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Do we still need supertrees?

Arndt von Haeseler

Author affiliations

Center for Integrative Bioinformatics Vienna, Max F Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna and Medical University Vienna, Dr.-Bohr-Gasse 9, 1030 Vienna, Austria

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BMC Biology 2012, 10:13  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-10-13

Published: 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.

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