Evolutionary diversification of reef corals: a comparison of the molecular and fossil records.

@article{Simpson2011EvolutionaryDO,
  title={Evolutionary diversification of reef corals: a comparison of the molecular and fossil records.},
  author={Carl W R Simpson and Wolfgang Kiessling and Heike Mewis and Rosemarie Christine Baron-Szabo and Johannes M{\"u}ller},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2011},
  volume={65 11},
  pages={3274-84}
}
Understanding historical patterns of diversity dynamics is of paramount importance for many evolutionary questions. The fossil record has long been the only source of information on patterns of diversification, but the molecular record, derived from time-calibrated phylogenies, is becoming an important additional resource. Both fossil and molecular approaches have shortcomings and biases. These have been well studied for fossil data but much less so for molecular data and empirical comparisons… CONTINUE READING
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