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RE: Pterosaurs as basal archosauriforms
I'm very pleased to see this paper by Bennett (The phylogenetic position of the
Pterosauria within the Archosauromorpha re-examined)
I think the methods used here are under utilized in morphology-based studies of
phylogeny, as the author himself notes.
Understanding character congruence and partition congruence between characters
is key to developing a more nuanced understanding of homology and homoplasy and
has been the subject of much of my thesis work (I have recently submitted a
manuscript analysing 62 different vertebrate datasets with such methods and
more, similar to the talk I gave at last year's SVP meeting
Aside from the studies Bennett mentions - Judd (1998) & Naylor and Adams
(2001), there are certainly other studies out there that have made good use of
congruence analyses such as the ILD test. I'd recommend:
Clarke, D. J., 2011. Testing the phylogenetic utility of morphological
character systems, with a revision of creophilus leach (coleoptera:
Staphylinidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 163 (3), 723-812.
Benson, R. B. J., Mar. 2012. Interrelationships of basal synapsids: cranial and
postcranial morphological partitions suggest different topologies. Journal of
Systematic Palaeontology, 1-24.
if you're interested to see other uses of such comparative cladistic analyses.
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University of Bath
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