Data from: Are there general laws for digit evolution in squamates? The loss and re-evolution of digits in a clade of fossorial lizards (Brachymeles, Scincinae)
Wagner, Günter P., Yale University, Wayne State University
Griffith, Oliver W., Yale University
Bergmann, Philip J., Clark University
Bello-Hellegouarch, Gaelle, University of Oklahoma
Kohlsdorf, Tiana, University of Sao Paulo
Bhullar, Anjan, Yale University
Siler, Cameron D., University of Oklahoma
Published Apr 24, 2019 on Dryad.
Cite this dataset
Wagner, Günter P. et al. (2019). Data from: Are there general laws for digit evolution in squamates? The loss and re-evolution of digits in a clade of fossorial lizards (Brachymeles, Scincinae) [Dataset]. Dryad. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.jr0d5h7
Evolutionary simplification of autopodial structures is a major theme in studies of body‐form evolution. Previous studies on amniotes have supported Morse's law, that is, that the first digit reduced is Digit I, followed by Digit V. Furthermore, the question of reversibility for evolutionary digit loss and its implications for “Dollo's law” remains controversial. Here, we provide an analysis of limb and digit evolution for the skink genus Brachymeles. Employing phylogenetic, morphological, osteological, and myological data, we (a) test the hypothesis that digits have re‐evolved, (b) describe patterns of morphological evolution, and (c) investigate whether patterns of digit loss are generalizable across taxa. We found strong statistical support for digit, but not limb re‐evolution. The feet of pentadactyl species of Brachymeles are very similar to those of outgroup species, while the hands of these lineages are modified (2‐3‐3‐3‐2) and a have a reduced set of intrinsic hand muscles. Digit number variation suggests a more labile Digit V than Digit I, contrary to Morse's law. The observed pattern of digit variation is different from that of other scincid lizards (Lerista, Hemiergis, Carlia). Our results present the first evidence of clade‐specific modes of digit reduction.
Chronogram in Newick Format
Newick formatted chronogram file resulting from fossil-calibrated BEAST analyses.
Chronogram in Nexus File Format
Nexus file formatted chronograph resulting from fossil-calibrated analysis in BEAST
Concatenated Nexus Alignment File
Nexus sequence alignment file with concatenated sequence data for the four loci employed in the study (ND1, BDNF, PTGER4, R35). Character block presented at the bottom of the file showing coding regions.
Morphological character data used for ancestral state reconstructions showing finger, toe and limb states for all taxa included in analyses, along with associated specimen voucher numbers.
National Science Foundation, Award: NSF IOS-1353683