Molecular Evolution: A Statistical Approach

Ziheng Yang’s new book, “Mol­e­c­u­lar Evo­lu­tion: A Sta­tis­ti­cal Approach” is on sale at Ama­zon. The cov­er pho­to, a west­ern fence lizard (Scelo­porus occi­den­tal­is), was tak­en by Charles Linkem dur­ing our col­lect­ing trip to Ore­gon last sum­mer. Some peo­ple think that the lizard is beau­ti­ful, while oth­ers (Ziheng includ­ed) think that it looks ter­ri­fy­ing. The book cov­ers the sta­tis­ti­cal and com­pu­ta­tion­al foun­da­tions of mol­e­c­u­lar evo­lu­tion, phy­lo­ge­net­ics and phy­lo­geog­ra­phy. It pro­vides expla­na­tions and exam­ples using real data analy­sis. The data and com­put­er pro­grams are avail­able on the web, and course mate­ri­als are pro­vid­ed at the end of each chap­ter. This will make it easy to use the book for teach­ing, per­haps in a grad­u­ate sem­i­nar course.



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