Human mouse divergence timescale

Thorsten Burmester burmeste at
Tue Aug 22 05:53:39 EST 2000

rgrailhe wrote:
> Hello,
> I am looking for the latest information concerning the molecular time
> and fossil based time of divergence between the human and the rodents
> (mouse and rat).

Between 65 and 85 MYA. Look at:

Foote M, Hunter JP, Janis CM, Sepkoski JJ Jr (1999) Evolutionary and
preservational constraints on origins of biologic groups: Diver-gence
times of eutherian mammals. Science 283, 1310=961314

Lee MS (1999) Molecular clock calibrations and metazoan divergence=20
dates. J Mol Evol. 49, 385-391

Thorsten Burmester
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