Dating of the human-ape splitting by a molecular clock of mitochondrial DNA

  title={Dating of the human-ape splitting by a molecular clock of mitochondrial DNA},
  author={M. Hasegawa and H. Kishino and T. Yano},
  journal={Journal of Molecular Evolution},
  • M. Hasegawa, H. Kishino, T. Yano
  • Published 2005
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Molecular Evolution
  • SummaryA new statistical method for estimating divergence dates of species from DNA sequence data by a molecular clock approach is developed. This method takes into account effectively the information contained in a set of DNA sequence data. The molecular clock of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) was calibrated by setting the date of divergence between primates and ungulates at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary (65 million years ago), when the extinction of dinosaurs occurred. A generalized… CONTINUE READING
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