Molecular evidence on the origin of and the phylogenetic relationships among the major groups of vertebrates

Abstract

Vertebrates are a good model to study macroevolu-tionary patterns and processes because they possess a comparatively well known fossil record (Carroll 1997). Thanks to the detailed investigations of several generations of morphologists and pale-ontologists over the last two centuries, it has been possible to reconstruct the phylogeny of vertebrates with… (More)

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