[Taxacom] Other estimation

Dan Lahr daniel.lahr at gmail.com
Mon Dec 6 17:54:59 CST 2010

This issue has been superbly fleshed out by Dan Graur and Bill Martin.
Strongly recommended reading:


After this paper came out, and the development of better methods for
calculating molecular clocks, the mentioned assumption seems to be
less and less common.

Kind regards,


On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 5:35 PM, David Campbell <pleuronaia at gmail.com> wrote:
> Mention of proper incorporation of multiple error estimates in GPS
> coordinates brought to mind another area where excessively accurate
> reported values are rampant.  It seems to be a common practice to
> assume that all the information going into a molecular clock
> calculation is statistically error-free, even when citing it form a
> source that gave an estimated error.  In reality, each independent
> source of error interacts to produce a larger final error.
> --
> Dr. David Campbell
> The Paleontological Research Institution
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Daniel Lahr
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Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
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