Lecture 16 - Comparative Methods: Trees, Maps, and Traits

author: Stephen C. Stearns, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: April 17, 2010,   recorded: February 2009,   views: 2424
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We can use methods of genetic analysis to connect phylogenic information to geographical histories. Human migration has left genetic traces on every continent, and allows us to trace our roots back to Africa. Molecular genetic methods allow us to determine whether or not trait states were ancestral, which can have profound implications for fundamental biological ideas.

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Stearns, Stephen C. and Rolf Hoekstra. Evolution: An Introduction, chapter 14

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