An Unbiased Molecular Approach Using 3′-UTRs Resolves the Avian Family-Level Tree of Life

  title={An Unbiased Molecular Approach Using 3′-UTRs Resolves the Avian Family-Level Tree of Life},
  author={H. Kuhl and Carolina Frankl-Vilches and Antje Bakker and G. Mayr and G. Nikolaus and S. Boerno and S. Klages and B. Timmermann and M. Gahr},
  journal={Molecular Biology and Evolution},
  pages={108 - 127}
Abstract Presumably, due to a rapid early diversification, major parts of the higher-level phylogeny of birds are still resolved controversially in different analyses or are considered unresolvable. To address this problem, we produced an avian tree of life, which includes molecular sequences of one or several species of ∼90% of the currently recognized family-level taxa (429 species, 379 genera) including all 106 family-level taxa of the nonpasserines and 115 of the passerines (Passeriformes… Expand

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