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Molecular Evolution: Rates

  1. Lindell Bromham

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0001802.pub2

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Bromham, L. 2008. Molecular Evolution: Rates. eLS. .

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  1. Australian National University, Centre for Macroevolution and Macroecology, School of Botany and Zoology, Canberra, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

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Abstract

The pace of molecular change is generally more even than morphological evolution, yet there is clearly variation in molecular evolution rate between biological lineages. The causes of this rate variation are still largely unknown, but may be influenced by species characteristics, population structure and evolutionary processes.

Keywords:

  • molecular clock;
  • substitution;
  • mutation;
  • relative rates;
  • generation time