Phylogeny of the Ferungulata (Mammalia: Laurasiatheria) as determined from phylogenomic data

Zhuo cheng Hou, Roberto Romero, Derek E. Wildman

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Great progress has been made toward resolving the evolutionary relationships among extant mammals, yet there are still areas of disagreement. The relationships among ferungulates that have high quality draft genome sequences available (i.e. dog, cow, horse) are unresolved, and thus we examined their phylogeny using currently known mammalian 1:1 orthologs. This dataset consists of 40 million base pairs from 2705 protein-coding genes. Maximum likelihood and Bayesian analyses of the combined and individual gene phylogenies strongly support a sister grouping of cow and horse to the exclusion of dog although topology tests could not rule out a horse and dog sister group relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)660-664
Number of pages5
JournalMolecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Carnivora
  • Cetartiodactyla
  • Ferungulata
  • Molecular phylogeny
  • Perissodactyla

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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