The monophyly of plants and insects

I just received promotional information about a new book from Garland Science publishers. “Genome Duplication; concepts, mechanisms, evolution and disease” By Melvin L DePamphilis and Stephen D Bell. Garland Science Oct 2010 ISBN: 978-0-415-44206. It sounds like a great title, especially for someone like me who thinks genome and gene duplication are among the most important processes in the whole of evolutionary biology.

Unfortunately, on the cover of the book it looks like they have drawn a tree of some model organisms and placed Drosophila melanogaster in a monophyletic group with Arabidopsis thalianato the exclusion of all other animals. Ooops.

You would have thought that a big publisher would have checked more carefully before creating a book cover image so obviously wrong, but I guess we all have bad days. Interesting to see what happens next.

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