A retroposon analysis of Afrotherian phylogeny.

  title={A retroposon analysis of Afrotherian phylogeny.},
  author={Hidenori Nishihara and Yoko Satta and Masato Nikaido and Johannes G. M. Thewissen and Michael J. Stanhope and Norihiro Okada},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  volume={22 9},
Recent comprehensive studies of DNA sequences support the monophyly of Afrotheria, comprising elephants, sirenians (dugongs and manatees), hyraxes, tenrecs, golden moles, aardvarks, and elephant shrews, as well as that of Paenungulata, comprising elephants, sirenians, and hyraxes. However, phylogenetic relationships among paenungulates, as well as among nonpaenungulates, have remained ambiguous. Here we applied an extensive retroposon analysis to these problems to support the monophyly of… CONTINUE READING