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Phylogenomic datasets provide both precision and accuracy in estimating the timescale of placental mammal phylogeny
The fossil record suggests a rapid radiation of placental mammals following the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) mass extinction 65 million years ago (Ma); nevertheless, molecular time estimates, whileExpand
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The Eutherian Mammal Maelestes gobiensis from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia and the phylogeny of cretaceous eutheria
Abstract Maelestes gobiensis Wible et al., 2007, is the second new eutherian mammal to be named from the rich Mongolian Late Cretaceous locality of Ukhaa Tolgod, Ukhaatherium nessovi Novacek et al.,Expand
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Calibrating and constraining molecular clocks
In dating phylogenetic trees, it is important to work to the strengths of paleontology and molecular phylogeny estimation. Minimum constraints on calibrations (i.e., oldest fossils in a crown clade)Expand
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Cretaceous eutherians and Laurasian origin for placental mammals near the K/T boundary
Estimates of the time of origin for placental mammals from DNA studies span nearly the duration of the Cretaceous period (145 to 65 million years ago), with a maximum of 129 million years ago and aExpand
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Stem Lagomorpha and the Antiquity of Glires
We describe several fossils referable to Gomphos elkema from deposits close to the Paleocene-Eocene boundary at Tsagan Khushu, Mongolia. Gomphos shares a suite of cranioskeletal characters withExpand
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Relationships of Endemic African Mammals and Their Fossil Relatives Based on Morphological and Molecular Evidence
Analyses of anatomical and DNA sequence data run on a parallel supercomputer that include fossil taxa support the inclusion of tenrecs and golden moles in the Afrotheria, an endemic African clade ofExpand
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Constraints on the timescale of animal evolutionary history
Dating the tree of life is a core endeavor in evolutionary biology. Rates of evolution are fundamental to nearly every evolutionary model and process. Rates need dates. There is much debate on theExpand
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First combined cladistic analysis of marsupial mammal interrelationships.
We combine osteological, dental, and soft tissue data with sequences from three nuclear and five mitochondrial genes, sampling all major living clades of marsupials plus several extinct taxa, toExpand
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The new framework for understanding placental mammal evolution
An unprecedented level of confidence has recently crystallized around a new hypothesis of how living placental mammals share a pattern of common descent. The major groups are afrotheres (e.g.,Expand
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A Morphological Basis for Assessing the Phylogeny of the “Tenrecoidea” (Mammalia, Lipotyphla)
A phylogenetic analysis of 35 mammalian taxa focusing on the lipotyphlan family Tenrecidae, based on 193 morphological character states across 71 characters, is undertaken to test several hypothesesExpand
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