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Paraphyly post

Dinogeorge wrote:

>No, bacteria A and D simply >resemble< each other more than do bacterium A
>and Homo sapiens C. Homo sapiens C and bacterium D are, however, equally
>closely >related< to ancestral bacterium A (and thus to each other).

        Wouldn't bacteria D be even *further* removed than Homo sapiens C
from common ancestral bacteria A because it had more numerous generational
cycles in between?

        It seems to me that using using time alone to compare relatedness
to a common ancestor--like measuring the distance between two points on a
piece of paper--is inadequate in this case.

        But I'd be the last person to argue with Dinogeorge.  ;-)


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