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Evaluating alternative hypotheses for the early evolution and diversification of ants
Ants are the world's most diverse and ecologically dominant eusocial organisms. Resolving the phylogeny and timescale for major ant lineages is vital to understanding how they achieved this success.Expand
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Major evolutionary transitions in ant agriculture
  • T. Schultz, S. Brady
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 8 April 2008
Agriculture is a specialized form of symbiosis that is known to have evolved in only four animal groups: humans, bark beetles, termites, and ants. Here, we reconstruct the major evolutionaryExpand
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The evolution of myrmicine ants: phylogeny and biogeography of a hyperdiverse ant clade (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
This study investigates the evolutionary history of a hyperdiverse clade, the ant subfamily Myrmicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), based on analyses of a data matrix comprising 251 species and 11Expand
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The history of early bee diversification based on five genes plus morphology
Bees, the largest (>16,000 species) and most important radiation of pollinating insects, originated in early to mid-Cretaceous, roughly in synchrony with the angiosperms (flowering plants).Expand
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Evolution of the army ant syndrome: The origin and long-term evolutionary stasis of a complex of behavioral and reproductive adaptations
  • S. Brady
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 15 May 2003
The army ant syndrome of behavioral and reproductive traits (obligate collective foraging, nomadism, and highly specialized queens) has allowed these organisms to become the premiere social huntersExpand
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Phylogenomic Insights into the Evolution of Stinging Wasps and the Origins of Ants and Bees
The stinging wasps (Hymenoptera: Aculeata) are an extremely diverse lineage of hymenopteran insects, encompassing over 70,000 described species and a diversity of life history traits, includingExpand
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Phylogeny and biogeography of dolichoderine ants: effects of data partitioning and relict taxa on historical inference.
Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) are conspicuous organisms in most terrestrial ecosystems, often attaining high levels of abundance and diversity. In this study, we investigate the evolutionary historyExpand
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The rise of army ants and their relatives: diversification of specialized predatory doryline ants
BackgroundArmy ants are dominant invertebrate predators in tropical and subtropical terrestrial ecosystems. Their close relatives within the dorylomorph group of ants are also highly specializedExpand
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Error, bias, and long-branch attraction in data for two chloroplast photosystem genes in seed plants.
Sequences of two chloroplast photosystem genes, psaA and psbB, together comprising about 3,500 bp, were obtained for all five major groups of extant seed plants and several outgroups among otherExpand
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Target enrichment of ultraconserved elements from arthropods provides a genomic perspective on relationships among Hymenoptera
Gaining a genomic perspective on phylogeny requires the collection of data from many putatively independent loci across the genome. Among insects, an increasingly common approach to collecting thisExpand
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