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A new version of StableTraits has been released. Version 1.5 reorganizes the code and provides new instructions so that the software can be compiled more easily on Mac OSX and Windows. It prints an informative error message instead of crashing when trees contain branches with zero length.

Please see the software page for downloads.



StableTraits v1.5

Software for fitting stable models of character evolution to continuous traits evolving on phylogenetic trees.

dirPIC v1.0

Somewhat experimental software for generating phylogenetically independent contrasts for traits evolving under a Brownian motion model with directional tendency.

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  • RNA-seq reveals conservation of function among the yolk sacs of human, mouse, and chicken

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  • The evolutionary origins of preeclampsia


  • Oxidative stress and the evolutionary origins of preeclampsia

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  • Genetic recapitulation of human preeclampsia risk during convergent evolution of reduced placental invasiveness in eutherian mammals

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  • Identical inferences about correlated evolution arise from ancestral state reconstruction and independent contrasts

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  • Inferring ancestral states without assuming neutrality or gradualism using a stable model of continuous character evolution

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  • IFPA Meeting 2013 Workshop Report II: use of 'omics' in understanding placental development, bioinformatics tools for gene expression analysis, planning and coordination of a placenta research network, placental imaging, evolutionary approaches to understanding pre-eclampsia

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  • The adaptive significance of adult neurogenesis: an integrative approach

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  • How are autism and schizotypy related? Evidence from a non-clinical population

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  • Placental invasion, preeclampsia risk and adaptive molecular evolution at the origin of great apes: evidence from genome-wide analyses

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