Darwin's abominable mystery: Insights from a supertree of the angiosperms.

  title={Darwin's abominable mystery: Insights from a supertree of the angiosperms.},
  author={Timothy J. Davies and Timothy G Barraclough and Mark W. Chase and Pamela S. Soltis and Douglas Edward Soltis and Vincent Savolainen},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={101 7},
Angiosperms are among the major terrestrial radiations of life and a model group for studying patterns and processes of diversification. As a tool for future comparative studies, we compiled a supertree of angiosperm families from published phylogenetic studies. Sequence data from the plastid rbcL gene were used to estimate relative timing of branching events, calibrated by using robust fossil dates. The frequency of shifts in diversification rate is largely constant among time windows but with… CONTINUE READING
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