Molecular evidence for multiple origins of Insectivora and for a new order of endemic African insectivore mammals.

@article{Stanhope1998MolecularEF,
  title={Molecular evidence for multiple origins of Insectivora and for a new order of endemic African insectivore mammals.},
  author={M. Stanhope and V. Waddell and O. Madsen and W. D. de Jong and S. Hedges and G. C. Cleven and D. Kao and M. Springer},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1998},
  volume={95 17},
  pages={
          9967-72
        }
}
The traditional views regarding the mammalian order Insectivora are that the group descended from a single common ancestor and that it is comprised of the following families: Soricidae (shrews), Tenrecidae (tenrecs), Solenodontidae (solenodons), Talpidae (moles), Erinaceidae (hedgehogs and gymnures), and Chrysochloridae (golden moles). Here we present a molecular analysis that includes representatives of all six families of insectivores, as well as 37 other taxa representing marsupials… Expand
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