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Phylogeny and classification of birds : a study in molecular evolution

Author: Charles G Sibley; Jon E Ahlquist
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, cop. 1990
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.
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Presents the results of a study of the evolutionary history and classification of living birds based on comparisons of the DNAs (genetic material) of about 1700 species. It presents the methodology  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles G Sibley; Jon E Ahlquist
ISBN: 0300040857 9780300040852
OCLC Number: 1091623276
Description: XXIII, 976 p. : il. ; 26 cm
Contents: Part 1: a brief history; structure and properties of DNA; gene structure and function; genetic regulation; DNA reassociation and thermal stability; the sequence organization of the genome; the families of repeated DNA; homology; comparative DNA-DNA studies; materials and methods; data analysis; tempo of evolution; demographic factors and rates of DNA evolution; a chronological survey of the classification of birds; principles and methods of classification; classification of birds based on DNA-DNA hybridization; melting curves and dendrograms. Part 2: accounts of the groups of birds.
Responsibility: Charles G. Sibley and Jon E. Ahlquist

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