Thursday, February 26, 2009

Toucan time

I put all the toucans on one page for convenience. If you click the image you should get a larger version - or if you click here you can get them as a pdf file that you can enlarge. Seeing all 16 toucans will actually help in picking characters but make it harder to construct the phylogeny. If you want to go hardcore you could construct the table of character states and then use a computer program to work out the most parsimonious tree.

There are numerous programs that can do this. The problem is that many of them do a great many things so can be difficult to get started with. I tried to find one that can do what we require here and SimpleClade looks like it will be up to the task.

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