5. Characters and Homology

  1. E. O. Wiley and
  2. Bruce S. Lieberman

Published Online: 25 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118017883.ch5

Phylogenetics: Theory and Practice of Phylogenetic Systematics, Second Edition

Phylogenetics: Theory and Practice of Phylogenetic Systematics, Second Edition

How to Cite

Wiley, E. O. and Lieberman, B. S. (2011) Characters and Homology, in Phylogenetics: Theory and Practice of Phylogenetic Systematics, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118017883.ch5

Author Information

  1. Lawrence, Kansas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 20 MAY 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470905968

Online ISBN: 9781118017883

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Keywords:

  • concepts of characters and homology - character states as properties;
  • discovering and testing homology - and Patterson's tests;
  • working with characters - qualitative versus quantitative characters, avoiding vague characters

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Concept of Character

  • Character States as Properties

  • Shared Character States

  • Historical Character States as Properties

  • Ahistorical Kind Properties

  • Historical Groups and Natural Kinds

  • Homology

  • Discovering and Testing Homology

  • Working with Characters

  • Chapter Summary