More on the 'cladistics' of sequences

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Thu Jun 10 13:30:53 CDT 2004

John Grehan wrote:

>I've been to cladistic courses so I've been exposed to the principles.
However, such courses focused on the algorithms, >not the biological (rather
than logical) issue of whether a posteriori rooting of phenetic characters
is really cladistics or just >a version of phenetics dressed up in cladistic

You're still ignoring what has been explained here before.  Characters, in
and of themselves, are not phenetic or cladistic.  It's the method of
analysis of the data matrix that determines whether the result may be
described as phenetic or cladistic.


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