Module 7: Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics

Module topics

  • Historical perspective on the development of the theory of evolution. Mechanisms of molecular evolution and speciation.
  • Traits, phylogenies, evolutionary models and divergence times.
  • Complexity of the space of phylogenetic models, heuristics to map it. Tree building with distance matrix methods. Parsimony approaches.
  • Tree building with maximum likelihood approaches. Bayesian viewpoint. Branch support measures.

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