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Phylogenetic comparative methods
also called Comparative phylogeny and has 2 more synonyms

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  1. use information on the evolutionary relationships of organisms (phylogenetic trees) to compare species (Harvey and Pagel, 1991)

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  2. In addition to having a long and extremely productive history in biology, comparative methods are often controversial

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  3. The most common applications are to test for correlated evolutionary changes in two or more traits, or to determine whether a trait contains phylogenetic signal (the tendency for related species to resemble each other)

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  4. However, several methods are available to relate particular phenotypic traits to variation in rates of speciation and/or extinction, including attempts to identify evolutionary key innovations

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  5. Although most studies that employ PCMs focus on extant organisms, the methods can also be applied to extinct taxa and can incorporate information from the fossil record

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