Biology (11th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 1-25918-813-2
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Chapter 23 - Systematics, Phylogenies, and Comparative Biology - Review Questions - Understand: 3

Answer

A.

Work Step by Step

Parsimony helps to chose the simplest, most likely evolutionary path (A.). Parsimony does require that polarity be determined, contrary to B., and C. is wrong since an outgroup is needed to determine basal/ancestral character states. D. can be excluded since parsimony can be used with everything, especially molecular data.
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