The timing of eukaryotic evolution: does a relaxed molecular clock reconcile proteins and fossils?

@article{Douzery2004TheTO,
  title={The timing of eukaryotic evolution: does a relaxed molecular clock reconcile proteins and fossils?},
  author={Emmanuel J P Douzery and Elizabeth A. Snell and Eric Bapteste and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Delsuc and Herv{\'e} Philippe},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2004},
  volume={101 43},
  pages={
          15386-91
        }
}
The use of nucleotide and amino acid sequences allows improved understanding of the timing of evolutionary events of life on earth. Molecular estimates of divergence times are, however, controversial and are generally much more ancient than suggested by the fossil record. The limited number of genes and species explored and pervasive variations in evolutionary rates are the most likely sources of such discrepancies. Here we compared concatenated amino acid sequences of 129 proteins from 36… CONTINUE READING

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