Assessment of available anatomical characters for linking living mammals to fossil taxa in phylogenetic analyses

@inproceedings{Guillerme2016AssessmentOA,
  title={Assessment of available anatomical characters for linking living mammals to fossil taxa in phylogenetic analyses},
  author={Thomas Guillerme and Natalie Cooper},
  booktitle={Biology letters},
  year={2016}
}
Analyses of living and fossil taxa are crucial for understanding biodiversity through time. The total evidence method allows living and fossil taxa to be combined in phylogenies, using molecular data for living taxa and morphological data for living and fossil taxa. With this method, substantial overlap of coded anatomical characters among living and fossil taxa is vital for accurately inferring topology. However, although molecular data for living species are widely available, scientists… CONTINUE READING