Mitochondrial genomes reveal an explosive radiation of extinct and extant bears near the Miocene-Pliocene boundary

  title={Mitochondrial genomes reveal an explosive radiation of extinct and extant bears near the Miocene-Pliocene boundary},
  author={Johannes Krause and Tina Unger and Aline Noçon and A. Malaspinas and Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis and Mathias Stiller and Leopoldo Soibelzon and Helen F. Spriggs and Paul H. Dear and Adrian W. Briggs and Sarah C Bray and Stephen J. O'Brien and Gernot Rabeder and Paul E Matheus and Alan Cooper and Montgomery Slatkin and Svante P{\"a}{\"a}bo and Michael Hofreiter},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
Despite being one of the most studied families within the Carnivora, the phylogenetic relationships among the members of the bear family (Ursidae) have long remained unclear. Widely divergent topologies have been suggested based on various data sets and methods. We present a fully resolved phylogeny for ursids based on ten complete mitochondrial genome sequences from all eight living and two recently extinct bear species, the European cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) and the American giant short… CONTINUE READING
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