Detecting Macroevolutionary Self-Destruction from Phylogenies.

  title={Detecting Macroevolutionary Self-Destruction from Phylogenies.},
  author={Lindell Bromham and Xia Xiao Hua and Marcel Cardillo},
  journal={Systematic biology},
  volume={65 1},
Phylogenetic analyses have lent support to the concept of lineage selection: that biological lineages can have heritable traits that influence their capacity to persist and diversify, and thereby affect their representation in biodiversity. While many discussions have focused on "positive" lineage selection, where stably heritable properties of lineages enhance their diversification rate, there are also intriguing examples that seem to represent "negative" lineage selection, where traits reduce… CONTINUE READING