Phylogenetic signal in characters from Aristotle’s History of Animals

  title={Phylogenetic signal in characters from Aristotle’s History of Animals},
  author={Michel Laurin and Marcel Humar},
  journal={Comptes Rendus Palevol},
The influential Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BCE) is almost unanimously acclaimed as the founder of zoology. There is a consensus that he was interested in attributes of animals, but whether or not he tried to develop a zoological taxonomy remains controversial. Fürst von Lieven and Humar compiled a data matrix from Aristotle’s Historia animalium and showed, through a parsimony analysis published in 2008, that these data produced a hierarchy that matched several taxa recognized by…