Friday, June 13, 2008

Hot Off the Press: Evolution 52(6)

Another slow month for comparative methods. There are, however, at least five phylogeographic studies to check out (involving admiral butterflies, salamanders, ducks, and freshwater fish). Most involved fairly standard combinations of mitochondrial and nuclear markers analyzed with the usual suite of methods (e.g., trees, haplotype networks, AMOVA, coalescent methods). I was a bit surprised to see the salamander study by Bos et al. relying so heavily on mismatch distributions, I thought the ambiguity involved in intepreting such figures had made them a thing of the past. Perhaps even more surprisingly, Burridge et al. managed to sneak in a mtDNA-only analysis!

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