Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 165–174 | Cite as

General relationships of mammalian orders and evolutionary development of primates inferred from best-fit α-globin phylogenies

  • Shama Barnabas
  • R. Usha
  • T. N. Guru Row
  • John Barnabas


A best-fit α-globin phylogeny was identified by means of a global minimization approach from among the topologies generated by a parsimony strategy. Zip parsimony method was used to derive a set of near-parsimonious trees. For each of these topologies, a difference matrix was computed; and the topology with the best goodness of fit with the original matrix was retained as the best tree. Based on this phylogenetic scheme inter-relationships among eutherian orders and the evolutionary development of primates has been discussed.


α-Globin phylogeny zip parsimony method global minimization approach eutherian order inter-relationships primate lineage 

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Average per cent standard deviation


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shama Barnabas
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. Usha
    • 1
  • T. N. Guru Row
    • 1
  • John Barnabas
    • 1
  1. 1.Molecular Evolution UnitNational Chemical LaboratoryPuneIndia
  2. 2.Post Graduate School for Biological StudiesAhmednagar CollegeAhmednagarIndia

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