Biologists use phylogenetic trees in many different ways to solve both scientific and practical problems. The following case studies highlight just a few of these examples:
- Using trees to make predictions about fossils: The whale’s ankle
- Using trees to learn about the evolution of complex features: The striped cichlid
- Using trees to make predictions about poorly-studied species: A new drug
- Using trees to learn about the order of evolution: The spider’s web
- Using trees to learn about the evolution of diversity: The beetles’ diet
Explore further! Find out how evolutionary trees are used to make wildlife management decisions in our tutorial on the relevance of evolution for conservation efforts.