Incorporating fossils into hypotheses of insect phylogeny

Jessica L. Ware, Phillip Barden

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Fossils represent stem and crown lineages, and their inclusion in phylogenetic reconstruction influences branch lengths, topology, and divergence time estimation. In addition, paleontological data may inform trends in morphological evolution as well as biogeographic history. Here we review the incorporation of fossils in studies of insect evolution, from morphological analyses to combined ‘total evidence’ node dating analyses. We discuss challenges associated with fossil based phylogenetics, and suggest best practices for use in tree reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-76
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Insect Science
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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