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Re: synapomorphies

Dinogeorge writes;

>Synapomorphies do indeed exist "out there," just as the Tree of Life exists
>"out there." Proving that our cladograms correctly model the Tree of Life i=
>however, almost certainly impossible, because we can't know what the Tree o=
>Life looks like outside this process. Thus, proving that certain apomorphie=
>are synapomorphies is probably also impossible. All you can do is circle
>around ever closer and converge toward what seems to be the truth, or

And yet...

Most cladigrams I have seen tend to be constructed in the speciation model,=
 where the cladigram gets broader as one goes up the "tree" (like a maple). =
 Since Gould's punk eq has shown quite convincingly that the tree of life is=
 actually shaped like a pine, is it possible that most cladigrams portrays=
 an old fashioned view of evolution?


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