Cladistics and Eclecticism

Barry Roth barry_roth at YAHOO.COM
Fri Feb 8 15:59:12 CST 2002

 This sounds like a description of character compatibility analysis (with its emphasis on maximal "cliques" of compatibly distributed character-states) -- not of parsimony methods in general.
  SKÁLA_Zdenek <skala at INCOMA.CZ> wrote: Yes, characters are used for cladogram construction. Quite surprisingly to me, you are considering them as irrelevant immediately after the cladogram is ready. What we really do in cladogram construction is summarizing the "amount of character change" (i.e. the largest clusters of mutually compatible synapomorphies) to construct/recognize "real" clades.

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