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The Late Miocene Radiation of Modern Felidae: A Genetic Assessment

Pecon-Slattery, Jill; Eizirik, Eduardo; Murphy, William J.; Johnson, Warren E.; Teeling, Emma C.; Antunes, Agostinho; O'Brien, Stephen J.


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{
  "DOI": "10.1126/science.1122277", 
  "abstract": "Modern felid species descend from relatively recent (<11 million years ago) divergence and speciation events that produced successful predatory carnivores worldwide but that have confounded taxonomic classifications. A highly resolved molecular phylogeny with divergence dates for all living cat species, derived from autosomal, X-linked, Y-linked, and mitochondrial gene segments (22,789 base pairs) and 16 fossil calibrations define eight principal lineages produced through at least 10 intercontinental migrations facilitated by sea-level fluctuations. A ghost lineage analysis indicates that available felid fossils underestimate (i.e., unrepresented basal branch length) first occurrence by an average of 76%, revealing a low representation of felid lineages in paleontological remains. The phylogenetic performance of distinct gene classes showed that Y-chromosome segments are appreciably more informative than mitochondrial DNA, X-linked, or autosomal genes in resolving the rapid Felidae species radiation.", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Pecon-Slattery, Jill"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Eizirik, Eduardo"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Murphy, William J."
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Johnson, Warren E."
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Teeling, Emma C."
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Antunes, Agostinho"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "O'Brien, Stephen J."
    }
  ], 
  "id": "1230866", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2006, 
        1, 
        6
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "title": "The Late Miocene Radiation of Modern Felidae: A Genetic Assessment", 
  "type": "article-journal"
}
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