Tortoise (Reptilia, Testudinidae) radiations in Southern Africa from the Eocene to the present

  title={Tortoise (Reptilia, Testudinidae) radiations in Southern Africa from the Eocene to the present},
  author={Margaretha D. Hofmeyr and Melita Vamberger and William R. Branch and Alfred Schleicher and Savel R. Daniels},
  journal={Zoologica Scripta},
  pages={389 - 400}
Africa, inclusive of the West Indian Ocean islands, harbours 11 of the world's 16 extant testudinid genera. Fossil records indicate that testudinids originated in Asia and dispersed first to North America and Europe (Early Eocene) and later to Africa (Late Eocene). We used mitochondrial (1870 bp) and nuclear (1416 bp) DNA sequence data to assess whether molecular data support the late cladogenesis of Southern African testudinid lineages. Our results revealed strong support for the monophyly of… Expand
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