Phylogenetic diversity in conservation: why we should proceed with care.

Marcel Cardillo (Australian National University); Alex Skeels (Australian National University). Phylogenetic diversity (PD) connects systematics with conservation, by using phylogenetic branch lengths to quantify an assemblage’s “evolutionary history”, which is widely regarded as worthy of protection. Although PD is still rarely used in practical conservation decision making, it is becoming more visible in the international policy …

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