Assumptions and reliability of solutions

Karl Magnacca kmagnacca at WESLEYAN.EDU
Mon Mar 14 14:02:14 CST 2005

On 14 Mar 2005 at 17:17, Richard.Zander at MOBOT.ORG wrote:
> My point in my post was that, reliability measures (bootstrap proportions,
> posterior probabilities) should be corrected for external assumptions. After
> correction, I suspect, molecularly based cladograms will have almost as poor
> resolution as the morphology based cladograms.

My experience (both from reading the literature and personal) has been
that morphology usually produces trees that are at least as resolved and
*much* better supported than molecular trees.  It's truly a pity that
morphological studies get such short shrift in funding these days.

Karl Magnacca, USGS-BRD
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