paleotree: Paleontological and Phylogenetic Analyses of Evolution
Version 2.7

Provides tools for transforming, a posteriori time-scaling, and modifying phylogenies containing extinct (i.e. fossil) lineages. In particular, most users are interested in the functions timePaleoPhy(), bin_timePaleoPhy(), cal3TimePaleoPhy() and bin_cal3TimePaleoPhy(), which a posteriori time-scale cladograms of fossil taxa into dated phylogenies. This package also contains a large number of likelihood functions for estimating sampling and diversification rates from different types of data available from the fossil record (e.g. range data, occurrence data, etc). paleotree users can also simulate diversification and sampling in the fossil record using the function simFossilRecord(), which is a detailed simulator for branching birth-death-sampling processes composed of discrete taxonomic units arranged in ancestor-descendant relationships. Users can use simFossilRecord() to simulate diversification in incompletely sampled fossil records, under various models of morphological differentiation (i.e. the various patterns by which morphotaxa originate from one another), and with time-dependent, longevity-dependent and/or diversity-dependent rates of diversification, extinction and sampling. Additional functions allow users to translate simulated ancestor-descendant data from simFossilRecord() into standard time-scaled phylogenies or unscaled cladograms that reflect the relationships among taxon units.

Package details

AuthorDavid W. Bapst
Date of publication2016-04-13 21:35:16
MaintainerDavid W. Bapst <>
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paleotree documentation built on May 29, 2017, 11:05 p.m.