Paleontological and molecular data suggest quite different patterns for the early evolution of placental mammals. Paleontological evidence indicates a radiation, with most of the extant orders diverging at approximately the same time, close to the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary, 65 Myr ago. Molecular evidence suggests a branching pattern of evolution that started much earlier. Resolving this discrepancy requires a consideration of the assumptions that underlie both approaches. It is argued here...[Show more]
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