4 Works

Data from: Joint reconstruction of divergence times and life-history evolution in placental mammals using a phylogenetic covariance model

Nicolas Lartillot & Frédéric Delsuc
Violation of the molecular clock has been amply documented, and is now routinely taken into account by molecular dating methods. Comparative analyses have revealed a systematic component in rate variation, relating it to the evolution of life-history traits, such as body size or generation time. Life-history evolution can be reconstructed using Brownian models. However, the resulting estimates are typically uncertain, and potentially sensitive to the underlying assumptions. As a way of obtaining more accurate ancestral...

Data from: Disentangling invasion processes in a dynamic shipping - boating network

Anaïs Lacoursière-Roussel, Christopher W. McKindsey, Dan G. Bock, Melania E. Cristescu, Frédéric Guichard, Philippe Girard & Pierre Legendre
The relative importance of multiple vectors to the initial establishment, spread, and population dynamics of invasive species remains poorly understood. This study used molecular methods to clarify the roles of commercial shipping and recreational boating in the invasion by the cosmopolitan tunicate, Botryllus schlosseri. We evaluated i) single vs. multiple introduction scenarios, ii) the relative importance of shipping and boating to primary introductions, iii) the interaction between these vectors for spread (i.e., the presence of...

Data from: Wright's shifting balance theory and the diversification of aposematic signals

Mathieu Chouteau & Bernard Angers
Despite accumulating evidence for selection within natural systems, the importance of random genetic drift opposing Wright's and Fisher's views of evolution continue to be a subject of controversy. The geographical diversification of aposematic signals appears to be a suitable system to assess the factors involved in the process of adaptation since both theories were independently proposed to explain this phenomenon. In the present study, the effects of drift and selection were assessed from population genetics...

Data from: Origin of land plants revisited in the light of sequence contamination and missing data

Simon Laurin-Lemay, Henner Brinkmann & Hervé Philippe
Knowing the closest relatives of land plants is key to understanding the complex adaptations to terrestrial life. Unfortunately, multi-gene analyses yield highly incongruent results, suggesting for instance Charales, Zygnematales, or Coleochaete as the sister-group of land plants. Such controversy may result from the real history of life, in particular closely spaced speciation events, incomplete lineage sorting, gene duplication or horizontal gene transfer. In such cases, the solution resides in improved taxon sampling and sophisticated models...

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  • 2012

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  • University of Montreal
  • University of Windsor
  • McGill University
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • University of Montpellier