A likelihood method for assessing molecular divergence time estimates and the placement of fossil calibrations.

  title={A likelihood method for assessing molecular divergence time estimates and the placement of fossil calibrations.},
  author={Robert Alexander Pyron},
  journal={Systematic biology},
  volume={59 2},
  • R. A. Pyron
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Biology
  • Systematic biology
Estimating divergence times using molecular sequence data has become a common application of statistical phylogenetics. However, disparities between estimated ages for clades produced in different studies have become equally commonplace. Here, I propose a method for the objective assessment of the likelihood of inferred divergence times to evaluate the placement of fossil constraints using information from the broader fossil record. The inclusion of nodes from the Tree of Life for which… 

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