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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 27, No. 6, 2006, pp. 657-665
Bioline Code: zr06099
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 27, No. 6, 2006, pp. 657-665

 en Summary of Phylogeny in Mammalian Order Carnivora
YU Li, ZHANG Ya-ping

Abstract

Tracing evolutionary relationships among organisms and re-constructing species phylogenetic trees is vital in evolutionary biology. Species in the mammalian order of Carnivora rank top in the animal food chain. Most carnivores have received great interest in the conservation of wild animals and are also crucial model animals for the study of the molecular mechanisms of adaptive evolution. As an order bearing important evolutionarily significance and conservation value, the phylogeny of Carnivora has received special attention. In this article, we reviewed higher-level (interfamilial) phylogeny of carnivores based on previous cytological, morphological and molecular evidence and indicated the existing phylogenetic problems. This review is expected to guide future research of carnivore phylogeny, and also provide theoretical evidence for the use of this order as a model in the study of adaptive evolution.

Keywords
Carnivora; Caniformia; Feliformia; Phylogenetic tree; Mitochondrial DNA; Nuclear genes

 
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