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A Critique of Experimental Phylogenetics

Todd H. Oakley

in Experimental Evolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247666
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247666.003.0021
A Critique of Experimental Phylogenetics

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This chapter discusses the reasons why phylogenetics has barely grown since its inception, and reviews three primary arguments used to justify experimental phylogenetics. It first rejects the perceived inferiority of historical science, and then makes explicit comparisons between experimental phylogenetics and the alternative approach of computer simulation. The chapter also considers the value of experimental phylogenetics for testing methods of phylogenetic inference and then considers whether experimental phylogenetics allows for increased biological realism over computer simulation.

Keywords: phylogenetics; experimental phylogenetics; historical science; computer simulation; phylogenetic inference

Chapter.  4795 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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