Phylogenies without Synapomorphies—A Crisis in Fish Systematics: Time to Show Some Character

  title={Phylogenies without Synapomorphies—A Crisis in Fish Systematics: Time to Show Some Character},
  author={R. Mooi and A. C. Gill},
  • R. Mooi, A. C. Gill
  • Published 2010
  • Biology
  • Zootaxa
  • We contend that the move away from providing character evidence with phylogenies has diminished fish systematics and systematics in general, and amounts to a crisis. Present practices focus on solutions to matrices rather than on character homology, and rely on algorithms and statistics rather than biology to determine relationships. Optimization procedures in tree-building programs are phenetic and no longer employ homology, the original foundation of cladistics. Evidence for phylogenies is… CONTINUE READING
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