The Science of Phylogenetic Systematics: Explanation, Prediction, and Test

@article{Kluge1999TheSO,
  title={The Science of Phylogenetic Systematics: Explanation, Prediction, and Test},
  author={A. Kluge},
  journal={Cladistics},
  year={1999},
  volume={15}
}
When the concept of homology is operationalized with synapomorphy and tested with character congruence, homology and homoplasy are treated as a complement relation, a and not‐a, respectively. This leaves homoplasy to be defined nominally, something like operational ‘error’ in the inference of homology. In choosing the most severely tested and least disconfirmed cladogram, those errors are minimized, and the power of that cladogram to explain synapomorphies, as inherited from the same common… Expand
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