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The genome as a life-history character: why rate of molecular evolution varies between mammal species

Bromham, Lindell


DNA sequences evolve at different rates in different species. This rate variation has been most closely examined in mammals, revealing a large number of characteristics that can shape the rate of molecular evolution. Many of these traits are part of the mammalian life-history continuum: species with small body size, rapid generation turnover, high fecundity and short lifespans tend to have faster rates of molecular evolution. In addition, rate of molecular evolution in mammals might be...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2011.0014


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