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Phylogeny and divergence of the pinnipeds (Carnivora: Mammalia) assessed using a multigene dataset
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A dated molecular supertree for all 34 world pinniped species derived from a weighted matrix representation with parsimony (MRP) supertree analysis of 50 gene trees, each determined under a maximum likelihood (ML) framework is presented. Expand
Updating the evolutionary history of Carnivora (Mammalia): a new species-level supertree complete with divergence time estimates
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Together, the two carnivore supertrees remain the only complete phylogenetic estimates for all extant species and the new supertree, like the old one, will form a key tool in helping us to further understand the biology of this charismatic group of carnivores. Expand
A new technique for identifying sequence heterochrony.
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This work describes a new, parsimony-based method, which it is called Parsimov, that greatly increases the utility of the event-pair method for inferring instances of sequence heterochrony. Expand
Correlates of substitution rate variation in mammalian protein-coding sequences
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A substantial proportion of variation in mammalian substitution rates can be explained by aspects of their life history, implying that molecular and life history evolution are closely interlinked in this group. Expand
Analyzing developmental sequences within a phylogenetic framework.
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The method of "event-pair cracking" thereby allows developmental timing data to be analyzed quantitatively within a phylogenetic framework to infer key heterochronic shifts and provides a set of desired features identified by previous authors. Expand
Phylogenetics, evolution, and medical importance of polyomaviruses.
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The phylogenetic analyses are based on all available putative polyomavirus species as well as including all subtypes, subgroups, and (sub)lineages of the human BK and JCpolyomaviruses and reveal that the hypothesis of a strict codivergence of polyomviruses with their respective hosts does not represent a realistic assumption in light of phylogenetic findings presented here. Expand
The diversity and evolution of anuran skin peptides
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The traditional role for AMPs as being purely antimicrobial into question is called into question and an alternative scenario is proposed to assist neuroactive peptides in their antipredator role through their cytolytic action increasing the delivery of the latter to the endocrine and nervous system of the predator. Expand
A higher-level MRP supertree of placental mammals
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The supertree is the first phylogeny to include all 113 extant families without making a priori assumptions of suprafamilial monophyly, and supports the idea that biogeography has played a crucial role in the evolution of placental mammals. Expand
The genome of Oryctes rhinoceros nudivirus provides novel insight into the evolution of nuclear arthropod-specific large circular double-stranded DNA viruses
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It is concluded that baculoviruses, NVs and the shrimp MBV, the SGHVs and WSSV share the significant number of conserved genetic functions, which may point to a common ancestry of these viruses. Expand
Analyzing evolutionary patterns in amniote embryonic development *
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Clear patterns of heterochrony are identified, which suggest that advanced heart development arose in evolutionary history before endothermy, and can be adapted to analyze other forms of comparative dynamic data, including patterns of developmental gene expression. Expand
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