Conserved sequences identify the closest living relatives of primates
- Received Date: 2019-03-30
- Accepted Date: 2019-08-06
- Publish Date: 2019-10-14
Abstract: Elucidating the closest living relatives of extant primates is essential for fully understanding important biological processes related to the genomic and phenotypic evolution of primates, especially of humans. However, the phylogenetic placement of these primate relatives remains controversial, with three primary hypotheses currently espoused based on morphological and molecular evidence. In the present study, we used two algorithms to analyze differently partitioned genomic datasets consisting of 45.4 Mb of conserved non-coding elements and 393 kb of concatenated coding sequences to test these hypotheses. We assessed different genomic histories and compared with other molecular studies found solid support for colugos being the closest living relatives of primates. Our phylogeny showed Cercopithecinae to have low levels of nucleotide divergence, especially for Papionini, and gibbons to have a high rate of divergence. The MCMCtree comprehensively updated divergence dates of early evolution of Primatomorpha and Primates.
|Citation:||Mei-Ling Zhang, Ming-Li Li, Adeola Oluwakemi Ayoola, Robert W. Murphy, Dong-Dong Wu, Yong Shao. Conserved sequences identify the closest living relatives of primates. Zoological Research, 2019, 40(6): 532-540. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2019.057|