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Resolution of the Early Placental Mammal Radiation Using Bayesian Phylogenetics
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Crown-group Eutheria may have their most recent common ancestry in the Southern Hemisphere (Gondwana), and placental phylogeny is investigated using Bayesian and maximum-likelihood methods and a 16.4-kilobase molecular data set. Expand
Parallel adaptive radiations in two major clades of placental mammals
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Two independent molecular data sets, having aligned lengths of DNA of 5,708 and 2,947 base pairs, respectively, are analysed for all orders of placental mammals to resolve placental orders into four groups: Xenarthra, Afrotheria, Laurasiatheria, and Euarchonta plus Glires. Expand
A Molecular Phylogeny for Bats Illuminates Biogeography and the Fossil Record
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The results support the hypothesis that megabats are nested among four major microbat lineages, which originated in the early Eocene, coincident with a significant global rise in temperature, increase in plant diversity and abundance, and the zenith of Tertiary insect diversity. Expand
Analyses of pig genomes provide insight into porcine demography and evolution
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The assembly and analysis of the genome sequence of a female domestic Duroc pig and a comparison with the genomes of wild and domestic pigs from Europe and Asia reveal a deep phylogenetic split between European and Asian wild boars ∼1 million years ago. Expand
Molecular evidence for multiple origins of Insectivora and for a new order of endemic African insectivore mammals.
The traditional views regarding the mammalian order Insectivora are that the group descended from a single common ancestor and that it is comprised of the following families: Soricidae (shrews),Expand
Molecules consolidate the placental mammal tree.
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The emerging tree has revealed numerous instances of convergent evolution and suggests a role for plate tectonics in the early evolutionary history of placental mammals. Expand
Asynchronous colonization of Madagascar by the four endemic clades of primates, tenrecs, carnivores, and rodents as inferred from nuclear genes.
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A simultaneous reconstruction of phylogeny and age of the four radiations based on a 3.5-kb data set from three nuclear genes supports each as a monophyletic clade, sister to African taxa, and thereby identifies four events of colonization out of Africa. Expand
Microbat paraphyly and the convergent evolution of a key innovation in Old World rhinolophoid microbats
Molecular phylogenies challenge the view that bats belong to the superordinal group Archonta, which also includes primates, tree shrews, and flying lemurs. Some molecular studies also challengeExpand
Rodent phylogeny and a timescale for the evolution of Glires: evidence from an extensive taxon sampling using three nuclear genes.
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Molecular datings based on three nuclear genes suggest that the rodent radiation took place at the transition between Paleocene and Eocene, and the association of Rodentia with Lagomorpha (the Glires clade), and a Glires + Euarchonta (Primates, Dermoptera, and Scandentia) clade is supported. Expand
Molecular phylogeny of living xenarthrans and the impact of character and taxon sampling on the placental tree rooting.
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Maximum likelihood and Bayesian phylogenetic analyses of a 47 placental taxa data set resolved the phylogeny of Xenarthra with some evidence for two radiation events in armadillos and provided a strongly supported picture of placental interordinal relationships. Expand
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