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Measurement errors should always be incorporated in phylogenetic comparative analysis [Methods in Ecology and Evolution]

Keywords: Brownian motion, comparative methods, macroevolution, measurement error, model selection, Ornstein–Uhlenbeck

by Frédéric Magné - published on , updated on

The evolution of continuous traits is the central component of comparative analyses in phylogenetics, and the comparison of alternative models of trait evolution has greatly improved our understanding of the mechanisms driving phenotypic differentiation. Several factors influence the comparison of models, and we explore the effects of random errors in trait measurement on the accuracy of model selection.(...)

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