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Phylogenetics, Evolutionary Inference, and Anole Relationships

Jonathan B. Losos

in Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780520255913
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943735 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255913.003.0005
Phylogenetics, Evolutionary Inference, and Anole Relationships

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This chapter focuses on conceptual issues regarding phylogenetic approaches to evolutionary questions and then outlines the Anolis phylogeny, first discussing the uses and limitations of phylogenetic approaches, including problems with ancestor reconstruction and phylogeny estimation. It then presents the current understanding of anole phylogenetic relationships, which provides substantial insight into the evolution of the five anole faunas.

Keywords: phylogenetic approaches; Anolis; phylogeny; ancestor reconstruction; phylogeny estimation; anole faunas

Chapter.  7143 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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