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Unraveling bovin phylogeny: accomplishments and challenges

Faysal Bibi1* and Elisabeth S Vrba2

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1 Institut de Paléoprimatologie et Paléontologie humaine: Evolution et Paléoenvironnements CNRS UMR 6046, Université de Poitiers, 40 av. du Recteur Pineau, 86022, Poitiers, France

2 Department of Geology & Geophysics, PO Box 208109, Yale University, Connecticut 06520, USA

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BMC Biology 2010, 8:50  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-50

Published: 29 April 2010


The phylogenetic systematics of bovin species forms a common basis for studies at multiple scales, from the level of domestication in populations to major cladogenesis. The main big-picture accomplishments of this productive field, including two recent works, one in BMC Genomics, are reviewed with an eye for some of the limitations and challenges impeding progress. See Research article