- Phylogenomic analyses support the position of turtles as the sister group of birds and crocodiles (Archosauria)
Institut des Sciences de l Evolution, UMR5554 CNRS IRD, Universite Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France
BMC Biol 10:65. 2012
..Genome-scale data have been shown to be useful in resolving other debated phylogenies, but no such adequate dataset is yet available for amniotes...
- Phylogeography of Sardinian cave salamanders (genus Hydromantes) is mainly determined by geomorphology
Institut des Sciences de l Evolution, CNRS UMR n 5554, CC 064, Universite Montpellier II, Montpellier, France
PLoS ONE 7:e32332. 2012
..While these salamander species can also occur outside caves, our results indicate that there is a very poor dispersal of these species between separate cave systems...
- Morphometrics parallel genetics in a newly discovered and endangered taxon of Galápagos tortoise
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and YIBS Molecular Systematics and Conservation Genetics Lab, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
PLoS ONE 4:e6272. 2009
..Because the turtle shell is a complex heritable trait, our results suggest that, for the Cerro Fatal population, non-neutral loci have probably experienced a parallel decrease in variability as that observed for the genetic data...
- Study of the carapace shape and growth in two Galápagos tortoise lineages
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520 8106, USA
J Morphol 272:379-86. 2011
..Furthermore, females have a more elongated and wider carapace shape than males. Finally, carapace shape changes with growth, with vertebral scutes becoming narrower and pleural scutes becoming larger during late ontogeny...
- Morphometric identification of individuals when there are more shape variables than reference specimens: a case study in Galápagos tortoises
CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos Campus Agrário de Vairão, Portugal
C R Biol 335:62-8. 2012
..Assignment of museum samples of unknown origin suggests that they mostly belong to only one of the two lineages...
- Base composition, selection, and phylogenetic significance of indels in the recombination activating gene-1 in vertebrates
Lehrstuhl fur Zoologie und Evolutionsbiologie, Department of Biology, University of Konstanz, 78457 Konstanz, Germany
Front Zool 6:32. 2009
..We also analyze possible differences between distinct parts of the gene with different type of protein functions...
- Dating cryptodiran nodes: origin and diversification of the turtle superfamily Testudinoidea
João M Lourenço
Institut des Sciences de l Evolution, Universite Montpellier 2, CC064, Place Eugene Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 05, France
Mol Phylogenet Evol 62:496-507. 2012
..Our results revealed that the earliest divergences within crown testudinoids occurred around 95.0 Mya, in the early Late Cretaceous, earlier than previously reported, raising new questions about the historical biogeography of this group...