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Six Impossible Things before Breakfast: Assumptions, Models, and Belief in Molecular Dating

Bromham, Lindell


Estimating dates of divergence from DNA sequence data is a methodological and computational challenge as the amount of data explodes, and as models and methods become more statistically sophisticated. The focus on methodological advances distracts from deeper challenges associated with historical inference: how can we construct plausible narratives for events long-past and long-term processes that we cannot directly observe? As molecular dating methods grow more sophisticated, the number of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.01.017


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