The late Miocene radiation of modern Felidae: a genetic assessment.

@article{Johnson2006TheLM,
  title={The late Miocene radiation of modern Felidae: a genetic assessment.},
  author={Warren E. Johnson and Eduardo Eizirik and Jill Pecon-Slattery and William Joseph Murphy and Agostinho Antunes and Emma C. Teeling and Stephen J. O'Brien},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={311 5757},
  pages={73-7}
}
Modern felid species descend from relatively recent (<11 million years ago) divergence and speciation events that produced successful predatory carnivores worldwide but that have confounded taxonomic classifications. A highly resolved molecular phylogeny with divergence dates for all living cat species, derived from autosomal, X-linked, Y-linked, and mitochondrial gene segments (22,789 base pairs) and 16 fossil calibrations define eight principal lineages produced through at least 10… CONTINUE READING
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