Journal article

Rates of albumin evolution in parrots (Aves: Psittaciformes)

PR Baverstock, L Christidis, M Krieg, J Birrell

Australian Journal of Zoology | Published : 1992


A number of lines of evidence suggest that the rate of molecular evolution in birds is slower than in other vertebrates. This hypothesis was tested by measuring the extent of amino-acid sequence divergence in albumin among species of parrots by means of microcomplement fixation. This group was chosen because its modern distribution is strongly suggestive of a Gondwanan origin. The results show that the intercontinental albumin distances are well below those expected for a Gondwanan group. These data are in accord with the hypothesis that birds have a slower rate of molecular evolution, although other explanations are possible.

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