Molecular and morphological supertrees for eutherian (placental) mammals

F. G.R. Liu, M. M. Miyamoto, N. P. Freire, P. Q. Ong, M. R. Tennant, T. S. Young, K. F. Gugel

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Abstract

A large body of diverse comparative data now exists for a major phylogenetic synthesis of the higher-level relationships among eutherian (placental) mammals. We present such a phylogenetic synthesis using the composite trees or supertrees from the combined and separate analyses of their published molecular and morphological source phylogenies. Our combined and separate supertrees largely support the same suprafamilial taxa and orders, but different interordinal clades. These similarities and differences reinforce the continuing contributions of morphological studies, while highlighting the growing influence of molecular information on the field. As current summaries of past research, our supertrees emphasize opportunities for future work, while providing a step toward the eventual integration of the data and characters themselves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1786-1789
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume291
Issue number5509
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Mar 2001

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