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Phylogenetic supertrees:Combining information to reveal the Tree of Life
This is the first book on "phylogenetic supertrees", a recent, but controversial development for inferring evolutionary trees. Rather than analyze the combined primary character data directly, supertree construction proceeds by combining the tree topologies derived from those data. This difference in strategy has allowed for the exciting possibility of larger, more complete phylogenies than are otherwise currently possible, with the potential to revolutionize evolutionarily-based research.
The authors conclude:
Our phylogenetic analyses do not support tree-thinking. These results have important conceptual and practical implications. We argue that representations other than a tree should be investigated in this case because a non-critical concatenation of markers could be highly misleading.
This Prize is the only award in the world for excellence in biodiversity informatics, the area of science that develops computer programs and uses the Internet in support of research on the range and spread of life on earth.
Read more on the GBIF site.
The PhyCom server has been hacked, so the site will be down for a few days. There are some sad people in this world who have nothing better to do than create needless work for others.
St├?┬ęphane Guindon and Olivier Gascuel's paper
According to the ISI, a fast breaking paper is a paper in the top 1% of the most cited papers in a field which has had the largest percentage increase in citations from one bimonthly update to the next.
LaTeX users can rejoice as thanks to Ashleigh Smythe there is now a BibTeX template for formating references in Systematic Biology style. The template and instructions on how to use it are here.
Any and all poems concerning the theme of evolution are solicited; serious, funny, tragic, elegant, nonsensical, in any style including tanka, limericks, haiku, free verse, couplets, and epic poems.
Winner(s) to be announced and poem(s) read at the
Prize(s) also remain to be determined, but will be glorious and highly desirable.
The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks
BMC Evolutionary Biology
Molecular Biology and Evolution