Some Evolutionary Consequences of Being a Tree

  title={Some Evolutionary Consequences of Being a Tree},
  author={Jo{\"e}lle Petit and Arndt Hampe},
  journal={Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics},
  • J. PetitA. Hampe
  • Published 7 November 2006
  • Biology
  • Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
Trees do not form a natural group but share attributes such as great size, longevity, and high reproductive output that affect their mode and tempo of evolution. In particular, trees are unique in that they maintain high levels of diversity while accumulating new mutations only slowly. They are also capable of rapid local adaptation and can evolve quickly from nontree ancestors, but most existing tree lineages typically experience low speciation and extinction rates. We discuss why the tree… 

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