Current views on chelicerate phylogeny—A tribute to Peter Weygoldt

  title={Current views on chelicerate phylogeny—A tribute to Peter Weygoldt},
  author={Gonzalo Giribet},
  journal={Zoologischer Anzeiger},
  • G. Giribet
  • Published 1 March 2018
  • Biology
  • Zoologischer Anzeiger

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The evolutionary history of body organisation in the lineage towards modern scorpions

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Volcanism and palaeoclimate change drive diversification of the world's largest whip spider (Amblypygi)

Barriers and diversification patterns identified in Acanthophrynus are reflected in the phylogeography of codistributed vertebrates and arthropods, emphasizing the profound impact of Trans‐Mexican Volcanic Belt orogeny and glacial/interglacial cycles as drivers of diversification in the Mexican Neotropics.



Phylogenomic interrogation of arachnida reveals systemic conflicts in phylogenetic signal.

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Phylogenetic position of the acariform mites: sensitivity to homology assessment under total evidence

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Origin of spiders and their spinning organs illuminated by mid-Cretaceous amber fossils

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Arthropod phylogeny revisited, with a focus on crustacean relationships.

Geological history and phylogeny of Chelicerata.

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Three-dimensional reconstruction and the phylogeny of extinct chelicerate orders

X-ray microtomography is used to reconstruct members of two extinct arachnid orders, and a cladistic analysis of the chelicerates is presented to accompany these reconstructions, suggesting that these results are not robust to the addition of novel characters or fossil taxa.

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