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Detecting the macroevolutionary signal of species interactions

Journal article
Authors L. J. Harmon
C. S. Andreazzi
F. Débarre
J. Drury
E. E. Goldberg
A. B. Martins
C. J. Melián
A. Narwani
S. L. Nuismer
M. W. Pennell
S. M. Rudman
O. Seehausen
Daniele Silvestro
M. Weber
B. Matthews
Published in Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Volume 32
Issue 8
Pages 769-782
ISSN 1010-061X
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Pages 769-782
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1111/jeb.13477
Keywords coevolution, extinction, macroevolution, network, phylogeny, speciation, species interactions, trait evolution
Subject categories Zoology

Abstract

Species interactions lie at the heart of many theories of macroevolution, from adaptive radiation to the Red Queen. Although some theories describe the imprint that interactions will have over long timescales, we are still missing a comprehensive understanding of the effects of interactions on macroevolution. Current research shows strong evidence for the impact of interactions on macroevolutionary patterns of trait evolution and diversification, yet many macroevolutionary studies have only a tenuous relationship to ecological studies of interactions over shorter timescales. We review current research in this area, highlighting approaches that explicitly model species interactions and connect them to broad-scale macroevolutionary patterns. We also suggest that progress has been made by taking an integrative interdisciplinary look at individual clades. We focus on African cichlids as a case study of how this approach can be fruitful. Overall, although the evidence for species interactions shaping macroevolution is strong, further work using integrative and model-based approaches is needed to spur progress towards understanding the complex dynamics that structure communities over time and space. © 2019 European Society For Evolutionary Biology. Journal of Evolutionary Biology © 2019 European Society For Evolutionary Biology

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