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Twenty-five key evolutionary insights from the phylogeographic revolution in population genetics

  • John C. Avise
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Abstract

An overview is provided of 25 novel perspectives that the field of phylogeography has brought to scientific studies of population genetics and speciation. A unifying theme is that microevolu-tion can be described as an extended genealogical process played out in space and time, and reflecting the oft-idiosyncratic biological and environmental factors that have impinged on historical population demography. Most of the empirical and conceptual methods of phylogeo-graphy depart considerably from conventional equilibrium approaches, and they are helping to reorient and extend traditional population genetics in realistic directions that emphasize historical demography and genealogy.

Keywords

phylogeography genealogy gene trees demography speciation 

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