Branching patterns in phylogenies cannot distinguish diversity-dependent diversification from time-dependent diversification

Theo Pannetier, César Martinez, Lynsey Bunnefeld & Rampal S. Etienne
One of the primary goals of macroevolutionary biology has been to explain general trends in long-term diversity patterns, including whether such patterns correspond to an up-scaling of processes occurring at lower scales. Reconstructed phylogenies often show decelerated lineage accumulation over time. This pattern has often been interpreted as the result of diversity-dependent diversification, where the accumulation of species causes diversification to decrease through niche filling. However, other processes can also produce such a slowdown, including...
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