Combination of data in phylogenetic analysis

  • H.-J. Bandelt
Part of the Plant Systematics and Evolution Supplement 9 book series (SYSTEMATICS, volume 9)


In phylogenetic analysis, when faced with different data sets from different sources, two approaches, “taxonomic congruence” and “total evidence”, compete with one another in seeking a best-fitting hypothesis. In either approach one deliberately ignores the notorious uncertainty typically associated with the estimate of a best tree. It is proposed here to represent the partly conflicting information contained in the data by specific networks with reticulations. This allows more flexibility in evaluating and eventually combining data.

Key words

Phylogenetic analysis combination of data consensus techniques networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H.-J. Bandelt
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  1. 1.Mathematisches Seminar, Universität HamburgHamburgFederal Republic of Germany

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