Inferring and Testing Hypotheses of Cladistic Character Dependence by Using Character Compatibility

  • F. R OBIN O’K EEFE, P ETER J. W AGNER
  • Published 2002
—The notion that two characters evolve independently is of interest for two reasons. First, theories of biological integration often predict that change in one character requires complementary change in another. Second, character independence is a basic assumption of most phylogenetic inference methods, and dependent characters might confound attempts at… CONTINUE READING