Lemur Phylogeny


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A collaborative effort between the Duke Lemur Center, the German Primate Centre, Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, and NESCent has produced a new tool for resolving problematic phylogenies. This tool was designed to address weak taxonomic sampling that has prevented researchers from drawing conclusions about relationships within the lemur phylogeny. As the sister clade to primates, a complete picture of lemur evolution has important connotations in comparative studies of primates.

Jim Balhoff, Research Programmer at NESCent, and Gregory Wray, Duke Professor and NESCent Operations Committee member, were co-authors on this paper.

Hovarth, J.E., Weisrock, D.W., Embry, S.L., Fiorentino, I., Balhoff, J.P., Kappeler, P., Wray, G.A., Willard, H.F., Yoder, A.D. (2008) Development and application of a phylogenomic toolkit: Resolving the evolutionary history of Madagascar's lemurs. Genome Research online Feb. 1 doi: 10.1101/gr.7265208

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