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

Curtis Clark jcclark-lists at earthlink.net
Sun Sep 14 23:10:20 CDT 2008

On 2008-09-14 20:08, Don.Colless at csiro.au wrote:
> For once I find myself agreement with our resident gadfly. Homoplasy
> is a NAME that we give to a set of phenomena that happen to have a
> similar result - viz. parallelism, convergence, and reversal. Each
> has its own explanation.

Homoplasy is false homology. It's a mistake. As I used to tell students, 
if I mistakenly thought the trunk of an elephant and the trunk of an oak 
tree were homologous, to me that would be homoplasy, but the students 
might regard it as stupidity.

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