Resolution of the Early Placental Mammal Radiation Using Bayesian Phylogenetics

  title={Resolution of the Early Placental Mammal Radiation Using Bayesian Phylogenetics},
  author={William J. Murphy and Eduardo Eizirik and Stephen J O'Brien and Ole Madsen and Mark D. Scally and Christophe J. Douady and Emma C. Teeling and Oliver A. Ryder and Michael J. Stanhope and Wilfried W. de Jong and Mark S. Springer},
  pages={2348 - 2351}
Molecular phylogenetic studies have resolved placental mammals into four major groups, but have not established the full hierarchy of interordinal relationships, including the position of the root. The latter is critical for understanding the early biogeographic history of placentals. We investigated placental phylogeny using Bayesian and maximum-likelihood methods and a 16.4-kilobase molecular data set. Interordinal relationships are almost entirely resolved. The basal split is between… 
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