How good are deep phylogenetic trees?

Curr Opin Genet Dev. 1998 Dec;8(6):616-23. doi: 10.1016/s0959-437x(98)80028-2.


Great interest is given to species emerging early in phylogenetic reconstruction because they are often assumed to represent an ancestor. Recent studies indicate, however, that species branching deep in molecular trees are often fast-evolving ones, misplaced because of the long-branch artefact. The detection of genuinely deep-branching organisms remains an elusive task.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Humans
  • Phylogeny*