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Re: Query on so-called "correlated" characters, reply
Actually, you might be able to try it yourself. You know the tetrapod
matrix by Ruta & Coates (2007)? It is chock full of correlated characters.
Maybe you should try playing with it. Speaking from experience, it doesn't
take much to tip the topology over.
While I'm already at bad-mouthing other people's matrices, the big amniote
one by Hill (2005) is another example of atomized characters. No idea what
happens when you fix that, though -- what I'm doing is to merge that matrix
with several others and then merge all the correlated characters.