A Phylogeny of Rodentia and Other Eutherian Orders: Parsimony Analysis Utilizing Amino Acid Sequences of Alpha and Beta Hemoglobin Chains

  • Jeheskel Shoshani
  • Morris Goodman
  • John Czelusniak
  • Gerhard Braunitzer
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Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes (ASI) Series book series (NSSA, volume 92)


Recent evidence of a mass extinction of eukaryotic life at the Cretaceous-Paleocene boundary, 65 million years ago, (e.g., Alvarez et al., 1984; Smit and Van der Kaars, 1984) strengthens the traditional view of a bush-like pattern of origin and radiation for the 18 or more orders in the infraclass Eutheria. Apparently several basal eutherian lineages survived the extinction and embarked 65 million years ago on a burst of cladogenetic change during which a series of dichotomous branchings occurred in rapid succession. Clearly it will not be easy to resolve such a bush-like pattern into a discriminating and accurate tree. Nevertheless, the molecular biological analysis of phylogeny promises to contribute significantly to this effort at resolving the branching pattern of this eutherian bush. Protein amino acid sequencing provides a major source of the molecular biological data. In this paper we focus on a genealogical reconstruction, carried out by the parsimony method, on alpha and beta hemoglobin sequences from 83 vertebrate species, 58 of which are placental mammals representing 13 of the 18 or so extant orders of Eutheria. Among the represented orders is Rodentia, the phylogeny of which is the topic of this symposium.


Maximum Parsimony Mute Swan Protein Amino Acid Sequencing Cavia Porcellus Microtine Rodent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeheskel Shoshani
    • 1
  • Morris Goodman
    • 1
    • 2
  • John Czelusniak
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gerhard Braunitzer
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy, School of MedicineWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  3. 3.Abteilung Proteinchemie Martinsried bei MünchenMax-Planck-Institute für BiochemieMunichWest Germany

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