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Type: Journal article
Title: New Zealand passerines help clarify the diversification of major songbird lineages during the Oligocene
Author: Gibb, G.
England, R.
Hartig, G.
McLenachan, P.
Taylor Smith, B.
McComish, B.
Cooper, A.
Penny, D.
Citation: Genome Biology and Evolution, 2015; 7(11):2983-2995
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1759-6653
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Gillian C. Gibb, Ryan England, Gerrit Hartig, Patricia A., Trish, McLenachan, Briar L. Taylor Smith, Bennet J. McComish, Alan Cooper, and David Penny
Abstract: Passerines are the largest avian order, and the 6000 species comprise more than half of all extant bird species. This successful radiation probably had its origin in the Australasian region, but dating this origin has been difficult due to a scarce fossil record and poor biogeographic assumptions. Many of New Zealand's endemic passerines fall within the deeper branches of the passerine radiation, and a well resolved phylogeny for the modern New Zealand element in the deeper branches of the oscine lineage will help us understand both oscine and passerine biogeography. To this end we present complete mitochondrial genomes representing all families of New Zealand passerines in a phylogenetic framework of over 100 passerine species. Dating analyses of this robust phylogeny suggest Passeriformes originated in the early Paleocene, with the major lineages of oscines 'escaping' from Australasia about 30 Ma, and radiating throughout the world during the Oligocene. This independently derived conclusion is consistent with the passerine fossil record.
Keywords: Passeriformes; mitochondrial genomes; oscine biogeography
Rights: © The Author(s) 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact
RMID: 0030037695
DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evv196
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