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Re: Untested assumptions (was Re: segnosaurs)

In a message dated 97-08-02 02:16:08 EDT, th81@umail.umd.edu (Thomas R.
Holtz, Jr.) writes:

<< as in all Science, the most parsimonious explanation is
 prefered as it requires the fewest assumptions. >>

Nobody, as far as I know, has ever tested this particular assumption against
reality within the context of phylogenetic analysis. There is a good chance
it's wrong--that is, that the "most parsimonious" character distribution
produces an incorrect phylogeny--in a substantial number of analyses.

<<So, could we PLEASE leave our untested assumptions aside?>>