Parallel adaptive radiations in two major clades of placental mammals

  title={Parallel adaptive radiations in two major clades of placental mammals},
  author={O. Madsen and M. Scally and C. Douady and D. J. Kao and R. W. Debry and R. Adkins and H. M. Amrine and M. Stanhope and W. W. Jong and M. Springer},
  • O. Madsen, M. Scally, +7 authors M. Springer
  • Published 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Higher level relationships among placental mammals, as well as the historical biogeography and morphological diversification of this group, remain unclear. Here we analyse independent molecular data sets, having aligned lengths of DNA of 5,708 and 2,947 base pairs, respectively, for all orders of placental mammals. Phylogenetic analyses resolve placental orders into four groups: Xenarthra, Afrotheria, Laurasiatheria, and Euarchonta plus Glires. The first three groups are consistently… CONTINUE READING
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