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New Zealand passerines help clarify the diversification of major songbird lineages during the Oligocene


Gibb, GC and England, R and Hartig, G and McLenachan, PA and Taylor Smith, BL and McComish, BJ and Cooper, A and Penny, D, New Zealand passerines help clarify the diversification of major songbird lineages during the Oligocene, Genome Biology and Evolution, 7, (11) pp. 2983-2995. ISSN 1759-6653 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1093/gbe/evv196


Passerines are the largest avian order, and the 6,000 species comprise more than half of all extant bird species. This successful radiation probably had its origin in the Australasian region, but dating this origin has been difficult due to a scarce fossil record and poor biogeographic assumptions. Many of New Zealandís endemic passerines fall within the deeper branches of the passerine radiation, and a well resolved phylogeny for the modern New Zealand element in the deeper branches of the oscine lineage will help us understand both oscine and passerine biogeography. To this end we present complete mitochondrial genomes representing all families of New Zealand passerines in a phylogenetic framework of over 100 passerine species. Dating analyses of this robust phylogeny suggest Passeriformes originated in the early Paleocene, with the major lineages of oscines "escaping" from Australasia about 30 Ma, and radiating throughout the world during the Oligocene. This independently derived conclusion is consistent with the passerine fossil record.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:passeriformes, mitochondrial genomes, oscine biogeography
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Phylogeny and comparative analysis
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:McComish, BJ (Dr Bennet McComish)
ID Code:104853
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:34
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2015-11-23
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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