MegapodesJoseph W. Brown
This tree diagram shows the relationships between several groups of organisms.
The root of the current tree connects the organisms featured in this tree to their containing group and the rest of the Tree of Life. The basal branching point in the tree represents the ancestor of the other groups in the tree. This ancestor diversified over time into several descendent subgroups, which are represented as internal nodes and terminal taxa to the right.
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Summary tree based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequence data (Birks and Edwards, 2002). This tree is consistent with a morphological character-based reconstruction (Jones et al., 1995) except for the placement of the root (within the mound builders for the latter). A. bruijnii, four species of Megapodius (M. bernsteinii, M. laperouse, M. nicobariensis, and M. geelvinkianus) and two species of Talegalla (T. cuvieri and T. jobiensis) were not included in these analyses.
Birks, S. M., and S. V. Edwards. 2002. A phylogeny of the megapodes (Aves: Megapodiidae) based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 23: 408-421.
Clark, G. A. 1964. Life histories and the evolution of megapodes. Living Bird 3: 149-167.
Frith, H. J. 1956. Breeding habits of the family Megapodiidae. Ibis 98: 620-640.
Gill, F. and M. Wright. 2006. Birds of the World: Recommended English Names. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press.
Jones, D., and S. Birks. 1992. Megapodes: recent ideas on origins, adaptations and reproduction. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 7: 88-91.
Jones, D. N., R. W. R. J. Dekker, and C. S. Roselaar. 1995. The Megapodes. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Joseph W. Brown
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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