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Re: Rép : Postâ??K-Pg Radiation of Placentals -- open

On Wed, February 13, 2013 2:35 pm, Mike Keesey wrote:
> The morphology-only trees all place Rodhocetus as a stem-cetacean.
> (The parsimony-based trees are weird in putting Artiocetus closer to
> the crown that Basilosaurus, though.) What's going on here?

My suspicion: the molecular data are forcing the position of certain taxa,
which are fixing the polarity/distribution of morphological traits in ways
that morphology-only trees do not, which are pulling Rodho. out of its
proper... er, its morphology-based position

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