Universal scaling in the branching of the tree of life

E. Alejandro Herrada*, Claudio J. Tessone, Konstantin Klemm, Victor M. Eguíluz, Emilio Hernández-García, Carlos M. Duarte

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Understanding the patterns and process of diversification of life in the planet is a key of science. The Tree of Life represents such diversification process through the evolutionary relationships among the different taxa, and can be extended down to intra-specific relationships. Here we examine the topological properties of a large set of interspecific and intraspecific phylogenies and show that the branching patterns follow the standard null models. The finding of non-random universal patterns of phylogenetic differentiation suggests that similar evolutionary forces drive diversification across the broad range of scales, from macro-evolutionary to micro-evolutionary processes, shaping the diversity of life on the planet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2757
JournalPloS one
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 23 2008
Externally publishedYes

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