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Inferring the historical patterns of biological evolution
  • M. Pagel
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • 28 October 1999
The combination of these phylogenies with powerful new statistical approaches for the analysis of biological evolution is challenging widely held beliefs about the history and evolution of life on Earth. Expand
Detecting correlated evolution on phylogenies: a general method for the comparative analysis of discrete characters
  • M. Pagel
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London…
  • 22 January 1994
I present a new statistical method for analysing the relationship between two discrete characters that are measured across a group of hierarchically evolved species or populations. The methodExpand
Bayesian estimation of ancestral character states on phylogenies.
This work describes how to combine information about the uncertainty of the phylogeny with uncertainty in the estimate of the ancestral state and shows how to reconstruct ancestral states of uncertain nodes using a most-recent-common-ancestor approach. Expand
Phylogenetic Analysis and Comparative Data: A Test and Review of Evidence
Simulations show λ to be a statistically powerful index for measuring whether data exhibit phylogenetic dependence or not and whether it has low rates of Type I error, which demonstrates that even partial information on phylogeny will improve the accuracy of phylogenetic analyses. Expand
Inferring evolutionary processes from phylogenies
A set of maximum likelihood statistical methods for inferring historical evolutionary processes and anticipating the wealth of information becoming available to biological scientists from genetic studies that pin down relationships among organisms with unprecedented accuracy are described. Expand
The Maximum Likelihood Approach to Reconstructing Ancestral Character States of Discrete Characters on Phylogenies
A phylogeny describes the hierarchical pattern of descent of some group of species from a common ancestor. If information is available on the character states of the contemporary species,Expand
Bayesian Analysis of Correlated Evolution of Discrete Characters by Reversible‐Jump Markov Chain Monte Carlo
A Bayesian method for investigating correlated evolution of discrete binary traits on phylogenetic trees is described and the question of whether mating system and advertisement of estrus by females have coevolved in the Old World monkeys and great apes is illustrated. Expand
The comparative method in evolutionary biology
The comparative method for studying adaptation why worry about phylogeny? reconstructing phylogenetic trees and ancestral character states comparative analysis of discrete data comparative analysisExpand
A phylogenetic mixture model for detecting pattern-heterogeneity in gene sequence or character-state data.
A general likelihood-based 'mixture model' for inferring phylogenetic trees from gene-sequence or other character-state data that simplifies to a homogeneous model or a rate-variability model as special cases and always performs at least as well as these two approaches, and often considerably improves upon them. Expand
A method for the analysis of comparative data
Felsenstein (1985) developed a method for analyzing comparative data that calculates a set of mutually independent comparisons among the species. The method was designed to be used with phylogeniesExpand