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RE: a closer look at Hanson 2006

David Peters wrote-

Above I have listed many 'bumps' in your 'blend'. If your results produce a hundredth of 34,000+, then your results produced 340 trees. Right? That's still too many, and more than one, which is the number you are competing against.

A comment regarding an impression I get from you, David- the number of most parsimonious trees found by PAUP is not indicative of the accuracy of the results. A large number of most parsimonious trees merely means the analysis lacks the characters needed to place several taxa unambiguously. It's possible to make a single MPT that's grossly inaccurate due to not including conflicting characters, not ordering characters, ignoring ontogeny, etc.

Mickey Mortimer