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THE AMPHIBIAN TREE OF LIFE
A new taxonomy of living amphibians is proposed to correct the deficiencies of the old one, based on the largest phylogenetic analysis of living Amphibia so far accomplished, and many subsidiary taxa are demonstrated to be nonmonophyletic.
Birth of a biome: insights into the assembly and maintenance of the Australian arid zone biota
This review highlights the opportunities that development of arid conditions provides for rapid and diverse evolutionary radiations, and re-enforces the emerging view that Pleistocene environmental change can have diverse impacts on genetic structure and diversity in different biomes.
Analysis and visualization of complex macroevolutionary dynamics: an example from Australian scincid lizards.
It is demonstrated that major axes of morphological variation can be decoupled from species diversification and the Bayesian framework described here can be used to identify and characterize complex mixtures of dynamic processes on phylogenetic trees.
Phylogenetic endemism: a new approach for identifying geographical concentrations of evolutionary history
- D. Rosauer, S. Laffan, M. Crisp, S. Donnellan, L. Cook
- Biology, Environmental ScienceMolecular ecology
- 1 October 2009
A new, broadly applicable measure of the spatial restriction of phylogenetic diversity, termed phylogenetic endemism (PE), which builds on previous phylogenetic analyses ofendemism, but provides a more general solution for mapping endemist of lineages.
Multiple Geographic Origins of Commensalism and Complex Dispersal History of Black Rats
Three of the four phylogenetic lineage units within R. rattus show clear genetic signatures of major population expansion in prehistoric times, and the distribution of particular haplogroups mirrors archaeologically and historically documented patterns of human dispersal and trade.
Exceptional among-lineage variation in diversification rates during the radiation of Australia's most diverse vertebrate clade
- D. Rabosky, S. Donnellan, A. Talaba, I. Lovette
- Biology, Environmental ScienceProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
- 7 December 2007
The results suggest that the evolution of traits associated with climate tolerance may have had a role in shaping patterns of diversity in this group of scincid lizards, and present an improved likelihood-based method for estimating per-lineage diversification rates from combined phylogenetic and taxonomic data.
Systematics of the lizard family pygopodidae with implications for the diversification of Australian temperate biotas.
We conducted a phylogenetic study of pygopodid lizards, a group of 38 species endemic to Australia and New Guinea, with two major goals: to reconstruct a taxonomically complete and robustly supported…
DIVERSIFICATION AND PERSISTENCE AT THE ARID–MONSOONAL INTERFACE: AUSTRALIA‐WIDE BIOGEOGRAPHY OF THE BYNOE'S GECKO (HETERONOTIA BINOEI; GEKKONIDAE)
- M. Fujita, J. McGuire, S. Donnellan, C. Moritz
- Environmental Science, BiologyEvolution; international journal of organic…
- 1 August 2010
This study demonstrates the varied responses to aridification in Australia, including localized persistence of lineages in the tropical monsoonal biome, and repeated invasion of and expansion through newly available arid‐zone habitats.
A phylogeny for side-necked turtles (Chelonia: Pleurodira) based on mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequence variation
The molecular data support the currently accepted arrangement for pelomedusid genera, that is, a sister relationship between the African Pelusios and Pelomedusa and a clade comprising the South American Peltocephalus and Podocnemis with the Madagascan Erymnochelys .
Phylogenetic relationships of terrestrial Australo-Papuan elapid snakes (subfamily Hydrophiinae) based on cytochrome b and 16S rRNA sequences.
Sequencing portions of the cytochrome b and 16S rRNA mitochondrial DNA genes were sequenced from 19 of the 20 terrestrial Australian genera and 6 of the 7 terrestrial Melanesian genera, plus a sea krait and a true sea snake, indicating that the ancestors of the Australian radiation came via Asia, rather than representing a relict Gondwanan radiation.