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Cladistics: A Practical Course in Systematics

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Series: Systematics Association Special Volumes Series Volume: 10

By: Ian J Kitching, Peter L Forey, Christopher J Humphries and David M Williams

202 pages, Illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Oct 1993 | #28681 | ISBN: 0198577664
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Hardback | Dec 1992 | #19468 | ISBN: 0198577672
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About this book

Cladistics is a method used to reconstruct genealogies by classifying organisms based on common ancestry, and is used for comparative studies in all fields of biology. This book is based on a successful course run annually and sponsored by the Systematics Association. Its aim it to present a thorough introduction to the principles of parsimony, methods of tree building, and tree statistics. The implementation of cladistics in biogeography and classification is also covered.


1. Cladistic theory; 2. Character coding; 3. The determination of character polarity; 4. Tree-building techniques; 5. Tree statistics; 6. DNA analysis: theory; 7. DNA analysis: methods; 8. Fossils and cladistic analysis; 9. Cladistic biogeography; 10. Formal classification

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