Complete mitochondrial genome suggests diapsid affinities of turtles.

  title={Complete mitochondrial genome suggests diapsid affinities of turtles.},
  author={Rafael Zardoya and Axel Meyer},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={95 24},
  • R. ZardoyaA. Meyer
  • Published 24 November 1998
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Despite more than a century of debate, the evolutionary position of turtles (Testudines) relative to other amniotes (reptiles, birds, and mammals) remains uncertain. One of the major impediments to resolving this important evolutionary problem is the highly distinctive and enigmatic morphology of turtles that led to their traditional placement apart from diapsid reptiles as sole descendants of presumably primitive anapsid reptiles. To address this question, the complete (16,787-bp… 

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