Hidden support from unpromising data sets strongly unites snakes with anguimorph 'lizards'.

@article{Lee2009HiddenSF,
  title={Hidden support from unpromising data sets strongly unites snakes with anguimorph 'lizards'.},
  author={Michael S Y Lee},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={22 6},
  pages={1308-16}
}
A combined analysis of nuclear, mitochondrial and morphological data robustly resolves snakes as the sister taxon to anguimorph 'lizards'. Analysed in isolation, nuclear DNA (nDNA) produces a trichotomy between snakes, iguanians and anguimorphs, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is largely uninformative at deeper levels, and morphology tends to nest snakes deep within anguimorphs or with various legless squamate groups. When analysed simultaneously, the nuclear signal is sufficiently strong that mtDNA… CONTINUE READING
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