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Re: Reduced Consensus (Was: Afrotheria revisited)
Mike Taylor wrote:
(That said, I would still argue that cricket is superior as it's the
only game whose laws include rules about tea-breaks.)
Ahhh.... given current events, perhaps this is not the best time to champion
the virtues of cricket. ;-)
(Though I agree with your sentiments vis-a-vis cricket vs baseball.)
Mickey Mortimer wrote:
So really it's not too unlikely. Especially since tons of relevent taxa
weren't included. How about > some lipotyphlans, bats, carnivorimorphs,
afrosoricans, meridungulates, etc.?
You're asking for a whole phylogeny of placentals in that case. For
example, if you include carnivoramorphs, then you have to include
'creodonts'... and so on.
Really, the entire tree's poorly supported. Bootstrapping results in 95%
support for Rhynchocyon+Myohyrax, and 68% for Macroscelidea. 71% for
Haplomylus+Macroscelidea and 66% for the clade of everything except
Protungulatum and Mithrandir. Every other node is
supported by <50%.
Is this partly the consequence of low taxon sampling? Would adding more
taxa for certain clades help 'firm up' the bootstrap support for some of the
clades? In the analysis above, some very speciose clades (like Proboscidea,
Perissodactyla, or Artiodactyla) are each represented by only one (fairly
And I wonder what pulled _Ectocion_ and _Arsinoitherium_ together...?
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