Hunting for novelty in phylogeny: A comment on Li et al. (2018)

Eorhynchochelys sinensis (SMMP 000016) (Li et al., 2018, Fig. 1)
The tree derived from the “reduced dataset” (Li et al., 2018, Fig. 4).
The tree derived from the “large data matrix” (Li et al., 2018, Extended Data Fig. 7).
Results from a heuristic search of the large data matrix with characters ordered. Strict consensus of four trees, 1232 steps each. Turtles are nested within Parareptilia.
Results from a heuristic search of the reduced data matrix with characters ordered. Strict consensus of three trees, 946 steps each. Turtles are nested within Lepidosauromorpha.

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From Bones to Books

From Bones to Books

I write about the evolution and ecology of animals from the past (and sometimes the present). I also sometimes write about library and information science.