After a long time in the making my second dissertation chapter has been accepted for publication in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. This is an interesting example of convergent evolution which has confounded taxonomy until the inclusion of genetic data. From nuclear and mitochondrial markers we recovered the species, Dremomys everetti, is actually a species of Sundasciurus and not a long-nosed squirrel (genus Dremomys). Below is the graphical abstract for the paper. The Bornean Mountain Ground Squirrel (BMGS) was dated to have split from the true Dremomys over 11.5 million years ago.
Missy is a geneticist, and field biologist who enjoys both observing mammals in their natural environment and combining that with DNA detective work.