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Nymphalid butterflies diversify following near demise at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary
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By dating the branching events, it is inferred that Nymphalidae originated in the Cretaceous at 90 Ma, but that the ancestors of 10–12 lineages survived the end-Cretaceous catastrophe in the Neotropical and Oriental regions. Expand
Comprehensive gene and taxon coverage elucidates radiation patterns in moths and butterflies
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A rigorous and comprehensive analysis of lepidopteran affinities found Ditrysia to be a monophyletic taxon with the clade Tischerioidea + Palaephatoidea being the sister group of it and Butterflies were found to be more closely related to ‘microlepidopterans’ groups of moths rather than the clades Macrolepidoptera, where they have traditionally been placed. Expand
Complete Mitochondrial Genomes of Ancient Canids Suggest a European Origin of Domestic Dogs
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The findings imply that domestic dogs are the culmination of a process that initiated with European hunter-gatherers and the canids with whom they interacted, and molecular dating suggests an onset of domestication there 18,800 to 32,100 years ago. Expand
A new molecular phylogeny offers hope for a stable family level classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera)
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A new molecular phylogeny offers hope for a stable family level classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera) for the first time in more than a century. Expand
Cretaceous origin and repeated tertiary diversification of the redefined butterflies
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The results suggest that the butterflies, as traditionally understood, are paraphyletic, with Papilionidae being the sister-group to Hesperioidea, Hedyloidea and all other butterflies, and the families in the current three superfamilies should be placed in a single superfamily PapilionoideA. Expand
Genomic outposts serve the phylogenomic pioneers: designing novel nuclear markers for genomic DNA extractions of lepidoptera.
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A genomic approach to finding new protein-coding genes for systematics in nonmodel taxa, which can be PCR amplified from standard, slightly degraded genomic DNA extracts is described. Expand
Dynamic populations in a dynamic landscape: the metapopulation structure of the marsh fritillary butterfly
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It is discovered that the continued presence of the semi-permanent meadows is essential for the survival of the species in the study area in southeast Finland, where the species has declined drastically in the past decades. Expand
Phylogeny, classification and evolutionary insights into pestiviruses.
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A new proposal is presented for the classification of pestiviruses into nine species: BVDV-1, BVDv-2, BVP-3 (atypical bovine pestivirus), Pestivirus of giraffe, Tunisian sheep virus (TSV; previously termed "Tunisian isolates"), Antelope and Bungowannah. Expand
Phylogeny of the Rhizobium-Allorhizobium-Agrobacterium clade supports the delineation of Neorhizobium gen. nov.
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A phylogenetic study showed that the taxonomic status of several taxa could be resolved by the creation of more novel genera, and indicated that the name Neorhizobium is proposed for a new genus. Expand
Diversity begets diversity: host expansions and the diversification of plant-feeding insects
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It is concluded that resource diversity is correlated with species richness in the Nymphalidae and suggested a scenario based on recurring oscillations between host expansions – the incorporation of new plants into the repertoire – and specialization, as an important driving force behind the diversification of plant-feeding insects. Expand
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