Branching Out with Coevolutionary Trees

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Abstract

Coevolution (reciprocal evolutionary change in interacting species) is posited as a major mechanism that creates new species. A challenge has been to understand how coevolution has shaped the patterns of relatedness of interacting species and the traits involved in the interaction. Ongoing advances in the field of molecular phylogenetics have opened exciting avenues to examine both ancient and recent coevolutionary processes. Using plant-insect interactions as examples, I review the predictions of a number of coevolutionary models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-70
Number of pages9
JournalEvolution: Education and Outreach
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2 2010

Keywords

  • Coevolution
  • Escape and radiate
  • Geographic mosaic theory
  • Molecular clock
  • Phylogenetics
  • Plant-insect interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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