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The evolutionary history of cockatoos (Aves: Psittaciformes: Cacatuidae)

White, Nicole E.; Phillips, Matthew; Gilbert, M. Thomas P.; Alfaro-Nunez, Alonzo; Willerslev, Eske; Mawson, Peter R; Spencer, Peter B.S.; Bunce, Michael

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Cockatoos are the distinctive family Cacatuidae, a major lineage of the order of parrots (Psittaciformes) and distributed throughout the Australasian region of the world. However, the evolutionary history of cockatoos is not well understood. We investigated the phylogeny of cockatoos based on three mitochondrial and three nuclear DNA genes obtained from 16 of 21 species of Cacatuidae. In addition, five novel mitochondrial genomes were used to estimate time of divergence and our estimates...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/68942
Source: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.03.011

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