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Prioritizing phylogenetic diversity captures functional diversity unreliably

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In the face of the biodiversity crisis, it is argued that we should prioritize species in order to capture high functional diversity (FD). Because species traits often reflect shared evolutionary history, many researchers have assumed that maximizing phylogenetic diversity (PD) should indirectly capture FD, a hypothesis that we name the “phylogenetic gambit”. Here, we empirically test this gambit using data on ecologically relevant traits from >15,000 vertebrate species. Specifically, we e...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1038/s41467-018-05126-3

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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada More from this funder
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig More from this funder
Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution More from this funder
Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowships More from this funder
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Springer Nature Publisher's website
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Nature Communications Journal website
Volume:
9
Article number:
2888
Publication date:
2018-07-23
Acceptance date:
2018-06-01
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2041-1723
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854360
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pubs:854360
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uuid:9af56715-f887-4eb7-bdbc-90b75fe963e0
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pubs:854360
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2018-06-01

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