Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 12:00pm
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HUH Seminar Room 125, 22 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

HUH Seminar

Brian A. Atkinson, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Division of Paleobotany, Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas, will discuss "Unearthing the Tree of Death for Cornales: An Integrative Approach."

Cornales, the dogwood order, rapidly diversified during the Late Cretaceous (100-66 Ma). However, this rapid radiation has made it difficult to infer evolutionary relationships and patterns when including living taxa only. My approach to this problem is to increase the taxon sampling of cornaleans from the Cretaceous record and directly incorporate them (with living taxa) into phylogenetic and comparative analyses. This research highlights the challenges and importance of fossils in reconstructing phylogenetic patterns and evolutionary processes.

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