|Reconstruction of body mass evolution in the Cetartiodactyla and mammals using phylogenomic data|
Emeric Figuet, Marion Ballenghien, Nicolas Lartillot, Nicolas Galtier
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Predicting small ancestors using contemporary genomes of large mammals
Recent methodological developments and increased genome sequencing efforts have introduced the tantalizing possibility of inferring ancestral phenotypes using DNA from contemporary species. One intriguing application of this idea is to exploit the apparent correlation between substitution rates and body size to infer ancestral species' body sizes using the inferred patterns of substitution rate variation among species lineages based on genomes of extant species .
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