Evaluating the use of pairwise dissimilarity metrics in paleoanthropology.

  title={Evaluating the use of pairwise dissimilarity metrics in paleoanthropology.},
  author={Adam D Gordon and Bernard Wood},
  journal={Journal of human evolution},
  volume={65 4},
Questions of alpha taxonomy are best addressed by comparing unknown specimens to samples of the taxa to which they might belong. However, analysis of the hominin fossil record is riddled with methods that claim to evaluate whether pairs of individual fossils belong to the same species. Two such methods, log sem and the related STET method, have been introduced and used in studies of fossil hominins. Both methods attempt to quantify morphological dissimilarity for a pair of fossils and then… CONTINUE READING