origin of UPGMA & phylogeny reconstruction

Byron Adams bjadams at crcvms.unl.edu
Thu Oct 2 17:55:51 EST 1997

>	I have a couple of questions concerning the UPGMA method
>(unweighted pair-group method using arithmetic averages) as applied to
>phylogeny reconstruction:
>	Who is credited as being the author of UPGMA?
>	Who was the first person to advocate the use of UPGMA as a means of
>phylogenetic reconstruction or use it to solve a historical/phylogenetic
>problem?  [And why aren't any of these papers cited by systematic
>biologists who use the technique?]
>just curious

Thanks to Rick Beckwitt -

In Sokal and Sneath (1973):  "Its development was outlined by Sokal and
Michener (1958), but it was first employed by Rohlf (1963) in a
classification of mosquitoes."


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