Conflicting Phylogenies for Early Land Plants are Caused by Composition Biases among Synonymous Substitutions

  title={Conflicting Phylogenies for Early Land Plants are Caused by Composition Biases among Synonymous Substitutions},
  author={Cymon J. Cox and Blaise Li and Peter G. Foster and T Martin Embley and Peter Civ{\'a}ň},
  journal={Systematic Biology},
  pages={272 - 279}
Plants are the primary producers of the terrestrial ecosystems that dominate much of the natural environment. Occurring approximately 480 Ma (Sanderson 2003; Kenrick et al. 2012), the evolutionary transition of plants from an aquatic to a terrestrial environment was accompanied by several major developmental innovations. The freshwater charophyte ancestors of land plants have a haplobiontic life cycle with a single haploid multicellular stage, whereas land plants, which include the bryophytes… 

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