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The global diversity of birds in space and time
Current global patterns of biodiversity result from processes that operate over both space and time and thus require an integrated macroecological and macroevolutionary perspective. Molecular timeExpand
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LIKELIHOOD OF ANCESTOR STATES IN ADAPTIVE RADIATION
Theories of ecological diversification make predictions about the timing and ordering of character state changes through history. These theories are testable by “reconstructing” ancestor states usingExpand
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EARLY BURSTS OF BODY SIZE AND SHAPE EVOLUTION ARE RARE IN COMPARATIVE DATA
George Gaylord Simpson famously postulated that much of life's diversity originated as adaptive radiations—more or less simultaneous divergences of numerous lines from a single ancestral adaptiveExpand
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Inferring Evolutionary Process from Phylogenetic Tree Shape
Inferences about macroevolutionary processes have traditionally depended solely on the fossil record, but such inferences can be strengthened by also considering the shapes of the phylogenetic treesExpand
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Tempo and mode of evolution revealed from molecular phylogenies.
The analysis of the tempo and mode of evolution has a strong tradition in paleontology. Recent advances in molecular phylogenetic reconstruction make it possible to complement this work by using dataExpand
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Global Distribution and Conservation of Evolutionary Distinctness in Birds
BACKGROUND Integrated, efficient, and global prioritization approaches are necessary to manage the ongoing loss of species and their associated function. "Evolutionary distinctness" measures aExpand
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Targeting global conservation funding to limit immediate biodiversity declines
Inadequate funding levels are a major impediment to effective global biodiversity conservation and are likely associated with recent failures to meet United Nations biodiversity targets. SomeExpand
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Converting Endangered Species Categories to Probabilities of Extinction for Phylogenetic Conservation Prioritization
Background Categories of imperilment like the global IUCN Red List have been transformed to probabilities of extinction and used to rank species by the amount of imperiled evolutionary history theyExpand
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Using Phylogenies to Test Macroevolutionary Hypotheses of Trait Evolution in Cranes (Gruinae)
We present a novel phylogenetic approach to the study of trait evolution. We compare explicit models describing the evolution of phenotypic characters over the phylogeny of a group, employing aExpand
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A guide to phylogenetic metrics for conservation, community ecology and macroecology
The use of phylogenies in ecology is increasingly common and has broadened our understanding of biological diversity. Ecological sub‐disciplines, particularly conservation, community ecology andExpand
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