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Preserving the evolutionary potential of floras in biodiversity hotspots
This work shows taxon richness to be decoupled from PD, using a biome-wide phylogenetic analysis of the flora of an undisputed biodiversity hotspot—the Cape of South Africa and demonstrates that PD protection is the best strategy for preserving feature diversity in the Cape.
Origin and global diversification patterns of tropical rain forests: inferences from a complete genus-level phylogeny of palms
This work constructed the first complete genus-level dated phylogeny of a largely TRF-restricted plant family with a known history dating back to the Cretaceous, providing evidence that diversification of extant lineages of palms started during the mid-Cretaceous period about 100 million years ago.
Earth BioGenome Project: Sequencing life for the future of life
A perspective on the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP), a moonshot for biology that aims to sequence, catalog, and characterize the genomes of all of Earth’s eukaryotic biodiversity over a period of 10 years, is presented.
Complete generic-level phylogenetic analyses of palms (Arecaceae) with comparisons of supertree and supermatrix approaches.
This study demonstrates that supertree and supermatrix methods can provide effective, explicit, and complimentary mechanisms for synthesizing disjointed phylogenetic evidence while emphasizing the need for further refinement of supertree methods.
An evaluation of new parsimony‐based versus parametric inference methods in biogeography: a case study using the globally distributed plant family Sapindaceae
A parametric method, dispersal–extinction–cladogenesis (DEC), is compared against a parsimony‐based method, disperseal–vicariance analysis (DIVA), which does not incorporate branch lengths but accounts for phylogenetic uncertainty through a Bayesian empirical approach (Bayes‐DIVA).
Spatio‐temporal history of the endemic genera of Madagascar
An Eocene/Oligocene onset for the origin of the Madagascan generic endemic flora, with the majority arising in the Miocene or more recently is supported, de-emphasize the importance of the Gondwanan break-up on the evolution of the flora.
Teasing Apart Molecular- Versus Fossil-based Error Estimates when Dating Phylogenetic Trees: A Case Study in the Birch Family (Betulaceae)
A phylogenetic analysis of Betulaceae based on nuclear ribosomal DNA sequences is used as a case study and divergence times within the family are estimated using the nonparametric rate smoothing method of Sanderson and five calibration points from the extensive fossil record of this family.