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Cladistics as a Tool for Morphologists

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Questions of comparative nature in biology require a systematic hypothesis. Prerequisites are that the hypotheses are based on characters polarized by the cladistic methodology of outgroup comparison and that homologous structures are compared. Furthermore, both functional-experimental and comparative-evolutionary explanations can be incorporated into the phylogenetic hypotheses. Cladistics therefore, remains a potent tool for morphologists in order to deduce evolutionary explanations of structures. A posteriori hypotheses on evolutionary adaptations, convergent adaptations, exaptations and non-adaptations of structures are then permissible.

Affiliations: 1: Research Associate Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen, Vautierstraat 29, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

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