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Bird evolution: testing the Metaves clade with six new mitochondrial genomes

Morgan-Richards, Mary; Trewick, Steve A; Bartosch-Harlid, Anna; Kardailsky, Olga; Phillips, Matthew James; McLenachan, Patricia A; Penny, David


BACKGROUND: Evolutionary biologists are often misled by convergence of morphology and this has been common in the study of bird evolution. However, the use of molecular data sets have their own problems and phylogenies based on short DNA sequences have the potential to mislead us too. The relationships among clades and timing of the evolution of modern birds (Neoaves) has not yet been well resolved. Evidence of convergence of morphology remain controversial. With six new bird mitochondrial...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008-01-23
Type: Journal article
Source: BMC Evolutionary Biology
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-8-20


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