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rat/mouse divergence time ?

Marc Robinson robinson at evomol.univ-lyon1.fr
Wed Jan 15 11:22:35 EST 1997

In article <01IE8KW50XMA00DWG2 at RL0002.RULIMBURG.NL>, F.Schaap at FYS.UNIMAAS.NL writes:
>Current times reported for the rat/mouse divergence range from 10-25 mya. Who 
>knows which value is most reliable?

based on paleontology, a date of 12 Myr is usualy considered reasonnable.
Studies based on molecular clocks have pushed it back as far as 35 Myr,
and rarely obtain dates below 20 Myr.

This is a big difference, and I don't think one can simply tell which value
is most reliable. I tend to use the 12-14 Myr date, although a molecular
evolutionist, because I don't think much of molecular clocks, especialy not
in rodents.

some paleontological refs :

Jacobs, L. L., and Downs, W. R. (1994). The evolution of 
murine rodents in Asia. In Tomida, Y., Li, C., and Setoguchi, T. 
(Eds.), "Rodent and lagomorph families of Asian origin and 
diversification", Tokyo, vol. 8, pp. 149-156.
Jacobs, L. L., Flynn, L. J., and Downs, W. R. (1989). Neogene 
rodents of southern Asia. In Black, C. C., and Dawson, M. R. 
(Eds.), "Papers on fossil rodents in honor of Albert Elmer 
Wood", Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, 
Science Series n¡ 33, pp. 157-177.
Jacobs, L. L., Flynn, L. J., Downs, W. R., and Barry, J. C. 
(1990). Quo vadis, Antemus? The Siwalik muroid record. In 
Lindy, E. H., Fahlbusch, V., and Mein, P. (Eds.), "European 
Neogene Mammal Chronology", Plenum Press, New York, pp. 

some molecular refs :

O'hUigin, C. and Li, W.H. (1992) The molecular clock tiks 
regularly in muroid rodents and hamsters. J. Mol. Evol. 35: 377-
Janke, A., Feldmaier-Fuchs, G., Thomas, W.K., Von Haesler, 
A. and Paebo, S. (1994) The marsupial mitochondrial genome 
and the evolution of placental mammals. Genetics 137: 243-256
Frye, M.S. and Hedges, S.B. (1995) Monophyly of the order 
Rodentia inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences of the 
genes for 12S RNA, 16S RNA, and tRNA-Valine. Mol. Biol. 
Evol. 12: 168-176

hope this helps,
Marc Robinson

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