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The deep phylogeny problem and its consequences

Monday 17th December 2007 - 16:10 to 16:30
INI Seminar Room 1
Session Chair: 
Kathi Huber

Some of the most interesting and long-standing evolutionary questions concern relationships among ancient lineages. Molecular sequence data have not really provided the anticipated clear-cut answers to these questions. In general relationships that were cloaked in uncertainty based on traditional comparative anatomy remain uncertain when subjected to molecular approaches. I will present an overview of some of the difficulties associated with estimating relationships among ancient vertebrate lineages based on sequence comparisons.

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University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
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