Phylogenetics: The Theory and Practice of Phylogenetic Systematics

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The most comprehensive treatment of the subject available, Phylogenetics covers the principles and methodology of modern systematics in an engaging and highly accessible style and format. This Second Edition has been updated to reflect the major contributions of computer methods on phylogenetic analysis and includes an entirely new chapter on the uses of phylogenetics in evolutionary studies. Written by a world–renowned expert and authority in the field, the book is appropriate for professionals and students alike.

  • Details the biological bases and practical applications of phylogenetic methods
  • Includes an entirely new chapter on the uses of phylogenetics in evolutionary studies

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The volume is impressively broad in its coverage of modern systematics, including topics such as nomenclature, curatorial practices, and publication, in addition to the basic principles and methods of phylogenetic inference.   (The Quarterly Review of Biology, 1 March 2014)


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The long–awaited revision of the industry standard on phylogenetics

Since the publication of the first edition of this landmark volume more than twenty–five years ago, phylogenetic systematics has taken its place as the dominant paradigm of systematic biology. It has profoundly influenced the way scientists study evolution, and has seen many theoretical and technical advances as the field has continued to grow. It goes almost without saying that the next twenty–five years of phylogenetic research will prove as fascinating as the first, with many exciting developments yet to come.

This new edition of Phylogenetics captures the very essence of this rapidly evolving discipline. Written for the practicing systematist and phylogeneticist, it addresses both the philosophical and technical issues of the field, as well as surveys general practices in taxonomy. Major sections of the book deal with the nature of species and higher taxa, homology and characters, trees and tree graphs, and biogeography the purpose being to develop biologically relevant species, character, tree, and biogeographic concepts that can be applied fruitfully to phylogenetics.

The book then turns its focus to phylogenetic trees, including an in–depth guide to tree–building algorithms. Additional coverage includes:

  • Parsimony and parsimony analysis

  • Parametric phylogenetics including maximum likelihood and Bayesian approaches

  • Phylogenetic classification

  • Critiques of evolutionary taxonomy, phenetics, and transformed cladistics

  • Specimen selection, field collecting, and curating

  • Systematic publication and the rules of nomenclature

Providing a thorough synthesis of the field, this important update to Phylogenetics is essential for students and researchers in the areas of evolutionary biology, molecular evolution, genetics and evolutionary genetics, paleontology, physical anthropology, and zoology.

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