# Relaxed phylogenetics and dating with confidence plos biology

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Citation: Drummond AJ, Ho SYW, Phillips MJ, Rambaut A () Relaxed phylogenetics and dating with confidence. PLoS Biol 4(5): e Citation: Drummond AJ, Ho SYW, Phillips MJ, Rambaut A () Relaxed Phylogenetics and Dating with Confidence. PLoS Biol 4(5): e PLoS One 4:e Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, London B Biological Sciences Relaxed phylogenetics and dating with confidence.

Show Context Citation Context Datasets Five large datasets were obtained from previous studies: Molecular Biology and Evolution - Philippe, Snell, et al. Nine metazoan taxa were selected from this dataset so that the tree relating the selected taxa was not in dispute.

## Relaxed phylogenetics and dating with confidence.

Genes that were unavailable for one or more of the nine selected taxa were removed, Bayesian relaxed-clock methods, including those published by Thorne et al. These model the Academic Editor: Less commonly, sequencesssampled at different times can provide an estimated rate ofsevolution; this requires either a very fast evolutionary rates e.

Whatever the source of the independent information,sit is usual to calibrate a phylogeny by assuming that all itssbra Such models generally have a number of hyperparameters for example, effective population size, growth r The early fossil record of marsupials [34] is poorly known.

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As a result, point calibrations that utilize the oldest fossils that mark divergences of one group from another are likely to be substanti The non-primates were removed from the alignment, and sites with a gap in any sequence were removed.

The remaining alignment was broken up into alignments of equal length bp. Such problems with the molecular clock hypothesis have resulted in it being abandoned almost entirely for phylogenetic inference in favor of a model that assumes that every branch has an independen First, to ascertain the joint prior distribution on the nodes of interest, the four calibration points, the Yule prior, and the reciprocal monophyly constraints were analyzed without any sequence da Traditional speciation models such as the Yule process [61] and various birth— death models [62,63] can also provide useful priors for species-l However, assigning branches to different groups can be a difficult exercise if the number of sequences is large or if there is considerable uncertainty about the phylogenetic relationships among the Known ages of the sequences: Again, there may be uncertainty in calibration dates [67].

The RNA virus data in this study provide examples of this form of calibration information. The figure above shows 2 fixed local clocks: BEAST estimates that the former has a high evolutionary rate and the latter has a low evolutionary rate, with those rates being constant within each clade.

### Relaxed phylogenetics and dating with confidence.

The shift in evolutionary rate occurs at the T MRCA of those defined clades, and hence no shifts are allowed to occur at random times on a branch. Uncorrelated relaxed clock Uncorrelated relaxed clocks allow each branch of a phylogenetic tree to have its own evolutionary rate Drummond et al. This means that the evolutionary rate across branches can change abruptly, i.

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- Molecular Clocks

Under the uncorrelated relaxed clock model, the evolutionary rate at each branch is drawn from an underlying distribution. The different rates are sampled from a probability distribution, whose parameters are also sampled by the MCMC chain. In BEAUti, the supported distributions are log-normal, exponential and gamma distributions.

The relaxed clock implementation in BEAST works by assigning each branch one rate from a fixed number of discrete rates. Basically, the underlying distribution is discretized into a number of categories equal to the number of branches and each branch receives a unique evolutionary rate from that discretization. However, a limited amount of duplicates are allowed so that the uncorrelated relaxed clock can fit the data as best as possible.

Random local clock Random local clocks permit an amount of variation in evolutionary rate across a tree which is more than the strict clock which has no variation but less than the relaxed clock which has a different rate for each branch Drummond and Suchard, They work by proposing a series of local molecular clocks, each extending over a subregion of the full phylogeny. Each branch in a phylogeny subtending a clade is a possible location for a change of rate from one local clock to a new one.

The number of changes may hence be zero in which case the resulting clock is a strict clockor it may be equal to the number of branches in which case the resulting clock is a relaxed clockor it may be somewhere in between.

This is entirely determined by the data, as the MCMC chain samples over both the number of changes and their locations on the tree.