[Taxacom] Why character-tracking doesn't happen?

Bob Mesibov mesibov at southcom.com.au
Sun Sep 14 22:38:01 CDT 2008

Hi, Don.

Homoplasy as used by tree-builders is an explanation for incongruence
and incompatibility. Paralellism, convegence, etc are explanations for
homoplasy. This is how the word is used.

The same thing happens with illness. Why didn't Fred and Mabel show up
to their respective jobs today? They were sick. 'Illness' is the
explanation for their absence. Flu, gastro, hangover, etc are
explanations for illness.

Best wishes,
Dr Robert Mesibov
Honorary Research Associate
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
Home contact: PO Box 101, Penguin, Tasmania, Australia 7316
(03) 64371195; 61 3 64371195

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