Peregrine and saker falcon genome sequences provide insights into evolution of a predatory lifestyle

@article{Zhan2013PeregrineAS,
  title={Peregrine and saker falcon genome sequences provide insights into evolution of a predatory lifestyle},
  author={Xiangjiang Zhan and Shengkai Pan and Junyi Wang and Andrew Dixon and Jing Jing He and Margit Gabriele Muller and Peixiang Ni and Li Hu and Yuan Hua Liu and Haolong Hou and Yuanping Chen and Jinquan Xia and Qiong Luo and Pengwei Xu and Ying Bei Chen and Shengguang Liao and Changchang Cao and Shukun Gao and Zhaobao Wang and Zhen Yue and Guoqing Li and Ye Yin and Nick C. Fox and Jun Wang and Michael W Bruford},
  journal={Nature Genetics},
  year={2013},
  volume={45},
  pages={563-566}
}
As top predators, falcons possess unique morphological, physiological and behavioral adaptations that allow them to be successful hunters: for example, the peregrine is renowned as the world's fastest animal. To examine the evolutionary basis of predatory adaptations, we sequenced the genomes of both the peregrine (Falco peregrinus) and saker falcon (Falco cherrug), and we present parallel, genome-wide evidence for evolutionary innovation and selection for a predatory lifestyle. The genomes… CONTINUE READING
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