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Homology and Systematics: Coding Characters for Phylogenetic Analysis

Series: Systematics Association Special Volumes Series Volume: 58

Edited By: Robert Scotland and Toby Pennington

217 pages, Figs

Taylor & Francis

Hardback | Dec 1999 | #100951 | ISBN: 0748409203
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Provides references, approaches and points of discussion, and includes both conceptual and practical approaches to character coding. It covers the distinction between discrete and continuous data, molecular data and alignment and worked examples where character coding of morphologica data has been interpreted in the context of molecular phylogeny. Empirical examples of different coding strategies and their systematic repercussions, and a survey of what coding strategies are currently employed in cladistic studies are given.


1. Homology and the inference of systematic relationships: some historical and philosophical perspectives, Andrew Brower 2. A survey for primary homology assessment: different botanists perceive and define characters in different ways Julie Hawkins 3. Experiments in coding multi-state characters Peter Forey and Iain Kitching 4. On characters and character states: do overlapping and non overlapping variation, morphology and molecules all yield data of the same value? Peter Stevens 5. Heuristic reconstruction of hypothetical-ancestral DNA sequences: sequence alignment versus direct optimisation Ward Wheeler 6. 'Cryptic' characters in monocotyledons: Homology and coding Paula Rudall 7. Process morphology from a cladistic perspective Peter Weston 8. Homology, coding and three taxon statement analysis Robert Scotland 9. Characters, homology and three-item analysis David Williams and Darrell Siebert Forey, The National History Museum, UK, Julie Hawkins, The University of Reading, UK, an Kitching, The Natural History Museum, UK, Toby Pennington, Royal Botanic Gardens, UK, Paula Rudall, Royal Botanic Gardens, UK, Robert Scotland, University of Oxford, UK, Peter Stevens, University of Missouri-St Louis, USA, Darrell Siebert, The Natural History Museum, UK, Peter Weston, Royal Botanic Gardens, UK, Ward Wheeler, American Museum of Natural History, USA, David Williams, The Natural History Museum, UK.

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