Molecular Phylogenetics


    Simple Method for Estimating Informative Node Age Priors for the Fossil Calibration of Molecular Divergence Time Analyses
    April 15, 2015
    Nowak, M. D., Smith, A. B., Simpson, C., and Zwickl, D. J. 2013. A Simple Method for Estimating Informative Node Age Priors for the Fossil Calibration of Molecular Divergence Time Analyses. PLoS ONE 8(6): e66245. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066245. pdf Molecular divergence time analyses often rely on the age of fossil lineages to...
    Species selection and the macroevolution of coral photosymbiosis and coloniality
    April 14, 2015
    Simpson, C. 2013. Species selection and the macroevolution of coral photosymbiosis and coloniality. Evolution 67(6): 1607-1621 pdf Differences in the relative diversification rates of species with variant traits are known as species selection. Species selection can produce a macroevolutionary change in the frequencies of traits by changing the relative number...
    Species selection in the molecular age
    April 10, 2015
    Simpson, C., Müller, J., 2012. Species selection in the molecular age, in From clone to bone: the synergy of morphological and molecular tools in paleobiology, Johannes Müller and Rob Asher, eds. Cambridge University Press. p. 116-134. pdf Everything biological varies. Without variation, evolution would not be possible. This is a...