Topical Collection "Feature Papers in Phylogeny and Evolution"
Topical Collection Information
As Diversity is a generalist journal, we hereby invite authors to submit articles outlining the state of the art of some special features concerning phylogeny and evolution, dealing with all aspects of the evolution and phylogeny of organisms, both living and extinct.
Specialized or local studies will be evaluated only if discussion leads to/illustrates general questions/conclusions relevant to evolution and phylogeny. Both descriptive studies and more theoretical papers are acceptable.
The following list includes some of the topics covered:
- Evolutionary biology;
- Phylogenetic reconstruction;
- Evolution of ecosystems;
- Invertebrate palaeontology;
- Vertebrate palaeontology;
- Fossil record;
- Molecular phylogeny;
- Ancient DNA;
- Evolutionary biogeography;
- Island biogeography;
- Evolution of behavior;
- Evolutionary patterns;
- Mechanisms of evolution;
- Factors of evolutionary change;
- Climate change and evolution.
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Dr. Eric Buffetaut
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- molecular phylogeny
Published Papers (2 papers)
Characterization of Two New Apodemus Mitogenomes (Rodentia: Muridae) and Mitochondrial Phylogeny of Muridae
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is the most common small rodent species in the Palearctic realm and an ideal species for biogeographical research and understanding environmental changes. Elucidating phylogenetic relationships will help us better understand species adaptation and genetic evolution. Due to its stable structure, maternal inheritance,
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is the most common small rodent species in the Palearctic realm and an ideal species for biogeographical research and understanding environmental changes. Elucidating phylogenetic relationships will help us better understand species adaptation and genetic evolution. Due to its stable structure, maternal inheritance, and rapid evolution, the mitogenome has become a hot spot for taxonomic and evolutionary studies. In this research, we determined the mitochondrial genome of Apodemus agrarius ningpoensis
and Apodemus draco draco
and studied the phylogeny of Muridae using ML and BI trees based on all known complete mitogenomes. The mitochondrial genome of Apodemus agrarius ningpoensis
was 16,262 bp, whereas that of Apodemus draco draco
was 16,222 bp, and both encoded 13 protein-coding genes, 2 ribosomal RNA genes, and 22 transfer RNA genes. Analysis of base composition showed a clear A-T preference. All tRNAs except tRNASer
formed a typical trilobal structure. All protein-coding genes contained T- and TAA as stop codons. Phylogeny analysis revealed two main branches in the Muridae family. Apodemus agrarius ningpoensis
formed sister species with Apodemus chevrieri
, whereas Apodemus draco draco
with Apodemus latronum
. Our findings provide theoretical basis for future studies focusing on the mitogenome evolution of Apodemus
Phylogenetic Reconstruction of the Rainforest Lineage Fontainea Heckel (Euphorbiaceae) Based on Chloroplast DNA Sequences and Reduced-Representation SNP Markers
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is a plant genus with nine recognised species that occur across the tropical and subtropical rainforests of Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu. One of these species is cultivated commercially as the source of a cancer therapeutic, and several other
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is a plant genus with nine recognised species that occur across the tropical and subtropical rainforests of Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu. One of these species is cultivated commercially as the source of a cancer therapeutic, and several other species are under threat of extinction. Despite this, the phylogenetic relationships of the genus have not been explored. Our study assessed the phylogeny of seven Fontainea
taxa from the Australian and Pacific Island complex using chloroplast DNA sequence data and reduced-representation genome sequencing. Maximum-likelihood and consensus network trees were used to infer the topology of phylogenetic relationships between species, which highlighted three distinct lineages and a number of sister species. Our results indicated that the geographically disjunct species Fontainea venosa
and F. pancheri
formed a sister group at the earliest position of divergence for the genus. The data also revealed that the vulnerable Fontainea australis
and the critically endangered F. oraria
form a sister subclade with evidence of some shared plastid genotypes. Generally, our phylogenetic reconstruction supports the modern taxonomical nomenclature. However, we suggest further accessions across several species may support improved genetic distinctions between the sister groups of Fontainea
within the genus.