Université de Fribourg

The Fossil Calibration Database, A New Resource for Divergence Dating

Ksepka, Daniel T. ; Parham, James. F. ; Allman, James F. ; Benton, Michael J. ; Carrano, Matthew T. ; Cranston, Karen A. ; Donoghue, Philip C. J. ; Head, Jason J. ; Hermsen, Elizabeth J. ; Irmis, Randall B. ; Joyce, Walter G. ; Kohli, Manpreet ; Lamm, Kristin S. ; Leehr, Dan ; Patané, José S. L. ; Polly, P. David ; Phillips, Matthew J. ; Smith, N. Adam ; Smith, Nathan D. ; Tuinen, Marcel van ; Ware, Jessica L. ; Warnock, Rachel C. M.

In: Systematic Biology, 2015, p. syv025

Fossils provide the principal basis for temporal calibrations, which are critical to the accuracy of divergence dating analyses. Translating fossil data into minimum and maximum bounds for calibrations is the most important, and often least appreciated, step of divergence dating. Properly justified calibrations require the synthesis of phylogenetic, paleontological, and geological evidence and...