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An integrative view of phylogenetic comparative methods: connections to population genetics, community ecology, and paleobiology

Authors

  • Matthew W. Pennell,

    1. Department of Biological Sciences and Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
    2. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, North Carolina
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  • Luke J. Harmon

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    1. Department of Biological Sciences and Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
    • Address for correspondence: Luke J. Harmon, Department of Biological Sciences, Campus Box 3051, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-3051. lukeh@uidaho.edu

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Abstract

Recent innovations in phylogenetic comparative methods (PCMs) have spurred a renaissance of research into the causes and consequences of large-scale patterns of biodiversity. In this paper, we review these advances. We also highlight the potential of comparative methods to integrate across fields and focus on three examples where such integration might be particularly valuable: quantitative genetics, community ecology, and paleobiology. We argue that PCMs will continue to be a key set of tools in evolutionary biology, shedding new light on how evolutionary processes have shaped patterns of biodiversity through deep time.

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