Phylogenies reveal new interpretation of speciation and the Red Queen

@article{Venditti2010PhylogeniesRN,
  title={Phylogenies reveal new interpretation of speciation and the Red Queen},
  author={Chris Venditti and Andrew Meade and Mark Pagel},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2010},
  volume={463},
  pages={349-352}
}
The Red Queen describes a view of nature in which species continually evolve but do not become better adapted. It is one of the more distinctive metaphors of evolutionary biology, but no test of its claim that speciation occurs at a constant rate has ever been made against competing models that can predict virtually identical outcomes, nor has any mechanism been proposed that could cause the constant-rate phenomenon. Here we use 101 phylogenies of animal, plant and fungal taxa to test the… CONTINUE READING
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