Testing Hypotheses of Neural Evolution in Gymnotiform Electric Fishes Using Phylogenetic Character Data.

@article{Albert1998TestingHO,
  title={Testing Hypotheses of Neural Evolution in Gymnotiform Electric Fishes Using Phylogenetic Character Data.},
  author={James S Albert and Michael J. Lannoo and Tamaki Yuri},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={1998},
  volume={52 6},
  pages={1760-1780}
}
In this paper, we propose a method to test alternative hypotheses of phenotypic evolution. The method compares patterns observed in phylogenetic character data with patterns expected by explicit models of evolutionary process. Observed patterns of character-state diversity are assessed from four properties of character-state change derived from a phylogenetic analysis: the sequence and correlation of transformations on a cladogram and the spatial and functional localization of these… CONTINUE READING