Divergence times and the evolution of morphological complexity in an early land plant lineage (Marchantiopsida) with a slow molecular rate.

@article{JVillarreal2016DivergenceTA,
  title={Divergence times and the evolution of morphological complexity in an early land plant lineage (Marchantiopsida) with a slow molecular rate.},
  author={A. J.Villarreal and B. Crandall-Stotler and Michelle L. Hart and D. Long and L. Forrest},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  year={2016},
  volume={209 4},
  pages={
          1734-46
        }
}
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