Beware of one tree!

By Razib Khan | April 24, 2011 5:59 pm

Sometimes in the comments of this weblog people get into heated disagreements about one figure and its proper interpretation. I don’t get much involved most of the time because different visualization techniques often differ on the margin, so getting obsessed with minor details is a fool’s errand. For example, in the paper I reviewed below there was a neighbor-joining phylogenetic tree. Take a look. The length of the branches are proportional to genetic distance.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Anthroplogy, Human Genetics
MORE ABOUT: phylogenetics
  • Ian

    In other words, the “ancestral” San are the most “derived”, depending on how you root your tree?


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I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at


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