Do we still need supertrees?
Center for Integrative Bioinformatics Vienna, Max F Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna and Medical University Vienna, Dr.-Bohr-Gasse 9, 1030 Vienna, Austria
BMC Biology 2012, 10:13 doi:10.1186/1741-7007-10-13Published: 27 February 2012
The up-dated species level phylogeny for the carnivores using a supertree approach provides new insights into the evolutionary origin and relationships of carnivores. While the gain in biological knowledge is substantial, the supertree approach is not undisputed. I discuss the principles of supertree methods and the competitor supermatrix approaches. I argue that both methods are important to infer phylogenetic relationships.