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Darwin’s Phylogenetic Reasoning

Dr. Elliott Sober
University of Wisconsin-Madison | Hans Reichenbach Professor & William F. Vilas Research Professor
Seminar date:
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00
HCK 132

Darwin claimed that similarity is evidence for common ancestry, and that adaptive similarities provide weaker evidence than neutral or deleterious similarities.  He also used phylogenetic trees to reason critically about adaptive hypotheses.  In this talk I'll analyze his bits of reasoning and describe frameworks for evaluating their correctness.

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