Convergent evolution of an ant-plant mutualism across plant families, continents and time

@inproceedings{Majer2007ConvergentEO,
  title={Convergent evolution of an ant-plant mutualism across plant families, continents and time},
  author={Jonathan Majer and Robert R. Dunn and Aaron D. Gove and Timothy G Barraclough and T. Givnish},
  year={2007}
}
Questions: How often has dispersal of seeds by ants evolved in monocots and is the timing of origins associated with changes in the ant community or instead with the rise of forests? Are patterns in the origin of elaiosomes (the trait associated with the dispersal of seeds by ants) through time similar to those for the origins of fleshy fruits? Data studied: We estimate the timing of the origin of elaiosomes and fleshy fruits respectively by mapping seed morphology onto a recent phylogeny based… CONTINUE READING

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