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molecular anthropologyA field of evolutionary biology that analyses time-dependent changes in the human genome.
The rate of change in nucleotides is four times faster in some lower mammals (e.g., the rat) than in humans, raising the question whether the use of a universal molecular clock based on the rate of mutations can be used in sorting various species.
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