A Comprehensive Phylogeny of Beetles Reveals the Evolutionary Origins of a Superradiation

@article{Hunt2007ACP,
  title={A Comprehensive Phylogeny of Beetles Reveals the Evolutionary Origins of a Superradiation},
  author={Toby Hunt and Johannes Bergsten and Zuzana Levkani{\vc}ov{\'a} and Anna Papadopoulou and O John and Ruth Wild and Peter M. Hammond and Dirk Ahrens and Michael Balke and Michael S. Caterino and Jes{\'u}s G{\'o}mez‐Zurita and Ignacio Ribera and Timothy Giles Barraclough and Milada Bocakova and Ladislav Bocak and Alfried P. Vogler},
  journal={Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={318},
  pages={1913 - 1916}
}
Beetles represent almost one-fourth of all described species, and knowledge about their relationships and evolution adds to our understanding of biodiversity. We performed a comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of Coleoptera inferred from three genes and nearly 1900 species, representing more than 80% of the world's recognized beetle families. We defined basal relationships in the Polyphaga supergroup, which contains over 300,000 species, and established five families as the earliest branching… 

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