Genomic support for a moa-tinamou clade and adaptive morphological convergence in flightless ratites.

@article{Baker2014GenomicSF,
  title={Genomic support for a moa-tinamou clade and adaptive morphological convergence in flightless ratites.},
  author={A. J. Baker and Oliver P Haddrath and John D. McPherson and Alison Cloutier},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2014},
  volume={31 7},
  pages={1686-96}
}
One of the most startling discoveries in avian molecular phylogenetics is that the volant tinamous are embedded in the flightless ratites, but this topology remains controversial because recent morphological phylogenies place tinamous as the closest relative of a monophyletic ratite clade. Here, we integrate new phylogenomic sequences from 1,448 nuclear DNA loci totaling almost 1 million bp from the extinct little bush moa, Chilean tinamou, and emu with available sequences from ostrich, elegant… CONTINUE READING
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