Data from: Testing the molecular clock using mechanistic models of fossil preservation and molecular evolution

Rachel C. M. Warnock, Ziheng Yang & Philip C. J. Donoghue
Molecular sequence data provide information about relative times only, and fossil-based age constraints are the ultimate source of information about absolute times in molecular clock dating analyses. Thus, fossil calibrations are critical to molecular clock dating, but competing methods are difficult to evaluate empirically because the true evolutionary time scale is never known. Here, we combine mechanistic models of fossil preservation and sequence evolution in simulations to evaluate different approaches to constructing fossil calibrations and...
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