outgroup to Acanthus

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Tue Oct 9 09:01:08 CDT 2001

Lai-Lai Teo wrote:

>Is it a must to
>use the nearest sister group as an outgroup for phylogenetic analysis? How
>would different outgroups affect the phylogenetic trees produced?

The following article has some useful insights:

Donoghue, M.J. and P.D. Cantino. 1984. The logic and limitations of the
outgroup substitution approach to cladistic analysis. Syst. Bot. 9:192-202.

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