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Re: Long branch attraction
As longer a branch is, more mutations are inferred to occurred in the lineage.
More mutation there are, more probable that homoplasies arise. Since
we assume maximum parcimony, homoplasies are prone to be taken as
On 8/14/06, Phillip Bigelow <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I would appreciate a simple explanation for the concept of "long branch
attraction". On-line glossaries use molecular phylogeny to describe it,
but that approach makes no sense to me. Perhaps an explanation based on
morphologic characters would sink in better.