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Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Bayesian Phylogenetic Inference from Animal Mitocondrial Genome Arrangements

Publication Date

February, 2002

Publication Type

Tech Report


Bret Larget, Donald L. Simon and Joseph B. Kadane


The determination of evolutionary relationships is a fundamental problem in evolutionary biology. Genome arrangement data is potentially more informative than DNA sequence data for inferring evolutionary relationships among distantly related taxa. We describe a Bayesian framework for phylogenetic inference from mitochondrial genome arrangement data using Markov chain Monte Carlo methods. We apply the method to assess evolutionary relationships among eight animal phyla.