Do early branching lineages signify ancestral traits?

@article{Crisp2005DoEB,
  title={Do early branching lineages signify ancestral traits?},
  author={M. Crisp and L. Cook},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={2005},
  volume={20 3},
  pages={
          122-8
        }
}
  • M. Crisp, L. Cook
  • Published 2005
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Trends in ecology & evolution
  • A reverence for ancestors that has pre-occupied humans since time immemorial persists to the present. Reconstructing ancestry is the focus of many biological studies but failure to distinguish between present-day descendants and long-dead ancestors has led to incorrect interpretation of phylogenetic trees. This has resulted in erroneous reconstruction of traits such as morphology and ancestral areas. Misinterpretation becomes evident when authors use the terms 'basal' or 'early diverging' to… CONTINUE READING
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