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The delayed rise of present-day mammals
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The results show that the phylogenetic ‘fuses’ leading to the explosion of extant placental orders are not only very much longer than suspected previously, but also challenge the hypothesis that the end-Cretaceous mass extinction event had a major, direct influence on the diversification of today’s mammals. Expand
PanTHERIA: a species‐level database of life history, ecology, and geography of extant and recently extinct mammals
Analyses of life-history, ecological, and geographic trait differences among species, their causes, correlates, and likely consequences are increasingly important for understanding and conservingExpand
Building large trees by combining phylogenetic information: a complete phylogeny of the extant Carnivora (Mammalia)
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A complete phylogeny for all 271 extant species of the Garnivora is derived, providing a ‘consensus’ estimate of carnivore phylogeny and showing that some lineages within the Mustelinae and Canidae contain significantly more species than expected for their age, illustrating the tree's utility for studies of macroevolution. Expand
How Many Bootstrap Replicates Are Necessary?
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This paper proposes stopping criteria, that is, thresholds computed at runtime to determine when enough replicates have been generated, and reports on the first large-scale experimental study to assess the effect of the number of replicates on the quality of support values, including the performance of the proposed criteria. Expand
Geographical variation in predictors of mammalian extinction risk: big is bad, but only in the tropics.
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The authors' analyses reveal strong geographical variation in the influence of traits on risk: notably, larger species are at higher risk only in tropical regions, and narrow-ranged and rare species tend to be at high risk in areas of high current human impacts. Expand
Multiple Causes of High Extinction Risk in Large Mammal Species
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The disadvantages of large size are greater than generally recognized, and future loss of large mammal biodiversity could be far more rapid than expected. Expand
How Many Bootstrap Replicates Are Necessary?
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This article proposes stopping criteria--that is, thresholds computed at runtime to determine when enough replicates have been generated--and reports on the first large-scale experimental study to assess the effect of the number of replicates on the quality of support values, including the performance of the proposed criteria. Expand
The Impact of Species Concept on Biodiversity Studies
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To assess the impact of different definitions of species on conservation issues, instances from the literature where a group of organisms was categorized both under phylogenetic and nonphylogenetic concepts are collected. Expand
Phylogenetic Supertrees: Combining Information To Reveal The Tree Of Life
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This book discusses supertree methods for ancestral divergence dates and other applications, cladistics of matrixrepresentation with parsimony analysis, and some desiderata for liberal supertrees. Expand
A complete phylogeny of the whales, dolphins and even‐toed hoofed mammals (Cetartiodactyla)
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The present species‐level tree of the Cetartiodactyla provides the first opportunity to examine comparative hypotheses across entirely aquatic and terrestrial species within a single mammalian order. Expand
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