Morphology, Shape And Phylogeny by Norman MacLeod, Peter L. Forey

By Norman MacLeod, Peter L. Forey

Typically, biologists and mathematicians who research the form and type of organisms have principally been operating in isolation from those that paintings on evolutionary relationships during the research of universal features. more and more despite the fact that, discussion among the 2 groups is commencing to strengthen - yet except a handful of magazine papers, there was no formal, released dialogue in this topic. This well timed ebook summarises the interdisciplinary paintings that has taken position up to now and should stimulate extra examine into those issues. Any scientist engaged on evolutionary relationships will locate this quantity important.

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It was significant to notice that both qualitative and quantitative data sets produced similar trees. Conclusions It would seem that any source of data is suitable for cladistic analysis. It is obvious that the more clear-cut observations can be, the more obvious divisions can be made in coding characters. However, unlike Pimentel and Riggins (1987) and Chappill (1989) I agree with Thiele (1993) and Stevens (2000) that all data should be scrutinised for potential analysis. It is obvious that the more quantitative observations become, the more difficult it becomes to partition that information into characters and character states.

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