Falsification of a single species hypothesis using the coefficient of variation: a simulation approach.

@article{Cope1992FalsificationOA,
  title={Falsification of a single species hypothesis using the coefficient of variation: a simulation approach.},
  author={Diane Cope and Mark Lacy},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  year={1992},
  volume={89 3},
  pages={359-78}
}
Dental variation remains an important criterion for assessing whether a morphologically homogeneous fossil primate sample includes more than one species. The Coefficient of Variation (CV) has commonly been used to compare variation in a fossil sample of unknown taxonomic composition with that of extant single-species samples, in order to determine whether more than one species might be present. However, statistical tests for differences between fossil and single species reference sample CVs… CONTINUE READING

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