Land Plant Molecular Phylogenetics: A Review with Comments on Evaluating Incongruence Among Phylogenies

@article{Cox2018LandPM,
  title={Land Plant Molecular Phylogenetics: A Review with Comments on Evaluating Incongruence Among Phylogenies},
  author={Cymon J. Cox},
  journal={Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences},
  year={2018},
  volume={37},
  pages={113 - 127}
}
  • C. Cox
  • Published 4 May 2018
  • Biology
  • Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences
Abstract Land plants evolved from freshwater charophyte algal ancestors during a single transition to the terrestrial environment. The six major lineages of land plants are divided into two groups: the bryophytes (liverworts, mosses, and hornworts) and the tracheophytes (lycophytes, ferns, and seed plants); while the tracheophytes are thought to be monophyletic, the bryophytes have typically been considered as the direct ancestors of tracheophytes and therefore an artificial, nonmonophyletic… 

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