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RE: a closer look at Hanson 2006, Mortimer response

David Peters wrote-

My single MPT is chronologically accurate, avoids untenable reversals, puts derived characters at the tips of branches and bottom line: you can line up the taxa in a visual spectral blend like rhipidistians emerging from the swamps and morphing into humans lurching over computers. It passes any test you can put upon it. Add as many characters as you wish. Add as many taxa as you wish. Order what you want. But remove the little ones and you're sunk. So you must ignore ontogeny in this case. And for good reason.

Send me your NEXUS file and we'll see what effect ordering has on your matrix. I won't distribute the matrix, of course.

Mickey Mortimer