Assessing the quality of molecular divergence time estimates by fossil calibrations and fossil-based model selection.

@article{Near2004AssessingTQ,
  title={Assessing the quality of molecular divergence time estimates by fossil calibrations and fossil-based model selection.},
  author={Thomas J Near and Michael J. Sanderson},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2004},
  volume={359 1450},
  pages={
          1477-83
        }
}
Estimates of species divergence times using DNA sequence data are playing an increasingly important role in studies of evolution, ecology and biogeography. Most work has centred on obtaining appropriate kinds of data and developing optimal estimation procedures, whereas somewhat less attention has focused on the calibration of divergences using fossils. Case studies with multiple fossil calibration points provide important opportunities to examine the divergence time estimation problem in new… CONTINUE READING

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