Extant and fossil Myrtaceae pollen morphology and their significance to systematics, phylogenetics, evolution, and biogeography of the family
Fossils are needed to calibrate the molecular clock used for dating phylogenies. This has led to a re-examination of the identification and phylogenetic placement of fossils used for calibration. Until recently, fossil pollen has been neglected for calibration due to a belief that pollen lacks sufficiently useful characters. Consequently, taxonomy of extant pollen has also been neglected, and this applies particularly to the pollen of Myrtaceae, which was last fully revised in the 1950s. This...[Show more]
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