The Phyletic Interpretation of Macromolecular Sequence Information: Simple Methods

  • Walter M. Fitch
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 14)


The use of specific amino acid and nucleotide sequence information for investigating evolutionary processes is increasing and will continue to do so as our sequence acquiring and data handling techniques continue to improve. This chapter describes simple methods that enable the beginner to examine sequence information for himself.


Character State Maximum Parsimony Parsimonious Tree Ancestral Node Ancestral Character State 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter M. Fitch
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  1. 1.Dept. of Physiological ChemistryUniversity of Wisconsin Medical SchoolMadisonUSA

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