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Researchers Greatly Improve Evolutionary Tree of Life for Mammals

September 22, 2011

Mark Springer An international research team led by biologists at the University of California, Riverside, and Texas A&M University has released for the first time, a large and robust DNA matrix that has representation for all mammalian families. The matrix--the culmination of about five years of painstaking research--has representatives for 99 percent of mammalian families, and covers not only the earliest history of mammalian diversification but also all the deepest divergences among living mammals. Full Story

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