Convergent evolution of the genomes of marine mammals

  title={Convergent evolution of the genomes of marine mammals},
  author={Andrew D. Foote and Y Liu and Gregg W. C. Thomas and Tom{\'a}{\vs} Vinař and Jessica Alf{\"o}ldi and Jixin Deng and Shannon P. Dugan and Cornelis E. van Elk and Margaret E Hunter and Vandita Joshi and Ziad Mohid Khan and Christie L. Kovar and Sandra L. Lee and Kerstin Lindblad-Toh and Annalaura Mancia and Rasmus Nielsen and Xiang Qin and Jiaxin Qu and Brian J. Raney and Nagarjun Vijay and Jochen B W Wolf and Matthew W. Hahn and Donna M. Muzny and K. C. Worley and Marcus Thomas Pius Gilbert and Richard A. Gibbs},
  journal={Nature Genetics},
Marine mammals from different mammalian orders share several phenotypic traits adapted to the aquatic environment and therefore represent a classic example of convergent evolution. To investigate convergent evolution at the genomic level, we sequenced and performed de novo assembly of the genomes of three species of marine mammals (the killer whale, walrus and manatee) from three mammalian orders that share independently evolved phenotypic adaptations to a marine existence. Our comparative… CONTINUE READING

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