Reply to Camens : how recently did modern monotremes diversify?

Phillips, M.J., Bennett, T.H., & Lee, M.S.Y. (2010) Reply to Camens : how recently did modern monotremes diversify? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(4), E13-E13.

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Abstract

Camens (1) responds to our analysis of morphological data (2) in which platypuses (Ornithorhynchidae) and echidnas (Tachyglossidae) were inferred to be each other's closest relatives, to the exclusion of Early Cretaceous forms, Teinolophos and Steropodon. Our phylogeny is consistent with the late appearance of undisputed fossil echidnas and platypuses. Molecular dating provided important independent corroboration, revealing that platypuses and echidnas diverged only 19–48 Ma, implying that Teinolophos and Steropodon (105–121 Ma) must lie outside the platypus–echidna dichotomy...

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ID Code: 50525
Item Type: Review
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0913152107
ISSN: 1091-6490
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 24 May 2012 02:11
Last Modified: 24 May 2012 02:11

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