Biogeographic dating of phylogenetic divergence times using priors and processes

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Historical biogeographic processes shaped the distribution of life throughout space and time. A species range might expand, contract, or subdivide throughout its evolutionary history, during which extrinsic factors such as the palaeogeographic arrangement of land masses can influence how a species range evolves. Phylogenetic studies can therefore benefit from incorporating biogeographic and palaeogeographic evidence into their analyses in order to better estimate species divergence times and species relationships. This chapter begins by outlining a conceptual framework for using biogeography to date phylogenies, with some emphasis on the inherent uncertainty of reconstructing past events. Following this, the chapter explores two methods (prior-and process-based methods) for estimating divergence times using biogeographic evidence and discusses their applications and merits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Molecular Evolutionary Clock
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030601812
ISBN (Print)9783030601805
StatePublished - Jan 18 2021


  • Biogeography
  • Dating
  • Palaeogeography
  • Phylogenetic inference
  • Time-calibration


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