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Diversity of Neotropical rodents (Rodentia: Sciuridae, Cricetidae, Echimyidae): Origin, Evolution and Biogeography

Grant number: 22/16202-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2023
Effective date (End): January 31, 2025
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal Investigator:Alexandre Reis Percequillo
Grantee:Sergio David Bolívar Leguizamón
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:20/11444-0 - Diversity of neotropical rodents (Rodentia: Sciuridae, Cricetidae, Echimyidae): origin, evolution and biogeography, AP.TEM


With a large part of the biodiversity of mammals represented by rodents, this group of mammals has been the focus of different studies that seek to better understand its diversification processes. However, it is still unclear how incomplete taxonomic sampling, more robust phylogenetic hypotheses and geography can influence the inference of these diversification processes. Thus, the present proposal seeks to make use of genomic data (Ultraconserved Elements - UCEs -) and modern analytical approaches to identify macroevolutionary changes in three families of Neotropical rodents (Sciuridae, Cricetidae, Echimyidae).

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