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>Behaviors can be very valid synapomorphies. I can count many instances
>where behaviors have been used to link groups, such as stilts and
>flamingos and also define a group, such as the classical Coraciiformes.
>In ornithology behaviors as well as parasites, waxy secretions,
>biogeographic range, and other things are used instead of anatomy and
>genetics to figure relations.
I hope not, since one of the basic assumptions of any algorithm-based
approach to phylogeny is that the characters are heritable.
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