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Phylogenetics (was RE: Dinosaurs Phylogenetic Tree for Matlab.)



Okay, folks, one more time:

Phylogenetics is derived from the word "phylogeny".

Phylogenetics is the study to attempt to reconstruct phylogenies.

This is done via any heritable record: genes, genomes, soft-tissue and
hard-tissue morphologies, behaviors, etc.

Despite comments by some posters here, plenty of phylogenetic work on extant
organisms is done via morphology: say, for example, Livezy & Zusi's 2007
bird phylogeny (http://www.bio-nica.info/Biblioteca/Livezy2007Aves.pdf).

So I suggest everyone take a deep breath, and move on.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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