Bushes in the tree of life

PLoS Biol. 2006 Nov;4(11):e352. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040352.


A discussion of how homoplasy (the frequency of independently evolved characters) and the spacing of cladogenetic events limit our ability to reconstruct the tree of life using existing phylogenetic methods.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Classification / methods*
  • Computational Biology*
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Genetic Variation / genetics
  • Genome*
  • Hominidae / classification
  • Humans
  • Phylogeny