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Phylogenetic relationships of angiosperm fossil flowers, and their relevance to investigate floral evolution

Project summary:

This project seeks to integrate well-preserved fossil flowers into phylogenetic frameworks combined with extant taxa, with the purpose of investigating the time of origin and diversification of all angiosperm families, as well as broad-patterns of floral evolution informed by the combination of fossils and extant taxa.

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Andrea López Martínez

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Current student


Flowering plants, Fossils

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Sauquet, H., von Balthazar, M., Magallón, S., Doyle, J., Endress, P., & Bailes, E. et al. 2017. The ancestral flower of angiosperms and its early diversification. Nature Communications, 8(1).

Friis, E., Marone, F., Pedersen, K., Crane, P., & Stampanoni, M. 2014. Three- dimensional visualization of fossil flowers, fruits, seeds, and other plant remains using synchrotron radiation X-ray tomographic microscopy (SRXTM): new insights into Cretaceous plant diversity. Journal of Paleontology, 88(4), 684-701.

Heath, T., Huelsenbeck, J., & Stadler, T. 2014. The fossilized birth-death process for coherent calibration of divergence-time estimates. Proceedings of The National Academy Of Sciences, 111(29), E2957-E2966. doi:10.1073/pnas.1319091111

Friis Else Marie, Pedersen Kaj Raunsgaard and Crane Peter R. 2010. Diversity in obscurity: fossil flowers and the early history of angiosperms. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 365: 369-382

Referee 1:

Susana Magallón

Referee 2:

Hervé Sauquet

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1.  Contribution to novel methods for research in systematics and taxonomy and/or
     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

2.  Contribution to the generation of novel systematic data

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4.  Adequacy of methods for testing hypotheses (data collection/analysis/use of different tools)

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