215 pages, diagrams
Recent computational and modeling advances have produced methods for estimating species trees directly, avoiding the problems and limitations of the traditional phylogenetic paradigm where an estimated gene tree is equated with the history of species divergence.
The overarching goal of the volume is to increase the visibility and use of these new methods by the entire phylogenetic community by specifically addressing several challenges: firm understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the methodology, empirical examples demonstrating the utility of the methodology as well as its limitations, and attention to technical aspects involved in the actual software implementation of the methodology.
I do not disagree, and I therefore hope that this book will stimulate theoreticians to become involved in exploring specific topics in more depth and encourage empiricists to test the available methods by using them in their own data analyses. In this way, phylogenetics should move closer to its ultimate practical goal of producing accurate evolutionary histories for all known organisms. (Systematic Biology, 15 June 2011)
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