Data from: Data sources for trait databases: comparing the phenomic content of monographs and evolutionary matrices

T. Alex Dechecchi, Paula M. Mabee, David C. Blackburn & T. Alex Dececchi
Databases of organismal traits that aggregate information from one or multiple sources can be leveraged for large-scale analyses in biology. Yet the differences among these data streams and how well they capture trait diversity have never been explored. We present the first analysis of the differences between phenotypes captured in free text of descriptive publications (‘monographs’) and those used in phylogenetic analyses (‘matrices’). We focus our analysis on osteological phenotypes of the limbs of four...
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