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Insights into Platypus Population Structure and History from Whole-Genome Sequencing

Martin, Hilary; Batty, Elizabeth; Hussin, Julie; Westall, Portia; Daish, Tasman; Kolomyjec, Stephen; Piazza, Paolo; Bowden, Rory; Hawkins, Margaret; Grant, Tom; Moritz, Craig


The platypus is an egg-laying mammal which, alongside the echidna, occupies a unique place in the mammalian phylogenetic tree. Despite widespread interest in its unusual biology, little is known about its population structure or recent evolutionary history. To provide new insights into the dispersal and demographic history of this iconic species, we sequenced the genomes of 57 platypuses from across the whole species range in eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania. Using a highly improved...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Molecular Biology and Evolution
DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msy041
Access Rights: Open Access


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