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Phylogeny as population history

Velasco, Joel D. (2013) Phylogeny as population history. Philosophy and Theory in Biology, 5 (201306). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1949-0739

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The construction and use of phylogenetic trees is central to modern systematics. But it is unclear exactly what phylogenies and phylogenetic trees represent. They are sometimes said to represent genealogical relationships between taxa, between species, or simply between “groups of organisms.” But these are incompatible representational claims. This paper focuses on how trees are used to make inferences and then argues that this focus requires that phylogenies represent the histories of populations.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Velasco, Joel
Keywords: phylogeny, population, species, systematics, taxonomy
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Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2014 16:54
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2014 16:54
Item ID: 10747
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy and Theory in Biology
Publisher: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library
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Date: April 2013
Page Range: pp. 1-18
Volume: 5
Number: 201306
ISSN: 1949-0739

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