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Re: Turtle phylogeny (free pdf)



Some buzz on Twitter about this paper today, which creates the
Achelosauria. The paper is now in open access but is still in
manuscript form.



On Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 8:31 AM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
> Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
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> A new online paper:
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> Nicholas G. Crawford, James F. Parham, Anna B. Sellas, Brant C.
> Faircloth, Travis C. Glenn, Theodore J. Papenfuss, James B. Henderson,
> Madison H. Hansen & W. Brian Simison (2014)
> A phylogenomic analysis of turtles.
> Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (advance online publication)
> DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2014.10.021
> http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790314003819
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> Highlights
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> 2,004 Ultraconserved element (UCE) loci resolve relationships among
> living turtles.
> The UCE phylogeny is used to test and development a phylogenetic nomenclature.
> The UCE phylogeny is more consistent with biogeography and
> stratigraphy of fossil turtles than morphological hypotheses.
> The UCE phylogeny provides a scaffold for paleontological studies.
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> Abstract
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> Molecular analyses of turtle relationships have overturned prevailing
> morphological hypotheses and prompted the development of a new
> taxonomy. Here we provide the first genome-scale analysis of turtle
> phylogeny. We sequenced 2,381 ultraconserved element (UCE) loci
> representing a total of 1,718,154 bp of aligned sequence. Our sampling
> includes 32 turtle taxa representing all 14 recognized turtle families
> and an additional six outgroups. Maximum likelihood, Bayesian, and
> species tree methods produce a single resolved phylogeny. This robust
> phylogeny shows that proposed phylogenetic names correspond to
> well-supported clades, and this topology is more consistent with the
> temporal appearance of clades and paleobiogeography. Future studies of
> turtle phylogeny using fossil turtles should use this topology as a
> scaffold for their morphological phylogenetic analyses.