Phylogeny and evolution of ferns (monilophytes) with a focus on the early leptosporangiate divergences.

@article{Pryer2004PhylogenyAE,
  title={Phylogeny and evolution of ferns (monilophytes) with a focus on the early leptosporangiate divergences.},
  author={Kathleen M Pryer and Eric Schuettpelz and Paul G. Wolf and Harald Schneider and Alan R. Smith and Raymond Cranfill},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2004},
  volume={91 10},
  pages={
          1582-98
        }
}
The phylogenetic structure of ferns (= monilophytes) is explored here, with a special focus on the early divergences among leptosporangiate lineages. [] Key Result Phylogenetic analyses of these data (1) confirm that Osmundaceae are sister to the rest of the leptosporangiates, (2) resolve a diverse set of ferns formerly thought to be a subsequent grade as possibly monophyletic (((Dipteridaceae, Matoniaceae), Gleicheniaceae), Hymenophyllaceae), and (3) place schizaeoid ferns as sister to a large clade of…

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