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Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution

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Science  07 Nov 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6210, pp. 763-767
DOI: 10.1126/science.1257570

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Toward an insect evolution resolution

Insects are the most diverse group of animals, with the largest number of species. However, many of the evolutionary relationships between insect species have been controversial and difficult to resolve. Misof et al. performed a phylogenomic analysis of protein-coding genes from all major insect orders and close relatives, resolving the placement of taxa. The authors used this resolved phylogenetic tree together with fossil analysis to date the origin of insects to ~479 million years ago and to resolve long-controversial subjects in insect phylogeny.

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