[Taxacom] Mona Lisa Smile
Thomas G. Lammers
lammers at uwosh.edu
Wed Jul 26 08:10:09 CDT 2006
At 07:15 AM 7/26/2006, John Grehan wrote:
>I think Thomas and Ken should look at my paper before they start making
>assertions that I trash molecular data. I don't. I just say that there
>is a problem with the way linear sequence patterns of DNA are
>interpreted to generate phylogenetic meaning. What I do say is that
>current methods may lead to an erroneous interpretation of those base
>differences that obfuscates primitive and derived conditions, and that
>developmental genetics may be where the resolution is to be found. My
>argument is that there is a case for molecular biologists to figure out
>why their current approach does not get the 'right' answer.
And that again is what I said. (My comment about "wishing away" data was a
general comment, not one specific to John. Sorry for the confusion.) Both
data sets are "real" and thus must be explained. I really think we are
overlooking something fundamental, something *biological,* in this and
Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA
e-mail: lammers at uwosh.edu
Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and
biogeography of the Campanulaceae s. lat.
"Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that stood his ground."
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