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1 February 2000 THE PHYLOGENETIC APPROACH TO AVIAN LIFE HISTORIES: AN IMPORTANT COMPLEMENT TO WITHIN-POPULATION STUDIES
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In recent years, two approaches have emerged for the analysis of character evolution: the largely statistical “convergence” approach and the mainly cladistic “homology” approach. I discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches as they apply to phylogenetic analyses of life-history variation in birds. Using examples from analyses of character variation in swallows, I suggest that the phylogenetic approach yields distinctive insights into the selective role of the environment and other characters of the organism on the evolution of life-history traits. This view thus has the potential of bringing together micro- and macro-evolutionary views of life-history evolution.

David W. Winkler "THE PHYLOGENETIC APPROACH TO AVIAN LIFE HISTORIES: AN IMPORTANT COMPLEMENT TO WITHIN-POPULATION STUDIES," The Condor 102(1), 52-59, (1 February 2000). https://doi.org/10.1650/0010-5422(2000)102[0052:TPATAL]2.0.CO;2
Received: 8 February 1999; Accepted: 1 October 1999; Published: 1 February 2000
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