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Phylogenies reveal new interpretation of speciation and the Red Queen

Venditti, C., Meade, A. and Pagel, M. (2010) Phylogenies reveal new interpretation of speciation and the Red Queen. Nature, 463 (7379). pp. 349-352. ISSN 0028-0836

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1038/nature08630

Abstract/Summary

The Red Queen metaphor has species accumulating small changes to keep up with a continually changing environment, with speciation occurring at a constant rate. This constant-rate claim is now tested against four competing models, using 101 phylogenies of animal, plant and fungal taxa. The results provide a new interpretation of the Red Queen; a view linking speciation to rare stochastic events that cause reproductive isolation.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Environmental Biology
ID Code:18421
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group

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