Phylogeny, evolutionary history and taxonomy of the Mustelidae based on sequences of the cytochrome b gene and a complex repetitive flanking region

@article{Marmi2004PhylogenyEH,
  title={Phylogeny, evolutionary history and taxonomy of the Mustelidae based on sequences of the cytochrome b gene and a complex repetitive flanking region},
  author={Josep Marmi and Juan Francisco L{\'o}pez‐Gir{\'a}ldez and Xavier Domingo-Roura},
  journal={Zoologica Scripta},
  year={2004},
  volume={33}
}
The Mustelidae is a diverse family of carnivores which includes weasels, polecats, mink, tayra, martens, otters, badgers and, according to some authors, skunks. Evolutionary relationships within the family are under debate at a number of different taxonomic levels, and incongruencies between molecular and morphological results are important. We analysed a total of 241 cytochrome b (cyt b) gene sequences and 33 sequences of a complex repetitive flanking region from 33 different species to… 
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