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Tulane University
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
 
EBIO-6380
 
PHYLOGENETICS
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION
 
A discussion of the goals, methods, theory, and implications of phylogenetic analysis.  A comparison of phylogenetic methods, including parsimony, likelihood, and Bayesian inference.  Other topics include the definition of evolutionary characters and their polarization, measurements of homoplasy, confidence measures for phylogenetic hypotheses, gene trees and coalescence theory, and phylogeny-based scientific nomenclature.  Emphasis is on the evaluation of phylogenies and their application; the course does not deal with specific phylogenetic computer programs.
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Ernst Haecke: Der Stammbaum des Menschen (1874)
The Phylogenetic Tree of Life based on comparative ssrRNA Sequencing.