Synthesizing and databasing fossil calibrations: Divergence dating and beyond

Ksepka DT, Benton MJ, Carrano MT, Gandolfo MA, Head JJ, Hermsen EJ, Joyce WG, Lamm KS, Patane JSL, Phillips MJ, Polly PD, Van Tuinen M, Ware JL, Warnock RCM, Parham JF (2011)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2011


Book Volume: 7

Pages Range: 801-803

Journal Issue: 6

DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0356


Divergence dating studies, which combine temporal data from the fossil record with branch length data from molecular phylogenetic trees, represent a rapidly expanding approach to understanding the history of life. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center hosted the first Fossil Calibrations Working Group (3-6 March, 2011, Durham,NC, USA), bringing together palaeontologists, molecular evolutionists and bioinformatics experts to present perspectives from disciplines that generate, model and use fossil calibration data. Presentations and discussions focused on channels for interdisciplinary collaboration, best practices for justifying, reporting and using fossil calibrations and roadblocks to synthesis of palaeontological and molecular data. Bioinformatics solutions were proposed, with the primary objective being a new database for vetted fossil calibrations with linkages to existing resources, targeted for a 2012 launch. © 2011 The Royal Society.

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Ksepka, D.T., Benton, M.J., Carrano, M.T., Gandolfo, M.A., Head, J.J., Hermsen, E.J.,... Parham, J.F. (2011). Synthesizing and databasing fossil calibrations: Divergence dating and beyond. Biology Letters, 7(6), 801-803.


Ksepka, Daniel T., et al. "Synthesizing and databasing fossil calibrations: Divergence dating and beyond." Biology Letters 7.6 (2011): 801-803.

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