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Relaxed phylogenetics and the palaeoptera problem: Resolving deep ancestral splits in the insect phylogeny

Thomas, Jessica; Trueman, John; Rambaut, Andrew; Welch, John J.


The order in which the 3 groups of winged insects (the Pterygota) diverged from their common ancestor has important implications for understanding the origin of insect flight. But despite this importance, the split between the Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies), Ephemeroptera (mayflies), and Neoptera (the other winged orders) remains very much unresolved. Indeed, previous studies have obtained strong apparent support for each of the 3 possible branching patterns. Here, we present a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Systematic Biology
DOI: 10.1093/sysbio/sys093


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