Re: BELL CURVE CRITIC EXPOSED?
Jennifer Mansfield-Jones (email@example.com)
1 Feb 1995 13:35:37 GMT
I think a truly strict cladist would call genetic distance a
phenetic measure. Genetic distance is not readily divisible into
discrete character states, as is necessary for cladistic analysis.
DNA sequence data are discrete, but prone to homoplasy (similarity
by convergence instead of from common ancestry). Thus many
"devout" cladists are more interested in morphology than genes.
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