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Re: Who says dromaeosaurs can't fly?
<Let's get this straight: cladistics is a method used to discover
relationship, no more, no less. Cladistics can resolve phylogeny
given enough information; but it cannot provide us with answers
Careful, please. Cladistics is a mechanism used to develop hypotheses
about relationships, no more, no less. (Well, it's also used
for naming conventions, but you know what I mean.)
It has no more claim to 'resolve phylogeny' than any other method;
that's far too definitive. To me, its advantages include thorough
documentation, a stated method of evaluation ('parsimony' for
example), and the ability to perform the same calculation on
a different machine to identify mechanical error.
Its disadvantages include (humor alert) overconfidence...
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