Hop, step and gape: do the social displays of the Pelecaniformes reflect phylogeny?

@article{Kennedy1996HopSA,
  title={Hop, step and gape: do the social displays of the Pelecaniformes reflect phylogeny?},
  author={Martyn Kennedy and Hamish G. Spencer and Russell David Gray},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1996},
  volume={51},
  pages={273-291}
}
Several authors have recently revived the old ethological claim that behavioural characters could be used to provide accurate estimates of phylogeny. To test this contention we constructed a behavioural data set for the pelecaniforms based upon van Tets' (1965, Ornithol. Monogr., 2, 1-88) classic comparative study of their social behaviour. Parsimony analysis of the resulting 20 taxa, 37-character data set produced 12 shortest trees. These trees fitted the behavioural data well. A permutation… 

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