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Bayesian phylogenetic analysis of combined data.
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A Bayesian MCMC approach to the analysis of combined data sets was developed and its utility in inferring relationships among gall wasps based on data from morphology and four genes was explored, supporting the utility of morphological data in multigene analyses.
AWTY (are we there yet?): a system for graphical exploration of MCMC convergence in Bayesian phylogenetics
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A simple tool is presented that uses the output from MCMC simulations and visualizes a number of properties of primary interest in a Bayesian phylogenetic analysis, such as convergence rates of posterior split probabilities and branch lengths.
Tracing the impact of the Andean uplift on Neotropical plant evolution
Recent phylogenetic studies have revealed the major role played by the uplift of the Andes in the extraordinary diversification of the Neotropical flora. These studies, however, have typically
Accounting for phylogenetic uncertainty in biogeography: a Bayesian approach to dispersal-vicariance analysis of the thrushes (Aves: Turdus).
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A Bayesian approach to dispersal-vicariance analysis is applied that allows a more accurate analysis of the biogeographic history of lineages and finds that despite the uncertainty in tree topology, ancestral area reconstructions indicate that the Turdus clade originated in the eastern Palearctic during the Late Miocene.
Genome fluctuations in cyanobacteria reflect evolutionary, developmental and adaptive traits
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The different rates of genome-size evolution and multi-copy gene abundance suggest two routes of genome development in the history of cyanobacteria, which are driven by gene-family enlargment and generates a broad adaptive potential; while the genome streamlining strategy imposes adaptations to highly specific niches.
Genome Erosion in a Nitrogen-Fixing Vertically Transmitted Endosymbiotic Multicellular Cyanobacterium
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This is the first finding of genome degradation in a plant symbiont and phenotypically complex cyanobacterium and one of only a few extracellular endosymbionts described showing signs of reductive genome evolution.
A maximum-likelihood analysis of eight phylogenetic markers in gallwasps (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae): implications for insect phylogenetic studies.
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The data suggest that 28S rDNA, elongation factor 1-alpha, and long-wavelength opsin may be potentially useful markers for the resolution of cynipid and other insect within-family-level divergences (circa 50-100 mya old), whereas mitochondrial loci and ITS regions are most useful for lower-level phylogenetics.
Bayesian Phylogenetics and the Evolution of Gall Wasps
TLDR
A Bayesian MCMC approach to the analysis of combined data sets was developed and its utility in inferring relationships among gall wasps based on data from morphology and four genes was explored, supporting the utility of morphological data in multigene analyses.
Functional Tradeoffs Underpin Salinity-Driven Divergence in Microbial Community Composition
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It is proposed that the large differences in central metabolism required at high and low salinities dictate the striking divide between freshwater and marine microbiomes, and that the ability to inhabit different salinity regimes evolved early during bacterial phylogenetic differentiation.
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