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Nature. 1993 Feb 18;361(6413):603-7.

The powers and pitfalls of parsimony.

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Department of Biological Sciences, State University of New York, Albany 12222.

Abstract

Parsimony analysis is a powerful tool for the study of biological evolution. It is used to construct phylogenetic trees, to evaluate alternative hypotheses objectively, and to study evolutionary pattern and process. Yet, as comparative data sets expand, the pitfalls of parsimony analysis are catching experts and novices alike.

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PMID:
8437621
DOI:
10.1038/361603a0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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