Genealogies and inference for populations with highly skewed offspring distributions

  title={Genealogies and inference for populations with highly skewed offspring distributions},
  author={Matthias C. F. Birkner and Jochen Blath},
  journal={arXiv: Probability},
We review recent progress in the understanding of the role of multiple- and simultaneous multiple merger coalescents as models for the genealogy in idealised and real populations with exceptional reproductive behaviour. In particular, we discuss models with `skewed offspring distribution' (or under other non-classical evolutionary forces) which lead in the single locus haploid case to multiple merger coalescents, and in the multi-locus diploid case to simultaneous multiple merger coalescents… 

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