Combining data in phylogenetic analysis

Journal Article

Systematists have access to multiple sources of character information in phylogenetic analysis. For example, it is not unusual to have nucleotide sequences from several different genes, or to have molecular and morphological data. How should diverse data be analyzed in phylogenetic analysis? Several methods have been proposed for the treatment of partitioned data: the total evidence, separate analysis, and conditional combination approaches. Here, we review some of the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches, with special concentration on which methods help us to discern the evolutionary process and provide the most accurate estimates of phylogeny.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Huelsenbeck, JP; Bull, JJ; Cunningham, CW

Published Date

  • 1996

Published In

  • Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 152 - 158

PubMed ID

  • 21237790

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0169-5347(96)10006-9