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Molecular systematics - is it all rubbish?

Christopher L. Schardl clscha00 at ukcc.uky.edu
Wed Jun 14 10:57:35 EST 1995

Anything is "all rubish" if you never actually read the work of the 
people working on the "rubish." I am amazed that you would contend that 
variation in clock speed is ignored by those working in molecular 
systematics. The algorithms are constantly scrutinized and improved, and 
part of that process is, consistently, assessing their performance under 
conditions of gross differences in rates of molecular evolution. There 
are other factors also investigated, such as compositional bias. Far 
from feeding an algorithm and accepting the answer, anyone who publishes 
in a reputable journal should pass the scrutiny of reviewers who insist 
that the potential pitfalls be addressed (of course, as in any science, 
some papers do get published without appropriate scrutiny). 

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