Phylogenomic analyses support the position of turtles as the sister group of birds and crocodiles (Archosauria)

  title={Phylogenomic analyses support the position of turtles as the sister group of birds and crocodiles (Archosauria)},
  author={Ylenia Chiari and Vincent Cahais and Nicolas Galtier and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Delsuc},
  journal={BMC Biology},
  pages={65 - 65}
BackgroundThe morphological peculiarities of turtles have, for a long time, impeded their accurate placement in the phylogeny of amniotes. Molecular data used to address this major evolutionary question have so far been limited to a handful of markers and/or taxa. These studies have supported conflicting topologies, positioning turtles as either the sister group to all other reptiles, to lepidosaurs (tuatara, lizards and snakes), to archosaurs (birds and crocodiles), or to crocodilians. Genome… 

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