Reconstructing accurate phylogenies is a major pursuit in biology, yet despite the progress made in our understanding of deep metazoan phylogeny, important questions remain. This interdisciplinary project will improve our ability to characterise and understand rapid radiation and rapid divergence. In the experimental part of the project, we will collect and sequence fresh material from multiple members of key taxa. In the computational part, we will implement a novel and efficient maximum likelihood tree inference method. The project could reveal the basis of aspects of evolutionary innovation important to the establishment of complex species.
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