Nature Paper Resolves Bird Tree of Life

The first Anchored Phylogenomics project in birds resolves one of the greatest challenges in dinosaur systematics: resolving the deep branches of the avian phylogeny. The combination of high taxon sampling and high levels of phylogenetic information in anchored loci facilitated identification of several novel clades and successfully placed enigmatic species.

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Roots of Madagascar snake radiation elucidated

Anchored Phylogenomic data provide support for a monophyletic radiation of Pseudoxyrhophiine snakes in Madagascar. Feeding specialization associated with tooth venom delivery is thought to have played a major role in the early diversification of this radiation.

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Breaking ground in fish phylogenomics

Improved modeling and Anchored Phylogenomic data facilitate resolution of deep relationships in the fish clade Ovalentaria. This study collected data using the original Vertebrate v1 capture probe design. We have since developed a much improved fish-specific design that have been used in several projects currently underway.

Scincid lizard phylogeny resolved at shallow and deep levels

Anchored Phylogenomics provided resolution at both phylogeographic and phylogenetic levels in skinks. In a comparison to transcriptome data, Anchored Phylogenomic data sets were found to perform as well or better and to be more cost effective, thus allowing greater taxon sampling. This study collected data using the original Vertebrate v1 capture probe design. We have since developed a much improved amniote-specific design.

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Anchored phylogenomic data from thousands of snake species are accumulating rapidly. Our collaborators are aiming to sequence every species on the planet—for the same set of 400 hundred loci.