beta1<-sign(temp$R[1,2])*sqrt(temp$R[2,2]/temp$R[1,1])the difference being that in the latter case I pre-multiply the evolutionary variance ratio by the sign of the interspecific covariance. Updated code is here and will be in the next version of phytools.
This update introduces the problem that our statistic for hypothesis testing the RMA regression slope, based on equation  of McArdle (1988), is only defined for positive RMA regression slopes. To address this, I have boldly assumed that for h0: β < 0 the null distribution is symmetric about 0 & consequently if b & β have the same sign, I use equation  on the absolute values of b & β - otherwise I set T to zero & return a warning. This (at least) has the desirable effect of using McArdle equation  without modification with b and β are both > 0 (typical of hypothesis tests about allometry).
Note that, unlike in LS regression, for RMA we cannot normally test h0: β = 0. This is because β = 0 implies that σy = 0.
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