Recent progress in paleontological methods for dating the Tree of Life

@article{Laurin2012RecentPI,
  title={Recent progress in paleontological methods for dating the Tree of Life},
  author={Michel Laurin},
  journal={Frontiers in Genetics},
  year={2012},
  volume={3}
}
  • M. Laurin
  • Published 13 July 2012
  • Environmental Science
  • Frontiers in Genetics
Dating the Tree of Life (TOL) has become a major goal of biological research. Beyond the intrinsic interest of reconstructing the history of taxonomic diversification, time-calibrated trees (timetrees for short, as used throughout below) are required in many types of comparative analyses, where branch lengths are used to assess the conservation importance of lineages, correlation between characters, or to assess phylogenetic niche conservatism, among other uses. Improvements in dating the TOL… 

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