraspecific variation, actually reflects species-level variation, and the present distribution of M. guttulata was the result of several dispersal and vicariant events, which are associated with historical changes of late Miocene and Pliocene period. Expand
Phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary history of snake-eyed skink Ablepharus kitaibelii (Sauria: Scincidae).
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The partition-homogeneity tests indicated that the combined data set was homogeneous, and maximum-parsimony, maximum-likelihood, and Bayesian analyses produced topologically identical trees that revealed a well-resolved phylogeny of A. kitaibelii. Expand
Phylogenetic relationships and biogeography of Podarcis species from the Balkan Peninsula, by bayesian and maximum likelihood analyses of mitochondrial DNA sequences.
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The results stress the need for a reconsideration of the evolutionary history of Balkan Podarcis species and help overcome difficulties that classical taxonomy has encountered at both the species and subspecies level. Expand
A review of phylogeographic analyses of animal taxa from the Aegean and surrounding regions
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A critical review of more than 100 phylogeographic articles on 76 animal genera for Greece leads to the recognition of three types of distribution patterns: old ‘colonizers’ diversified in the Aegean before the formation of the mid-Aegean Trench, as well as new colonizers that inhabited the region in the Pleistocene or even the Holocene. Expand
Molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of the Greek populations of the genus Orthometopon (Isopoda, Oniscidea) based on mitochondrial DNA sequences
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The distinct geographical distribution of the major clades of the phylogenetic tree and its topology suggest a spatial and temporal sequence of phylogenetic separations, which coincide with some major palaeogeographical separations during the geological history of the Aegean Sea. Expand
Historical DNA analysis reveals living descendants of an extinct species of Galápagos tortoise
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It is shown that the genetic line of G. elephantopus has not been completely extinguished and still exists in an intermixed population on Isabela, which may help reestablish a species that was thought to have gone extinct more than a century ago and illustrates the power of long-term genetic analysis and the critical role of museum specimens in conservation biology. Expand
Comparative phylogeography of six herpetofauna species in Cyprus: late Miocene to Pleistocene colonization routes
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A reconstruction of the evolutionary history of six herptiles in Cyprus shows that the colonization history of those species in Cyprus started in the late Miocene and extended into the Pliocene and Pleistocene, with geodispersal, transmarine dispersal, and human-mediated dispersal having their share in shaping the diversification of Cypriote herptile. Expand
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