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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 33, No. 6, 2012, pp. 65-74
Bioline Code: zr12087
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 33, No. 6, 2012, pp. 65-74

 en Summary of Laurasiatheria (Mammalia) Phylogeny
HU, Jingyang; ZHANG, Yaping & YU, Li


Laurasiatheria is one of the richest and most diverse superorders of placental mammals. Because this group had a rapid evolutionary radiation, the phylogenetic relationships among the six orders of Laurasiatheria remain a subject of heated debate and several issues related to its phylogeny remain open. Reconstructing the true phylogenetic relationships of Laurasiatheria is a significant case study in evolutionary biology due to the diversity of this suborder and such research will have significant implications for biodiversity conservation. We review the higher-level (inter-ordinal) phylogenies of Laurasiatheria based on previous cytogenetic, morphological and molecular data, and discuss the controversies of its phylogenetic relationship. This review aims to outline future researches on Laurasiatheria phylogeny and adaptive evolution.

Laurasiatheria; Phylogeny; Mitochondrial DNA; Nuclear genes; Phylogenomics

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