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Re: Parsimony

From: jdharris@post.cis.smu.edu (Jerry D. Harris)

 >         This would be true if every phylogeny presented were based on one
 > single character.  ...  With a large number of
 > synapomorphies taken as a whole, it is more likely that they are shared
 > between two organisms (or groups of organisms) due to true phylogenetic
 > close-ness, and highly unlikely to be due to convergence.

Which is also an argument for ignoring, or treating as highly doubtful,
any grouping supported by only one or two characters, even in a study
utilizing many characters.

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