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Re: Dinosaurs Phylogenetic Tree for Matlab.

----- Original Message ----

From: Dora Smith <villandra@austin.rr.com>

>My bad.  Just because not only does the word contain the word "genetics", but 
>all phylogenetic studies of both birds and humans are actual studies of 

Why Dora, I do believe you are not aware of the study by Livezey & Zusi, a 2007 
phylogeny for birds that uses only morphological characters:


Imagine that! Something you did not know or have an opinion about!

> I should think that phylogenetic studies of dinosaurs would be studies of 
> dinosaur genetics.

Yes, words can be confusing can't they!

>But maybe I'm the only one of the three of us who could have read phylogenetic 
>studies of birds and humans.

And yet, reading and understanding are such different things.

As ever, thanks for your comments! So helpful and learned.



Dora Smith
Austin, TX

----- Original Message ----- From: "David Marjanovic" <david.marjanovic@gmx.at>
To: "DML" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2009 10:43 AM
Subject: Re: Dinosaurs Phylogenetic Tree for Matlab.

> Yes, "-genetic" just means that some sort of "genesis" (origin) is involved; 
> that's the common origin of all those words.
> Phylogenetics can be done with DNA or protein sequences as well as with 
> morphological data (the shape of living beings). Here's a short introduction 
> into how to do that:
> http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/Trex/index.html
> Really, Dora, tell us less and ask more. You'll learn about the same amount 
> from us professionals, and drive fewer heads into desks or walls.