So Why Does It Matter?

To begin my DpSU catch-up, I bring you Archaeopteryx Is a Bird. . . Again, from Tuesday.

This is a follow-up to Early Bird Gets the Boot: Researchers Reclassify Archaeopteryx. Basically, some other researchers disagreed with the previous group’s conclusions. They say of it that “this parsimony-based result was acknowledged to be weakly supported.” They ran their own analysis: “Maximum-likelihood and related Bayesian methods applied to the same dataset yield a different and more orthodox result: Archaeopteryx is restored as a basal bird.” Continue reading