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Dynamic Homology and Circularity in Cladistic Analysis

Roffé, Ariel Jonathan (2020) Dynamic Homology and Circularity in Cladistic Analysis. [Preprint]

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In this article, I examine the issue of the alleged circularity in the determination of homologies within cladistic analysis. More specifically, I focus on the claims made by the proponents of the dynamic homology approach, regarding the distinction (sometimes made in the literature) between primary and secondary homology. This distinction is sometimes invoked to dissolve the circularity issue, by upholding that characters in a cladistic data matrix have to be only primarily homologous, and thus can be determined independently of phylogenetic hypotheses, by using the classical Owenian criteria (for morphological characters) or via multiple sequence alignment (for sequence data). However, since in the dynamic approach, sequence data can be analyzed without being pre-aligned, proponents have claimed that the distinction between primary and secondary homology has no place within cladistics. I will argue that this is not the case, since cladistic practice within the dynamic framework does presuppose primary homology statements at a higher level.

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Item Type: Preprint
Roffé, Ariel Jonathanariroffe@hotmail.com0000-0002-0051-2028
Additional Information: Preprint version. Article forthcoming in Biology & Philosophy
Keywords: Homology; Circularity; Cladistics; Dynamic Homology; Multiple Sequence Alignment; Direct Optimization
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Depositing User: Mr. Ariel Jonathan Roffé
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 02:09
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 02:09
Item ID: 16814
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Date: January 2020

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