publication . Other literature type . Article . 1997

Phylogenetic reconstruction of the felidae using 16S rRNA and NADH-5 mitochondrial genes

Stephen J. O'Brien; Warren E. Johnson;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1997
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Abstract
The Felidae family represents a challenge for molecular phylogenetic reconstruction because it consists of 38 living species that evolved from a relatively recent common ancestor (10–15 million years ago). We have determined mitochondrial DNA sequences from two genes that evolve at relatively rapid evolutionary rates, 16S rRNA (379 bp) and NADH dehydrogenase subunit 5 (NADH-5, 318 bp), from multiple individuals of 35 species. Based on separate and combined gene analyses using minimum evolution, maximum parsimony, and maximum likelihood phylogenetic methods, we recognized eight significant clusters or species clades that likely reflect separate monophyletic evolu...
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free text keywords: Genetics, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Molecular Biology, Phylogenetic tree, Zoology, Computational phylogenetics, Maximum parsimony, Clade, Phylogenetics, Evolutionary biology, Mitochondrial DNA, Phylogenetic network, Biology, Monophyly
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