Lucy in Newsweek
jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Thu Apr 1 08:52:08 CST 2004
At 08:07 2004-04-01, HJJACOBSON at AOL.COM wrote:
>Molecular cladograms are
>based on overall similarity of sequences and cladograms are constructed on
>clustering of similarity coefficients.
That's one way of doing it. Maximum parsimony, with outgroup comparison, is
another. A base position is just another four-state character in that sort
of analysis. And then there's maximum likelihood, that many also claim as a
>If molecular methods weren't a form of phenetics, why is it necessary for
>sequence substitutions to be clock-like.
>The assumption of clock-like change is
>necessary for phenetic studies, not morphological cladistics.
My memory of phenetics (which I learned from Gary Schnell back in the
Pleistocene) contained no assumptions of clock-like rate, which would be
hard to measure with morphology anyway.
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