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Data from: Adaptive landscape and functional diversity of Neotropical cichlids: implications for the ecology and evolution of Cichlinae (Cichlidae; Cichliformes)

Jessica H. Arbour & Hernan López-Fernández
Morphological, lineage and ecological diversity can vary substantially even among closely related lineages. Factors that influence morphological diversification, especially in functionally relevant traits, can help to explain the modern distribution of disparity across phylogenies and communities. Multivariate axes of feeding functional morphology from 75 species of Neotropical cichlid and a stepwise-AIC algorithm were used to estimate the adaptive landscape of functional morphospace in Cichlinae. Adaptive landscape complexity and convergence, as well as the functional diversity...

Data from: A targeted next-generation sequencing toolkit for exon-based cichlid phylogenomics

Katriina L. Ilves & Hernán López-Fernández
Cichlid fishes (family Cichlidae) are models for evolutionary and ecological research. Massively parallel sequencing approaches have been successfully applied to study relatively recent diversification in groups of African and Neotropical cichlids, but such technologies have yet to be used for addressing larger scale phylogenetic questions of cichlid evolution. Here we describe a process for identifying putative single-copy exons from five African cichlid genomes and sequence the targeted exons for a range of divergent (> tens...

Data from: Rates of dinosaur body mass evolution indicate 170 million years of sustained ecological innovation on the avian stem lineage

Roger B. J. Benson, Nicolás E. Campione, Matthew T. Carrano, Philip D. Mannion, Corwin Sullivan, Paul Upchurch & David C. Evans
Large-scale adaptive radiations might explain the runaway success of a minority of extant vertebrate clades. This hypothesis predicts, among other things, rapid rates of morphological evolution during the early history of major groups, as lineages invade disparate ecological niches. However, few studies of adaptive radiation have included deep time data, so the links between extant diversity and major extinct radiations are unclear. The intensively studied Mesozoic dinosaur record provides a model system for such investigation,...

Data from: Genomic support for a moa-tinamou clade and adaptive morphological convergence in flightless ratites

Allan J. Baker, Oliver Haddrath, John D. McPherson & Alison Cloutier
One of the most startling discoveries in avian molecular phylogenetics is that the volant tinamous are embedded in the flightless ratites, but this topology remains controversial because recent morphological phylogenies place tinamous as the closest relative of a monophyletic ratite clade. Here, we integrate new phylogenomic sequences from 1,448 nuclear DNA loci totalling almost one million base pairs from the extinct little bush moa, Chilean tinamou and emu with available sequences from ostrich, elegant crested...

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  • 2014

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  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • University of Toronto
  • Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • University College London
  • Imperial College London
  • Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Uppsala University
  • University of Oxford