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Comparative performance of the 16S rRNA gene in DNA barcoding of amphibians
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Experimental evidence is presented that the mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene fulfills the requirements for a universal DNA barcoding marker in amphibians and in terms of universality of priming sites and identification of major vertebrate clades the studied 16S fragment is superior to COI. Expand
Phylogenomic analyses support the position of turtles as the sister group of birds and crocodiles (Archosauria)
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Next-generation sequencing is used to obtain seven new transcriptomes from the blood, liver, or jaws of four turtles, a caiman, a lizard, and a lungfish, and provide a phylogenetic framework and timescale with which to interpret the evolution of the peculiar morphological, developmental, and molecular features of turtles within the amniotes. Expand
Comparative population genomics in animals uncovers the determinants of genetic diversity
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It is shown that the diversity of a species is predictable, and is determined in the first place by its ecological strategy, and demonstrates the influence of long-term life-history strategies on species response to short-term environmental perturbations. Expand
Freshwater paths across the ocean : molecular phylogeny of the frog Ptychadena newtoni gives insights into amphibian colonization of oceanic islands
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A synergy of rafting, favourable surface currents and a reduction in salinity of surface waters could allow freshwater paths to open far enough to enable continental flora and fauna to reach these and other isolated oceanic islands. Expand
Reference‐free transcriptome assembly in non‐model animals from next‐generation sequencing data
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It is concluded that robust, reference‐free assembly of thousands of genes from transcriptomic NGS data is possible, opening promising perspectives for transcriptome‐based population genomics in animals. Expand
Dating cryptodiran nodes: origin and diversification of the turtle superfamily Testudinoidea.
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The results revealed that the earliest divergences within crown testudinoids occurred around 95.0 Mya, in the early Late Cretaceous, earlier than previously reported, raising new questions about the historical biogeography of this group. Expand
The determinants of the molecular substitution process in turtles
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In turtles, neutral rates of molecular evolution are hardly correlated with LON or BM and both the mitochondrial and nuclear substitution rates are significantly correlated with LAT – faster evolution in the tropics – and especially so for aquatic species. Expand
Next‐generation sequencing of transcriptomes: a guide to RNA isolation in nonmodel animals
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The results of RNA extraction experiments from various samples of 39 animal species caught in the wild are presented, and general guidelines for the production of ready‐to‐sequence RNA in nonmodel animals sampled in the field are derived. Expand
New evidence for parallel evolution of colour patterns in Malagasy poison frogs (Mantella)
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Cytochrome b data is provided for 143 individuals of three species in the Mantella madagascariensis group, including four newly discovered populations, providing further support for the hypothesis that the largely similar uniformly orange colour of the last two species evolved in parallel. Expand
Population genomics of the endangered giant Galápagos tortoise
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Functional evolutionary analyses reveal a reduced diversity of immunity genes in C. nigra, in line with the hypothesis of attenuated pathogen diversity in islands, and an increased selective pressure on genes involved in response to stress, potentially related to the climatic instability of its environment and its elongated lifespan. Expand
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