A time-calibrated species tree of Crocodylia reveals a recent radiation of the true crocodiles.

@article{Oaks2011ATS,
  title={A time-calibrated species tree of Crocodylia reveals a recent radiation of the true crocodiles.},
  author={Jamie R. Oaks},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2011},
  volume={65 11},
  pages={
          3285-97
        }
}
True crocodiles (Crocodylus) are the most broadly distributed, ecologically diverse, and species-rich crocodylian genus, comprising about half of extant crocodylian diversity and exhibiting a circumtropical distribution. Crocodylus traditionally has been viewed as an ancient group of morphologically conserved species that originated in Africa prior to continental breakup. In this study, these long-held notions about the temporal and geographic origin of Crocodylus are tested using DNA sequence… CONTINUE READING
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