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Synthesizing and databasing fossil calibrations: divergence dating and beyond

Ksepka, Daniel T., Benton, Michael J., Carrano, Matthew T., Gandolfo, Maria A., Head, Jason J., Hermsen, Elizabeth J., Joyce, Walter G., Lamm, Kristin S., Patane, Jose S.L., Phillips, Matthew J., Polly, P. David, Van Tuinen, Marcel, Ware, Jessica L., Warnock, Rachel C. M., & Parham, James F. (2011) Synthesizing and databasing fossil calibrations: divergence dating and beyond. Biology Letters, 7(6), pp. 801-803.

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Abstract

Divergence dating studies, which combine temporal data from the fossil record with branch length data from molecular phylogenetic trees, represent a rapidly expanding approach to understanding the history of life. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center hosted the first Fossil Calibrations Working Group (3–6 March, 2011, Durham, NC, USA), bringing together palaeontologists, molecular evolutionists and bioinformatics experts to present perspectives from disciplines that generate, model and use fossil calibration data. Presentations and discussions focused on channels for interdisciplinary collaboration, best practices for justifying, reporting and using fossil calibrations and roadblocks to synthesis of palaeontological and molecular data. Bioinformatics solutions were proposed, with the primary objective being a new database for vetted fossil calibrations with linkages to existing resources, targeted for a 2012 launch.

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ID Code: 50521
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Molecular clocks, Palaeontology, Bioinformatics, Database
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0356
ISSN: 1744-957X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 22 May 2012 22:26
Last Modified: 22 May 2012 22:26

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