[Taxacom] New synapomorphy for humans and orangutans

Kenneth Kinman kennethkinman at webtv.net
Sat Jan 2 20:11:26 CST 2010

Oh dear,
      It's deja vu all over again.  But now all you need to do is to
find a genome change which backs it up (or any of your other proposed
synapomorphies).  Otherwise, it's most likely just what the authors
suggested it is---homoplastic, not synapomorphic.                      
P.S.  It would be interesting to know if bonobo chimps have a later
eruption of molars than regular chimps.  Wouldn't be at all surprised if
bonobos erupt closer to 4.6 years than regular chimps at 4.0 years.
With so little sampling, I wouldn't read too much into this character
anyway.  Declaring it a synapomorphy is at best premature.

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