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A sub-discipline of evolutionary biology which involves the study of evolutionary relatedness between different organisms based on their molecular and morphological features.

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How to determine the number of parameters in a phylogenetic model?

I want to calculate the AIC for a phylogeny that I inferred via maximum likelihood. To calculate the AIC I need to know the number of parameters in the model. But how do I determine this?
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What are the methods for detecting anagenetic versus cladogenetic change?

I'm new to the study of phylogenetics and am wondering if there are ways of identifying evolutionary changes that associate with cladogenetic events versus those that arise via anagenesis.
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In what does Genetic clustering and Cline sharpness differ?

They are both ways to measure divergence in species but I'm not understanding in what exactly the differ if both use hybrid zones and gene frequencies in the study.
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How would homologous recombination and mutations affect speciation?

I'm wondering how homologous recombination and mutations can affect how speciation can occur from one species (so that 2 will be created). I'm doing research and I found that different mutations and ...
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Phylogenical differences with nuclear and mitochondrial DNA

This is a textbook question, I would like to verify my answers. According to the textbook it is possible to construct a phylogeny using nuclear and mitochondrial DNA and these trees to be different, I ...
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If evolution is a gradual and continuous process, how can we say humans came about 200k years ago? What is so special about that point in time?

It just seems arbitrary to me to say "ok, now THIS is officially a human" when you could look at its parents and find no noticeable differences. At no point in the line of my ancestral history is ...
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Does the minimum spanning tree tell us anything useful about evolutionary ancestry?

Question migrated from bioinformatics stackexchange due to lack of interest. I'm new to bioinformatics and have been reading through a bioinformatics book, and it seems calculating a phylogenetic ...
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How to reduce the number of sequences in a Multiple Sequence Alignment?

I have a Multiple Sequence Alignment, where there are around 5000 sequences. There also exists many sequences where, there are so much of non-sequenced regions (for instance, AU----CGGGCA--NNNNNNNNNN)....
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Is brachydactyly due to mutation?

I have this so called "clubbed thumbs"also known as brachydactyly. It is of D-type. I searched for it on internet and found that it is a dominant inherited disease. But to my surprise,none of my ...
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How can rooted and unrooted (phylogenetic) trees be distinguished from one another

I understand that rooted and unrooted phylogenetic trees are similar in structure But how can they be easily identified as one or the other? Is it simply based on the presence or lack of a named ...
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How evolutionarily conserved are UTRs?

Coding sequences of genes have a certain degree of evolutionary conservation, so that comparisons based on sequences (BLAST, HMMER etc) can be informative. Generally speaking, the more two species are ...
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How to add taxa to a published tre file. What program to use? How to do it in Mesquite?

I need to add taxa to an already published tre file. (the Prum 2015 avian phylogeny). *For example if I wanted to add Western Gull to the tree (Larus occidentalis) knowing that Larus & Sterna are ...
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How to create a phylogenetic tree (using Maximum Likelihood method) in newick format for a Multiple Sequence Alignment file in FASTA format?

The file size is really big (26.7 MB). So, I am unable to use the online web tools, as they cannot handle such large input data.
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How valid is Schwartz's criticism of molecular phylogenetics?

A proponent of the human-orangutan clade, Jeffrey Schwartz argues, in this paper [1], that molecular phylogenetics is largely based on a baseless assumption. To sum up, according to him: this type of ...
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The phylogenetic definition of the clade Dinosauria

Up until two years ago the clade of Dinosauria was defined as all the descendants of the most recent common ancestor of Triceratops and birds. From Wikipedia: Under phylogenetic nomenclature, ...
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How to define ammonites?

I miss the definition of ammonite. In my opinion, many authors confuse the term "Ammonite" and "Ammonoid". Ammonoids (Ammonoidea) are large group of cephalopods including for example goniatites (...
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What is the best argument for maximum parsimony method in phylogenetic tree construction?

Beside the fact that maximum parsimony is computationally cheap, what other good arguments are there for it? Is there any model behind this principle? Why would one expect this principle to provide ...
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Are phylogenetic tree construction algorithms any different than general clustering algorithms?

I suspect the answer is no. But I don't know enough to be sure that that is the case. Of course phylogenetic tree construction uses biological knowledge, e.g special distance metrics, but does it ...
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Can anyone help me with these Biology evolutionary properties homework questions? [closed]

my teacher assigned these worksheet questions, they are ungraded, but he said something might come up on the test really similar to this so I really want to get all of them right. I am pretty ...
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How many times have Ecdysozoans made the transition to land? [duplicate]

In my evolutionary course we were taught that land plants are a monophyletic group, the transistion to land happened only once. The same goes for the tetrapods within the vertabrates. However this ...
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Did cats evolve from monkeys ? or vice versa?

Did cats evolve from monkeys? or vice versa? How similar are the genes of cats and monkeys? What is the proof that they are related or that they are not related? Most monkeys climb in trees and ...
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If we sequenced the genome of every species, would all phylogenies agree?

The Tree of Life is still up for debate. Most of this debate seems to be due to a lack of genomic information, but that deficiency is decreasing rapidly with advances in technology and sequencing ...
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Who are humans' closest relatives, after primates?

This question here addresses the controversy of whether humans are more closely related to bonobos or chimps. My question is - which group of animals are are closest relatives, beyond primates? Or ...
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Minimum number of clades needed to partition Vertebrates while maintaining Birds, Mammals, and Amphibians as distinct clades?

At school I was taught the Linnaean view of vertebrate life - that vertebrate animals consisted of 5 distinct groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish. I learned later however that this was ...
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Question regarding when it's a homoplasy in a phylogenetic tree

If you have 2 organisms that both come directly from the same common ancestor on a phylogenetic tree, and that common ancestor does not have trait "x", is it possible for both of its direct ...
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Contructing phylogeny from an asymmetric distance matrix?

Is there any method for constructing a phylogenetic tree from a distance matrix which is not symmetric (i.e. the distance from A to be is not the same as the distance from B to A)? The distances I ...
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Draw simplified phylogenetic tree for kids

I need to draw simple, phylogenetic tree for kids lecture. I am looking for an online tool where I can enter organisms (e.g., human, wasp, fungus) and get figure of a phylogenetic tree. Tree should ...
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Were there any terrestrial species in the ancestry of all crustaceans?

To the exception of woodlice, Crustaceans live in aquatic (marine or freshwater) environments. Crustaceans are arthropods which is an immensely diverse taxon. Many arthropods live in terrestrial ...
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Is there a measure for degree of reticulation in a phylogenetic network?

When working with phylogenetic networks, how does one talk about reticulate (i.e., web-like) the branches are? Is there a standard measure of this?
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Are “constraint trees” in phylogenetic analysis cheating? How can I correctly use them?

How do phylogenetic experts evaluate results which use constraint trees? Are there examples in the literature where phylogenetic experts detail how they use constraint trees? Here is my problem. I ...
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Family tree for edible plants?

I am looking for a family tree for plants, particularly veg / herbs / fruit. Something similar to: If it could be slightly less technical than all the Latin ...
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What is the closest relative to odd-toed ungulate?

I have seen about 3 variation of phylogenetic tree about odd-toed ungulate and I don't know which one is really updated or outdated or which one have more backed up theory First is odd-toed ungulate ...
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Did Carl Linnaeus ever name a species he never saw?

According to this post Carl Linnaeus named more than 13,000 species which is definitely quite impressive. If we consider a 50 years career it makes about 5 species per week! It would feel impressive ...
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Why the SNPs from the earliest human haplogroups are missing in people outside of Africa if they are infact the descendants of it?

The SNPs M91, P97, M31, P82, M23, M114, P262, M32, M59, P289, P291, P102, M13, M171, M118 from haplogroup A and SNPs M60, M181, P90 from haplogroup B are missing in people without recent African ...
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Where can I find datasets containing large phylogenetic networks?

There are many datasets out there for phylogenetic trees, one can example can be found here. However, I couldn't find something for phylogenetic networks. According to Wikipedia: A phylogenetic ...
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The protostome/deuterostome distinction and why it is important

As I unerstand it, at some point an embryo develops a hole; this hole continues to punch through, and eventually makes an opening at the other side of the embryo. If the original hole becomes the ...
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Basic question about phylogenetic trees

The following is an illustration rom my book of the phylogenetic tree of 6 animal phyla (the red stuff is mine): I think what's causing some confusion is that there are no names/years at the circled ...
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The parts of the phylogenetic nomenclature that need to be “unique”

I am not quite sure I have sorted through the diversity of approaches to nomenclature, but I had a specific question to help clarify what is going on. Basically I am just wondering what needs to be ...
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Example Clade Names in PhyloCode

After looking through the PhyloCode, the only thing I found that looked like an example was in Article 9, Chapter 4: A node-based definition may be abbreviated "<A&B" or "<A&B&C&...
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What could explain discrepancies between dates provided by the fossil record vs. the molecular clock?

I am studying a mud snail genus called Ecrobia. For the Caspian species (Ecrobia grimmi), there is a discrepancy between dates provided by the fossil record and the molecular clock: First appearance ...
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Sequence evolution simulation tool

I'm looking for a tool to simulate sequence evolution given a specific mutation model and birth-death model. I'm aware of tools and packages like INDELible, Seq-Gen and PhyloSim, but they simulate ...
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Estimating population divergence time with a single mitochondrial marker

Is it possible to estimate population divergence time with a single mitochondrial marker? Here is additional information for my specific case: Mitochondrial marker: Cytochrome Oxidase Subunit 1 (...
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How would I represent this on a cladogram?

So, right now I am making a cladogram (More of a dendrogram) for a kingdom of fictional species, and I'm not exactly sure how to represent a certain relationship. Let's say that the oldest class in ...
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Are there any open phylogenetic projects that don't require coding to make a contribution

I am stay at home learner, not pursuing education formal education and currently doing a part time job. I've however completed masters in biotechnology and I'm studying to pursue PhD in molecular ...
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MLE estimation with Mk model in ape or phangorn?

When doing MLE with the R package ape or phangorn, is it possible to set the substitution model to Mk? If so, how does one do this?
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Has the most recent common ancestor of all living birds lived after dinosaur mass extinction?

I wonder if one or more phylogenetic threads of dinosaurs survived the mass extinction. In other words, are all living birds equally related to any given ancient dinosaur, or do some birds relate ...
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The best free and most up to date phylogenetic tree on the internet?

I found phylogenetic tree in wikipedia is lacks of accuracy. It actually confusing with versions. Some terms was not scientifically accurate with dna analysis anymore So are there anyone know where ...
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How does one go from a couple of DNA sequences to a distance-matrix?

For a project we need to explain the subject of UPGMA. We think we understand thee method itself but I fail to see how you go from a number of DNA-sequences to the distance matrix. I understand ...
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Does anyone know good software for producing tanglegrams?

I'm trying to look at relationships between parasite and host phylogenetic trees. I have done a bit of searching for software with which to do this, and I have tried using Dendroscope and TreeMap, but ...