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Is specialization an evolutionary dead end? testing for differences in speciation, extinction and trait transition rates across diverse phylogenies of specialists and generalists

Day, E H; Hua, X; Bromham, L


Specialization has often been claimed to be an evolutionary dead end, with specialist lineages having a reduced capacity to persist or diversify. In a phylogenetic comparative framework, an evolutionary dead end may be detectable from the phylogenetic distribution of specialists, if specialists rarely give rise to large, diverse clades. Previous phylogenetic studies of the influence of specialization on macroevolutionary processes have demonstrated a range of patterns, including examples where...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016-06
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of evolutionary biology
DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12867


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