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Re: Reduced Consensus (Was: Afrotheria revisited)
Autapomorphies shouldn't be a problem, since they just make the OTU
distinct within the clade that its other characters assign it to. Its
a funny mix of synapomorphies that will do for you.
That's often the same -- the autapomorphies that make a long branch will
often also be autapomorphies of another clade, producing noise. Many of them
will be reversals, producing more noise...
If it's any use to you, I am :-) Seriously, it's not cheating. If you
excluded it from the analysis it would be cheating. Think of it like
a football league.
How refreshing to have someone explain something by something other than
(I like saying that, having read Gould's Full House, I now understand
evolution, but I still haven't understood baseball.)