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Journal Articles Annales de la Société Entomologique de France Year : 2010

The Wagner Parsimony using morphological characters: a new method for palaeosynecological studies

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The limits and diffi culties related to the tools currently in use for palaeosynecological comparisons of faunas or fl oras of different geological periods are discussed. The new method of the Wagner parsimony Applied to Palaeosynecology Using Morphology (WAPUM method), is defi ned and tested on morphological characters gathered from two insect groups Odonatoptera and Thripida. The diffi culties related to the monophyly of the taxonomic groups used in the more traditional approaches are no longer a problem when using the WAPUM method. In the WAPUM a character is 'presence versus absence of species bearing a morphological structure'. The results obtained from use of the WAPUM minimize the number of changes among character states. Application of the WAPUM could reveal signals to confi rm or object the currently available scenarios for the global changes in the evolution of past diversity and disparity of organisms (major changes or global crises of diversity).

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insu-00605315 , version 1 (01-07-2011)

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André Nel, Patricia Nel, Julian F. Petrulevicus, Vincent Perrichot, Jakub Prokop, et al.. The Wagner Parsimony using morphological characters: a new method for palaeosynecological studies. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, 2010, 46 (1-2), pp.276-292. ⟨10.1080/00379271.2010.10697669⟩. ⟨insu-00605315⟩
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