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The Decapod Tree of Life


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Photo by: Dr. Bracken-Grissom

​The Tree of Life depicts the evolutionary history of all extant and extinct organisms over the history of Life on Earth.  Currently, the CRUSTOMICS lab is involved in several Tree of Life projects focused on decapod crustaceans (crab, shrimp and lobsters) and pancrustaceans (crustaceans + insects).  The lab uses  morphological, molecular, and fossil data to build phylogenies from which we can make inferences about ecology, character evolution, diversification and origins.  To date, we have published over 30 studies exploring the evolution of these important groups and this continues to be a driving force in our lab. 

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