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About Citation title: "The Late Miocene Radiation of Modern Felidae: A Genetic Assessment.".
About Study name: "The Late Miocene Radiation of Modern Felidae: A Genetic Assessment.".
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Johnson W.E., Eizirik E., Pecon-slattery J., Murphy W., Antunes A., Teeling E., & O'brien S. 2006. The Late Miocene Radiation of Modern Felidae: A Genetic Assessment. Science, 311(5757): 73-77.


  • Johnson W.E.
  • Eizirik E.
  • Pecon-slattery J.
  • Murphy W.
  • Antunes A.
  • Teeling E.
  • O'brien S.


Modern felid species descend from relatively recent (G11 million years ago) divergence and speciation events that produced successful predatory carnivores worldwide but that have confounded taxonomic classifications. A highly resolved molecular phylogeny with divergence dates for all living cat species, derived from autosomal, X-linked, Y-linked, and mitochondrial gene segments (22,789 base pairs) and 16 fossil calibrations define eight principal lineages produced through at least 10 intercontinental migrations facilitated by sea-level fluctuations. A ghost lineage analysis indicates that available felid fossils underestimate (i.e., unrepresented basal branch length) first occurrence by an average of 76%, revealing a low representation of felid lineages in paleontological remains. The phylogenetic performance of distinct gene classes showed that Y-chromosome segments are appreciably more informative than mitochondrial DNA, X-linked, or autosomal genes in resolving the rapid Felidae species radiation.

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