Rhodopechys obsoleta (desert finch): a pale ancestor of greenfinches (Carduelis spp.) according to molecular phylogeny

  title={Rhodopechys obsoleta (desert finch): a pale ancestor of greenfinches (Carduelis spp.) according to molecular phylogeny},
  author={Jorge Zamora and Ernesto Lowy and Valent{\'i}n Ru{\'i}z-del-Valle and Juan Moscoso and Juan Ignacio Serrano-Vela and Juan Rivero-de-Aguilar and Antonio Arnaiz-Villena},
  journal={Journal of Ornithology},
The evolutionary history of three out of four birds traditionally classified into the genus Rhodopechys birds has been studied by comparing their mitochondrial cytochrome b DNA sequence with that of greenfinches and other genus Carduelis finches. The desert finch (Rhodopechys obsoleta) or a sister extinct species seems to have existed about 6 million years ago in Asian and perhaps African desert-like areas. This bird has no molecular relationship with other Rhodopechys birds and seems to have… 

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    Molecular phylogenetics and evolution
  • 1997
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  • G. Voelker
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    Molecular phylogenetics and evolution
  • 1999
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