Biology (11th Edition)

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Chapter 23 - Systematics, Phylogenies, and Comparative Biology - Review Questions - Understand: 4

Answer

B.

Work Step by Step

A parsimonious answer is the simplest one, in this case resorting to common ancestor (B.). A. is wrong since it is the opposite of simple/parsimonious, and C. is incorrect because, if this were a case of homoplasy, C. would be essentially the same as A., which is wrong. D. is wrong since homology is usually parsimonious, contrary to what D. says.
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