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Phylogenetic analysis using collections material: interpreting trait evolution by comparison of morphological and molecular genetic hypotheses

By Christopher Ivey

California State University, Chico

Exercise spans two weeks, includes homework, and involves some groups of animals as well as plants. Emphasizes re-interpretation of morphological trait evolution following molecular genetic phylogeny reconstruction

Listed in Teaching Materials | resource by group Plants by the Numbers

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Version 1.0.0 - published on 30 Mar 2018 doi:10.25334/Q4DM6J - cite this

Licensed under CC Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International according to these terms

Adapted from: Morphological and Molecular Analysis of Plant Phylogeny and Diversity v 1.0

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This two-week exercise is modified from Gibson (2018) and others to include a preliminary analysis based on the classical "caminalcules" exercise, and includes several groups of preserved animal taxa as well as living plants. A homework exercise prepares students for sequence alignment and molecular genetic phylogeny reconstruction. Morphological traits scored during the first week are mapped onto the molecular phylogeny during the second week and implications for trait evolution (e.g., types of homoplasy implied) are emphasized.


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