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  1. Synamorphy, Monophyly, and Cladistic Analysis: A Reply to Wilkinson.Michael F. Whiting & Lawrence M. Kelly - 1995 - Acta Biotheoretica 43 (3):249-257.
    Wilkinson (1991) suggests that the problems of polarity decisions and homoplasy in a cladistic analysis may be solved if cladists simply accept plesiomorphy as a reliable indicator of monophyly. Here we argue that: (1) Wilkinson's argument is based on misapprehension of synapomorphy and the problem of homoplasy; (2) His proposed methodology fails to consider the full ramifications of rooting, polarity, and parsimony; and (3) His method does not solve the problems he raises. We demonstrate the limitations of this methodology by (...)
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