DNA phylogeny of the marsupial wolf resolved.

  title={DNA phylogeny of the marsupial wolf resolved.},
  author={Carey Krajewski and Larry Buckley and Michael Westerman},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={264 1383},
The phylogenetic position of the recently extinct marsupial 'wolf', or thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), has been a source of contention in mammalian systematics for nearly a century. Thylacines were endemic to Australasia, but possessed striking anatomical similarities to Oligo-Miocene borhyaenid marsupials of South America. At issue has been whether these features are indicative of common ancestry or convergent adaptation to carnivory. Recent morphological studies have supported both… CONTINUE READING