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A paper of potential interest to those concerned with the "phylogenetic valence" of morphological characters is:
Zander, R. H. 2006. The Pottiaceae s.str. as an evolutionary Lazarus taxon. J. Hattori Bot. Lab. 100: 581--602.
This paper provides an example and a theoretic justification for rejecting phylogenetic splitting of groups for which resultant massive morphological homoplasy would then contravene Dollo's Rule against re-evolution of complex traits.
New Applications of Bayesian Inference in Phylogenetic Biology
We would like to invite all interested parties to attend the forthcoming Ă˘â?¬Ë?Bayesian InvasionĂ˘â?¬â?˘ symposium. The event features presentations by leading experts in Bayesian phylogenetic research that highlight exciting new developments in Bayesian phylogeny estimation and phylogeny-based inference methods.
Michael Donoghue (Yale University)
Joseph Chang (Yale University)
NESCent Postdoctoral Fellows, Sabbatical Scholars, Working Groups and Catalysis Groups
The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is now accepting proposals for Postdoctoral Fellows, Sabbatical Scholars, Working Groups and Catalysis Groups. The deadline is December 1, 2006. For more information, please see our website at http://www.nescent.org/proposals/.
"Countering the Wedge: A multi-pronged, multi-year strategy to oppose creationism and intelligent design in the science curriculum of public schools" is a document authored by Massimo Pigliucci, David Baum, and Mark McPeek for the joint council of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Society of Systematic Biologists, and the American Society of Naturalists.
The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is now accepting proposals for Working Groups and Catalysis Groups. The deadline is June 15, 2006. For more information, please see our website.
Dates: 13-14 October 2006
The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks
BMC Evolutionary Biology
Molecular Biology and Evolution