[Taxacom] more molecular problems

John Grehan jgrehan at sciencebuff.org
Mon Nov 10 15:06:25 CST 2008

I just went through the molecular data for 44 taxa and 1134 sequences
which generated a parsimony analysis supporting a human-chimpanzee clade
(Prasad et al 2008 Mol Biol Evol 25: 1795-1808) for sequences
orthologous to a 1.0 Mb region of human chromosome 7.  In the coding
sequences found no apomorphies at all for the large bodied hominoids so
the result is cladistically impossible. I have written to the lead
author for an explanation. They also analyzed a larger non coding
sequence partition, but that did not include anything for the orangutan
and so is uninfirmative.


John Grehan



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