Four mammal fossil calibrations: Balancing competing palaeontological and molecular considerations
Phillips, Matthew J. (2015) Four mammal fossil calibrations: Balancing competing palaeontological and molecular considerations. Palaeontologia Electronica, 18.1.5FC, pp. 1-16.
With the introduction of relaxed-clock molecular dating methods, the role of fossil calibration has expanded from providing a timescale, to also informing the models for molecular rate variation across the phylogeny. Here I suggest fossil calibration bounds for four mammal clades, Monotremata (platypus and echidnas), Macropodoidea (kangaroos and potoroos), Caviomorpha-Phiomorpha (South American and African hystricognath rodents), and Chiroptera (bats). In each case I consider sources of uncertainty in the fossil record and provide a molecular dating analysis to examine how the suggested calibration priors are further informed by other mammal fossil calibrations and molecular data.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Caviomorpha-Phiomorpha, Chiroptera, Fossil calibration, Macropodoidea, Monotremata, Molecular dating|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2015 Palaeontological Association|
|Deposited On:||04 Aug 2015 23:51|
|Last Modified:||06 Aug 2015 04:01|
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