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Reconstructing vertebrate phylogenetic trees

Part 4. Bioinformatics

4.4. Comparative Analysis and Phylogeny

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  1. Sudhir Kumar,
  2. Alan Filipski

Published Online: 15 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047001153X.g404208

Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics

Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics

How to Cite

Kumar, S. and Filipski, A. 2005. Reconstructing vertebrate phylogenetic trees. Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics. 4:4.4:42.

Author Information

  1. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2005

Abstract

Within the last three decades, the methodology underlying vertebrate phylogenetic analysis, including the dating of speciation events, has grown from the use of morphological characters in living organisms and fossils to an increased emphasis on molecular phylogenetics. Here, we use a selected set of examples to give a brief survey of how these approaches have been used together to resolve some interesting and difficult questions regarding both lower- and higher-level relationships of vertebrate species.

Keywords:

  • timescale;
  • molecular evolution;
  • phylogenetic inference;
  • mammals;
  • birds