Tree Thinking: An Introduction to Phylogenetic Biology
First EditionDavid A. Baum; Stacey D. Smith©2013
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Phylogenetics has many applications in biology, from discovering the features of ancestral organisms, and finding the sources of invasive species and infectious diseases, to identifying our closest living (and extinct) hominid relatives. Tree Thinking: An Introduction to Phylogenetic Biology introduces you to the interpretation of phylogenetic trees, how these trees can be reconstructed, and how they can be used to answer biological questions through examples and vivid metaphors, providing you with a solid foundation in this fundamental area of evolutionary biology.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to phylogenetic trees and their importance in modern biology
2. Tree thinking and its importance in the development of evolutionary thought
3. What a phylogenetic tree represents
4. Trait evolution
5. Relatedness and biological classification
6. Gene trees and species trees
7. Phylogenetic inference with parsimony
8. Phylogenetic inference with distance, maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods
9. Statistical tests of phylogenetic hypotheses
10. Using trees to reconstruct evolutionary history
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