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Molecular phylogeny, biogeography, and habitat preference evolution of Marsupials

Mitchell, Kieren J.; Pratt, Renae; Watson, Laura N.; Gibb, Gillian C.; Llamas, Bastien; Kasper, Marta; Edson, Janette; Hopwood, Blair; Male, Dean; Armstrong, Kyle N.; Meyer, Matthias; Hofreiter, Michael


Marsupials exhibit great diversity in ecology and morphology. However, compared with their sister group, the placental mammals, our understanding of many aspects of marsupial evolution remains limited. We use 101 mitochondrial genomes and data from 26 nuclear loci to reconstruct a dated phylogeny including 97% of extant genera and 58% of modern marsupial species. This tree allows us to analyze the evolution of habitat preference and geographic distributions of marsupial species through time. We...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Molecular Biology and Evolution
DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msu176


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