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Re: the tonight show
In a message dated 1/9/01 9:48:25 PM EST, email@example.com writes:
<< Is this correct? Consider four creatures, A, B, C, and D.
A --> B --> C
A --> D
Both C and D have A as their most recent common ancestor, but because B
interceded, C may, or may not, be more closely related to A than D.
Or, no? >>
No. As species, B, C, D are all descendants of A and thus equally closely
related to A. We're talking about taxa here, and the analogy with people in a
family tree breaks down.