Eocene Loranthaceae pollen pushes back divergence ages for major splits in the family

  title={Eocene Loranthaceae pollen pushes back divergence ages for major splits in the family},
  author={Friðgeir Gr{\'i}msson and Paschalia Kapli and Christa‐charlotte Hofmann and Reinhard Zetter and Guido W. Grimm},
Background We revisit the palaeopalynological record of Loranthaceae, using pollen ornamentation to discriminate lineages and to test molecular dating estimates for the diversification of major lineages. Methods Fossil Loranthaceae pollen from the Eocene and Oligocene are analysed and documented using scanning-electron microscopy. These fossils were associated with molecular-defined clades and used as minimum age constraints for Bayesian node dating using different topological scenarios… 

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