Complete mitochondrial genome sequences of two extinct moas clarify ratite evolution

@article{Cooper2001CompleteMG,
  title={Complete mitochondrial genome sequences of two extinct moas clarify ratite evolution},
  author={A. Cooper and C. Lalueza-Fox and Simon Anderson and A. Rambaut and J. Austin and R. Ward},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={409},
  pages={704-707}
}
The origin of the ratites, large flightless birds from the Southern Hemisphere, along with their flighted sister taxa, the South American tinamous, is central to understanding the role of plate tectonics in the distributions of modern birds and mammals. Defining the dates of ratite divergences is also critical for determining the age of modern avian orders. To resolve the ratite phylogeny and provide biogeographical data to examine these issues, we have here determined the first complete… Expand
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