The draft genomes of soft–shell turtle and green sea turtle yield insights into the development and evolution of the turtle–specific body plan

@article{Wang2013TheDG,
  title={The draft genomes of soft–shell turtle and green sea turtle yield insights into the development and evolution of the turtle–specific body plan},
  author={Zhuo Wang and Juan Pascual-Anaya and Amonida Zadissa and Wenqi Li and Yoshihito Niimura and Zhiyong Huang and Chunyi Li and Simon White and Zhiqiang Xiong and Dongming Fang and Bo Wang and Yao Ming and Yan Chen and Yuan Zheng and Shigehiro Kuraku and Miguel Pignatelli and Javier Herrero and Kathryn Beal and Masafumi Nozawa and Qiye Li and Juan Wang and Hongyan Zhang and Lili Yu and Shuji Shigenobu and Junyi Wang and Jiannan Liu and Paul Flicek and Stephen M. J. Searle and Jun Wang and Shigeru Kuratani and Ye Yin and Bronwen L. Aken and Guojie Zhang and Naoki Irie},
  journal={Nature genetics},
  year={2013},
  volume={45},
  pages={701 - 706}
}
The unique anatomical features of turtles have raised unanswered questions about the origin of their unique body plan. We generated and analyzed draft genomes of the soft-shell turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) and the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas); our results indicated the close relationship of the turtles to the bird-crocodilian lineage, from which they split ∼267.9–248.3 million years ago (Upper Permian to Triassic). We also found extensive expansion of olfactory receptor genes in these… 
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