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Theodore

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247666

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247666.001.0001

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A Critique of Experimental Phylogenetics

A Critique of Experimental Phylogenetics

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(p.658) (p.659) 21 A Critique of Experimental Phylogenetics
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Experimental Evolution
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Todd H. Oakley

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247666.003.0021

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

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