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Molecular phylogenetics and the origins of placental mammals
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The potential weaknesses of limited character and taxon sampling are addressed in a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic analysis of 64 species sampled across all extant orders of placental mammals, providing new insight into the pattern of the early placental mammal radiation. Expand
A Molecular Phylogeny of Living Primates
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The resolution of the primate phylogeny provides an essential evolutionary framework with far-reaching applications including: human selection and adaptation, global emergence of zoonotic diseases, mammalian comparative genomics, primate taxonomy, and conservation of endangered species. Expand
The Late Miocene Radiation of Modern Felidae: A Genetic Assessment
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The phylogenetic performance of distinct gene classes showed that Y-chromosome segments are appreciably more informative than mitochondrial DNA, X-linked, or autosomal genes in resolving the rapid Felidae species radiation. Expand
Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds
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A genome-scale phylogenetic analysis of 48 species representing all orders of Neoaves recovered a highly resolved tree that confirms previously controversial sister or close relationships and identifies the first divergence in Neoaves, two groups the authors named Passerea and Columbea. Expand
Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation
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This work explored bird macroevolution using full genomes from 48 avian species representing all major extant clades to reveal that pan-avian genomic diversity covaries with adaptations to different lifestyles and convergent evolution of traits. Expand
Genomic ancestry of the American puma (Puma concolor).
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The marked uniformity of mtDNA and a reduction in microsatellite allele size expansion indicates that North American pumas derive from a recent (late Pleistocene circa 10,000 years ago) replacement and recolonization by a small number of founders who themselves originated from a centrum of puma genetic diversity in eastern South America. Expand
Phylogeography and Genetic Ancestry of Tigers (Panthera tigris)
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To investigate the species' evolutionary history and to establish objective methods for subspecies recognition, voucher specimens of blood, skin, hair, and/or skin biopsies from 134 tigers with verified geographic origins or heritage across the whole distribution range were examined for molecular markers. Expand
Pattern and timing of diversification of the mammalian order Carnivora inferred from multiple nuclear gene sequences.
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This study investigated the phylogenetic relationships among carnivoran families, and performed molecular dating analyses of the inferred nodes, leading to consistent and robust resolution of all supra-familial nodes in the carnivoran tree. Expand
Biogeographic variation of food habits and body size of the America puma
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The puma has the most extensive range of any terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, covering over 100° latitude, and food habits of different puma subspecies vary with latitude. Expand
The adaptive evolution of the mammalian mitochondrial genome
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This study provides insight into the adaptive evolution of the mtDNA genome in mammals and its implications for the molecular mechanism of oxidative phosphorylation, and presents a framework for future experimental characterization of the impact of specific mutations in the function, physiology, and interactions of themtDNA encoded proteins involved in oxidativeosphorylation. Expand
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