Radiation of Extant Cetaceans Driven by Restructuring of the Oceans

  title={Radiation of Extant Cetaceans Driven by Restructuring of the Oceans},
  author={Mette Elstrup Steeman and Martin Bay Hebsgaard and Robert Ewan Fordyce and Simon Y. W. Ho and Daniel L. Rabosky and Rasmus Nielsen and Carsten Rahbek and Henrik Glenner and Martin Vinther S{\o}rensen and Eske Willerslev},
  journal={Systematic Biology},
  pages={573 - 585}
Abstract The remarkable fossil record of whales and dolphins (Cetacea) has made them an exemplar of macroevolution. Although their overall adaptive transition from terrestrial to fully aquatic organisms is well known, this is not true for the radiation of modern whales. Here, we explore the diversification of extant cetaceans by constructing a robust molecular phylogeny that includes 87 of 89 extant species. The phylogeny and divergence times are derived from nuclear and mitochondrial markers… 

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