Lecture7 handout 9 September - BioEE1780 Evolution and...

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BioEE1780 Evolution and Biodiversity Today’s lecturer: Irby Lovette Lecture 7: Sept. 9, 2011 Seeing the forest from the trees: phylogenies at work Readings: Textbook sections 4.3 & 10.4 The textbook readings for this lecture are short, but important. Please pay special attention to the comparative method as presented in section 10.4. This is one of the many situations where the textbook uses a particular example (testis size in bats — the same example we will use in lecture today) to illustrate a much more general theme (in this case, how we use the comparative method to test hypotheses that are not amenable to direct experimentation). Be sure that you focus your learning on this general theme and how it applies broadly, not on the details of the genital anatomy of bats! Another study hint: we won’t ever ask you to perform the calculations described in box 10.2, but please review that box as a way of understanding this approach to comparative hypothesis testing.
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