August 18, 2011

Curators Publish New Edition of "Phylogenetics"

Curators Ed Wiley and Bruce Lieberman have updated "Phylogenetics: Theory and Practice of Phylogenetic Systematics," the first major update of the landmark publication in more than 25 years. 

 

 Since the publication of the first edition, phylogenetic systematics has taken its place as the dominant paradigm of systematic biology. It has profoundly influenced the way scientists study evolution, and has seen many theoretical and technical advances as the field has continued to grow.

Written for the practicing systematist and phylogeneticist, it addresses both the philosophical and technical issues of the field, as well as surveys general practices in taxonomy. Major sections of the book deal with the nature of species and higher taxa, homology and characters, trees and tree graphs, and biogeography—the purpose being to develop biologically relevant species, character, tree, and biogeographic concepts that can be applied fruitfully to phylogenetics. The book also has a focus on phylogenetic trees, including an in-depth guide to tree-building algorithms.