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Re: synapsids (was RE: pdf request)

On Wed, June 13, 2012 6:24 pm, Joe Gilvary wrote:
> Ar 6/13/2012 5:38 PM, scríobh Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.:
>> The idea of a synapsid-archosaur or synapsid-diapsid clade clade has a
>> long history (Diaptosauria; early non-computerized cladistic
>> analyses, etc.) And you can certainly pick out a few characters to
>> support it (thecodonty, for one). But it doesn't pop out in the
>> really comprehensive studies of Permo-Triassic critters.
> I would appreciate pointers to any info you (or others) have on early,
> non-computerized cladistic analyses.
Not to put too fine a point on it: WHY?!?!?!

That is, since we've had 25 years or more of actual computer-generated
phylogenetic analyses of increasing sophistication, why do you want
pointers on the "I just pull data out of some orifice and draw a branching
diagram to fit my favored hypothesis" method.

Oh, wait. I actually just described the non-computerized cladistic
analysis method...

If you want to look them up, do scholar.google.com searches on "cladistic
analysis" or "phylogenetic analysis" and specify a date earlier than
(let's say) 1985.

Basically, before Phylip, Hennig86, and PAUP (no "*", just "PAUP"),
cladistic analyses had to be done by hand. For analyses with more than 6
or 7 operational taxonomic units and a dozen or so characters, this would
be very "computationally" (i.e., pen & paper) time consuming.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu   Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Fax: 301-314-9661

Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
Fax: 301-314-9843

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