Phylogenetic Analysis of Morphological Data Two Volume Set
This two-volume book is an up-to-date revision of methods and principles of phylogenetic analysis of morphological data. It is also a general guide for using the computer program TNT in the analysis of such data. The book covers the main aspects of phylogenetic analysis, and general methods to compare classifications derived from molecules and morphology. Practical application of all principles discussed is illustrated by reference to TNT, a freely available software package that can perform all the steps needed in a phylogenetic analysis.
- Provides in depth discussion of the connections between hypotheses of homology and the parsimony criterion
- Helps understand the basis for designing different aspects of a morphological study, from hints on delimiting the problem and data collecting, to character definitions and analysis
- Discusses the applicability of statistical models coopted from sequence analysis to the analysis of morphological data
- Gives detailed descriptions of the principles behind algorithms for evaluating and searching phylogenetic trees
- Presents extensive information on commands and options of the TNT computer program
Volume I. Chapter 1. Introduction to Phylogenetics. Chapter 2. Characters, Homology, and Datasets. Chapter 3. Character Optimization: Evaluation of Trees and Inference of Ancestral Values. Chapter 4. Models and Assumptions in Morphology. Chapter 5. Choice of phylogenetic hypothesis: Tree searches.
Volume II. Chapter 6. Summarizing and Comparing Phylogenetic Trees. Chapter 7. Character weighting. Chapter 8. Measuring degree of group support. Chapter 9. Morphometric characters. Chapter 10. Scripting: the next level of TNT mastery.
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