Universal scaling in the branching of the tree of life

E. Alejandro Herrada, Claudio J. Tessone, Konstantin Klemm, Victor M. Eguíluz, Emilio Hernández-García, Carlos M. Duarte

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Understanding the patterns and process of diversification of life in the planet is a key of science. The Tree of Life represents such diversification process through the evolutionary relationships among the different taxa, and can be extended down to intra-specific relationships. Here we examine the topological properties of a large set of interspecific and intraspecific phylogenies and show that the branching patterns follow the standard null models. The finding of non-random universal patterns of phylogenetic differentiation suggests that similar evolutionary forces drive diversification across the broad range of scales, from macro-evolutionary to micro-evolutionary processes, shaping the diversity of life on the planet.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2757
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 23 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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Herrada, E. A., Tessone, C. J., Klemm, K., Eguíluz, V. M., Hernández-García, E., & Duarte, C. M. (2008). Universal scaling in the branching of the tree of life. PLoS ONE, 3(7), [e2757]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0002757