Abrupt deceleration of molecular evolution linked to the origin of arborescence in ferns.

@article{Korall2010AbruptDO,
  title={Abrupt deceleration of molecular evolution linked to the origin of arborescence in ferns.},
  author={Petra Korall and Eric Schuettpelz and Kathleen M. Pryer},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2010},
  volume={64 9},
  pages={
          2786-92
        }
}
Molecular rate heterogeneity, whereby rates of molecular evolution vary among groups of organisms, is a well-documented phenomenon. Nonetheless, its causes are poorly understood. For animals, generation time is frequently cited because longer-lived species tend to have slower rates of molecular evolution than their shorter-lived counterparts. Although a similar pattern has been uncovered in flowering plants, using proxies such as growth form, the underlying process has remained elusive. Here… CONTINUE READING
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