Fossils in Phylogenetic Reconstruction


Palaeontologists have begun to adapt mathematical algorithms to phylogenetic reconstruction and interpretation of the fossil record. Whereas most palaeontologists prefer phylogenetic methods that rely predominantly on character evidence, such as that used by most systematists, others have developed methodologies that variously incorporate temporal data, rely strictly upon temporal data, or utilize temporal data in testing phylogenetic hypotheses.

Keywords: fossils; types and sources of data; completeness

Figure 1.

An unrooted network in which the length of the branches is proportional to the number of character state transformations accumulated along the branch.



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Sumrall, Colin D(May 2005) Fossils in Phylogenetic Reconstruction. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001524]