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Re: Clarification of scope of paleoart->uses



 For my cladistic analysis, i lay out everyone else's matrix and then
 toss those characters that, somehow, i determine to be most
 unrelable.

Don't.

There's no reason to throw out any characters that aren't parsimony-uninformative (and even those don't actually hurt); judgments of which characters are "reliable" are inevitably subjective to a large extent. But do make sure to merge correlated characters (easier said than done, but try).

While you're at it, look for mistakes. Any big matrix inevitably contains typos and other glitches, and every one of them has an unpredictable influence on the results.