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"babble" about cladistics

The recent discussions about cladistics has been most impressive.  To my
mind this has been one of the most valuable discussions I have seen from
this list.  A topic I have not seen covered yet is how characters are
chosen.  Is there any consensus on what makes a "useful" character?
    Terry D. Jones                             Voice:  541/737-6120     
    Oregon State University              Fax:      541/737-0501          
    Dept. of Zoology                         JONEST@bcc.orst.edu
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