Phylogenetic Paleoecology: Tree-Thinking and Ecology in Deep Time

James C. Lamsdell, Curtis R. Congreve, Melanie J. Hopkins, Andrew Z. Krug, Mark E. Patzkowsky

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The new and emerging field of phylogenetic paleoecology leverages the evolutionary relationships among species to explain temporal and spatial changes in species diversity, abundance, and distribution in deep time. This field is poised for rapid progress as knowledge of the evolutionary relationships among fossil species continues to expand. In particular, this approach will lend new insights to many of the longstanding questions in evolutionary biology, such as: the relationships among character change, ecology, and evolutionary rates; the processes that determine the evolutionary relationships among species within communities and along environmental gradients; and the phylogenetic signal underlying ecological selectivity in background and mass extinctions and in major evolutionary radiations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)452-463
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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