Cladistics: The Theory and Practice of Parsimony Analysis by Ian J. Kitching

By Ian J. Kitching

Cladistics goals to reconstruct genealogies according to universal ancestry, therefore revealing the phylogenetic relationships among taxa. Its purposes differ from linguistic research to the learn of conservation and biodiversity, and it has turn into a mode of selection for comparative reviews in all fields of biology. This re-creation of Cladistics--first released in 1992--reflects the various adjustments and advancements that have taken position within the box over the past 5 years, whereas protecting the readability and clarity that made the 1st variation such a success. For all scholars attracted to the systematic relationships between organisms, this publication offers a state of the art account of the suggestions and strategies of contemporary cladistics, and of ways to place them into perform.

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Squa re and white. 4c); five completely independent characters (absence/presence coding) ( f able 2Ad). ). Coding method A assumes interdependence be,tween the main fea tures and codes everything into a single muitistale character. Cod ing method B treats colour and shape as two qu ite separate characters but includes an extra slate (0) to account fo r absence of each character. 4 Four coding methods for the features shown in Fig. 2. Characters are labelled with integers in bold a nd character sta te codes as integers ill pa rentheses (0) ' MelllOd A: formula codinil 0$ one mullistote character with Jinked stoles.

1 Overlapping and non-overlapping patterns of varia tion in continuous, meristi c and binary da ta. g. nucleotide sequences, ACGT / U). 3 Overlapping and non-overlapping characters While qualitative, quanlitative, discrete and continuous are useful terms, the degree of overlap among them is the crucial properly (Fig. 1), Although it is implied that overlap can occur only between continuous characters, both continuous and discrete characters can exhibit different degrees of overlap. It is the degree of overlap that makes the distinction in filtering betwee n overlapping and non-overlapping characters.

4c. e. 5). This solution draws attention to other problems. Platnick et at. 2). Coding problems due to terminal polymorphism can be catered for in programs such as PAUP and MacClade, while the problem o f unknown data can only be solved by further obselVation. However, the dilemma of inapplicable data remains (PJeijeJ 1995). Coding methods A and B simply accommodate the problem by treating absence as a stale equivalent to both shape and colour, while in method D, the problem cannot exist. In melhod C, the use of question marks does not distinguish between inapplicability IDd abIonce due to lack of knowledge and, further· more, can lead to problema In mlCltprclatlo n of results (Platnick el at.

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