A Total-Group Phylogenetic Metatree for Cetacea and the Importance of Fossil Data in Diversification Analyses.

@article{Lloyd2021ATP,
  title={A Total-Group Phylogenetic Metatree for Cetacea and the Importance of Fossil Data in Diversification Analyses.},
  author={Graeme T. Lloyd and Graham J. Slater},
  journal={Systematic biology},
  year={2021}
}
  • G. LloydG. Slater
  • Published 28 January 2021
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • Systematic biology
Phylogenetic trees provide a powerful framework for testing macroevolutionary hypotheses, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that inferences derived from extant species alone can be highly misleading. Trees incorporating living and extinct taxa are are needed to address fundamental questions about the origins of diversity and disparity but it has proved challenging to generate robust, species-rich phylogenies that include large numbers of fossil taxa. As a result, most studies of… 

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