Speciation as an active force in promoting genetic evolution.

  title={Speciation as an active force in promoting genetic evolution.},
  author={Chris Venditti and Mark Pagel},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={25 1},
There is a growing appreciation among evolutionary biologists that the rate and tempo of molecular evolution might often be altered at or near the time of speciation, i.e. that speciation is in some way a special time for genes. Molecular phylogenies frequently reveal increased rates of genetic evolution associated with speciation and other lines of investigation suggest that various types of abrupt genomic disruption can play an important role in promoting speciation via reproductive isolation… CONTINUE READING