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Approaches to the Resolution of Contradictions Between Phylogenetic Systems Based on Paleontological and Molecular Data

  • G. S. Rautian
  • A. S. Rautian
  • N. N. Kalandadze

Abstract

Essential differences between molecular and morphofunctional characteristics as sources of information about evolutionary development are discussed. Global historical geography of terrestrial vertebrates is considered as a source of information on the basic events in mammalian phylogeny and on the dates of emergence of certain lineages. It is emphasized that some aspects of zoogeographical reconstructions are supported by new data of the fossil record and comparative molecular studies.

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Fossil Record Early Cretaceous Middle Jurassic Terrestrial Vertebrate Therian Mammal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. S. Rautian
    • 1
  • A. S. Rautian
    • 1
  • N. N. Kalandadze
    • 1
  1. 1.Paleontological Institute, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscow117997 Russia

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