Mark S Springer


Affiliation: University of California
Country: USA


  1. Springer M. Phylogenetics: bats united, microbats divided. Curr Biol. 2013;23:R999-R1001 pubmed publisher
  2. Springer M, Signore A, Paijmans J, Vélez Juarbe J, Domning D, Bauer C, et al. Interordinal gene capture, the phylogenetic position of Steller's sea cow based on molecular and morphological data, and the macroevolutionary history of Sirenia. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2015;91:178-93 pubmed publisher
  3. Springer M, Gatesy J. The gene tree delusion. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2016;94:1-33 pubmed publisher
    ..Coalescence approaches based on SNPs that are widely spaced in the genome avoid problems with the recombination ratchet and merit further pursuit in both empirical systematic research and simulations. ..
  4. Emerling C, Huynh H, Nguyen M, Meredith R, Springer M. Spectral shifts of mammalian ultraviolet-sensitive pigments (short wavelength-sensitive opsin 1) are associated with eye length and photic niche evolution. Proc Biol Sci. 2015;282: pubmed publisher
  5. Springer M, Westerman M, Kavanagh J, Burk A, Woodburne M, Kao D, et al. The origin of the Australasian marsupial fauna and the phylogenetic affinities of the enigmatic monito del monte and marsupial mole. Proc Biol Sci. 1998;265:2381-6 pubmed
    ..The origin of the paraphyletic Australasian marsupial fauna may be accounted for by (i) multiple entries of australidelphians into Australia or (ii) bidirectional dispersal of australidelphians between Antarctica and Australia. ..
  6. Emerling C, Springer M. Genomic evidence for rod monochromacy in sloths and armadillos suggests early subterranean history for Xenarthra. Proc Biol Sci. 2015;282:20142192 pubmed publisher
    ..The presence of rod monochromacy has major implications for understanding xenarthran behavioural ecology and evolution. ..
  7. Foley N, Springer M, Teeling E. Mammal madness: is the mammal tree of life not yet resolved?. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2016;371: pubmed publisher
    ..The question of whether the mammal tree of life is or can be ever resolved is also addressed.This article is part of the themed issue 'Dating species divergences using rocks and clocks'. ..
  8. Springer M, Emerling C, Meredith R, Janečka J, Eizirik E, Murphy W. Waking the undead: Implications of a soft explosive model for the timing of placental mammal diversification. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2017;106:86-102 pubmed publisher
  9. Springer M, Gatesy J. Inactivation of the olfactory marker protein (OMP) gene in river dolphins and other odontocete cetaceans. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2017;109:375-387 pubmed publisher

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  1. Meredith R, Gatesy J, Springer M. Molecular decay of enamel matrix protein genes in turtles and other edentulous amniotes. BMC Evol Biol. 2013;13:20 pubmed publisher
    ..The widespread occurrence of EMP pseudogenes in turtles, birds, and edentulous/enamelless mammals also provides compelling evidence that in amniotes, the only unique, non-redundant function of these genes is in enamel formation. ..
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    Springer M, Cleven G, Madsen O, de Jong W, Waddell V, Amrine H, et al. Endemic African mammals shake the phylogenetic tree. Nature. 1997;388:61-4 pubmed
    ..12S ribosomal RNA transversions suggest that the base of this radiation occurred during Africa's window of isolation in the Cretaceous period before land connections were developed with Europe in the early Cenozoic era...
  3. Springer M, Meredith R, Gatesy J, Emerling C, Park J, Rabosky D, et al. Macroevolutionary dynamics and historical biogeography of primate diversification inferred from a species supermatrix. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e49521 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results highlight the power and limitations of inferring diversification dynamics from molecular phylogenies, as well as the sensitivity of diversification analyses to different species concepts...
  4. Springer M, Meredith R, Teeling E, Murphy W. Technical comment on "The placental mammal ancestor and the post-K-Pg radiation of placentals". Science. 2013;341:613 pubmed publisher
    ..This conclusion relies on phylogenetic analyses that fail to discriminate between homology and homoplasy and further implies virus-like rates of nucleotide substitution in early Paleocene placentals. ..
  5. Springer M, Starrett J, Morin P, Lanzetti A, Hayashi C, Gatesy J. Inactivation of C4orf26 in toothless placental mammals. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2016;95:34-45 pubmed publisher
    ..A caveat is that an alternative splice site variant, which translates exon 3 in a different reading frame, is putatively functional in Catarrhini and may have evolved an additional role in this primate clade. ..