What does palaeontology contribute to systematics in a molecular world?

@article{Smith1998WhatDP,
  title={What does palaeontology contribute to systematics in a molecular world?},
  author={Andrew W. B. Smith},
  journal={Molecular phylogenetics and evolution},
  year={1998},
  volume={9 3},
  pages={437-47}
}
Palaeontology provides the only direct record for morphological and genetic change through time and uniquely contributes to systematics in two ways: by providing access to denser taxon sampling than is otherwise possible and by dating divergence times. Claims that ancient DNA has survived millions of years in certain fossils suggested the possibility that palaeontology could contribute directly to molecular systematic studies. Unfortunately, none of the supposed geologically ancient DNA records… CONTINUE READING
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