PyRate is a Python program to estimate speciation, extinction, and preservation rates from fossil occurrence data using a Bayesian framework.

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The methods implemented in PyRate are described here:

Silvestro, D., Schnitzler, J., Liow, L.H., Antonelli, A. & Salamin, N. (2014) Bayesian Estimation of Speciation and Extinction from Incomplete Fossil Occurrence Data. Systematic Biology, 63, 349–367.

Silvestro, D., Salamin, N., Schnitzler, J. (2014) PyRate: A new program to estimate speciation and extinction rates from incomplete fossil record. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 5, 1126–1131

A detailed manual can be found here. Please report suggestions and bugs to this email address.