[Taxacom] clique analysis in texbooks (was: Evolution of, human-ape relationships...)

Richard Petit r.e.petit at att.net
Fri Aug 12 08:59:41 CDT 2011

> IMO, morphological cladograms, if you fiddle with them enough, can make
> a fine natural key. This would be good guidance to evolutionary
> relationships, and one might expect such morphological relationships to
> be different from the relationships in molecular trees for reasons I've
> gone on and on about. 

This demonstrates the analogy I brought up a year or two ago about weighing pigs. "Fiddling" with a cladogram is exactly the same as "taking out rocks you might have guessed wrong and replacing them with rocks you think you can guess better."

dick p.

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