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Diversification and the rate of molecular evolution: no evidence of a link in mammals

Goldie, Xavier; Lanfear, Robert; Bromham, Lindell


BACKGROUND Recent research has indicated a positive association between rates of molecular evolution and diversification in a number of taxa. However debate continues concerning the universality and cause of this relationship. Here, we present the first systematic investigation of this relationship within the mammals. We use phylogenetically independent sister-pair comparisons to test for a relationship between substitution rates and clade size at a number of taxonomic levels. Total,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011-10-04
Type: Journal article
Source: BMC Evolutionary Biology
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-11-286


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