Phylogeny of the ants: diversification in the age of angiosperms.

@article{Moreau2006PhylogenyOT,
  title={Phylogeny of the ants: diversification in the age of angiosperms.},
  author={Corrie S Moreau and Charles D. Bell and Roger Vila and S Bruce Archibald and Naomi E Pierce},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={312 5770},
  pages={101-4}
}
We present a large-scale molecular phylogeny of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), based on 4.5 kilobases of sequence data from six gene regions extracted from 139 of the 288 described extant genera, representing 19 of the 20 subfamilies. All but two subfamilies are recovered as monophyletic. Divergence time estimates calibrated by minimum age constraints from 43 fossils indicate that most of the subfamilies representing extant ants arose much earlier than previously proposed but only began to… CONTINUE READING
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