Using fossils to break long branches in molecular dating: a comparison of relaxed clocks applied to the origin of angiosperms.

Long branches are potentially problematic in molecular dating because they can encompass a vast number of combinations of substitution rate and time. A long branch is suspected to have biased molecular clock estimates of the age of flowering plants (angiosperms) to be much older than their earliest fossils. This study explores the effect of the long branch… CONTINUE READING

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