Which of the following statements most accurately explains why analogous traits are not informative for constructing phylogenetic trees?

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Analogous traits develop from homologous structures, and are therefore useful in constructing phylogenies.

Analogous traits typically evolve due to adaptations of different organisms to the same habitat (i.e., aquatic environments). Organisms in similar habitats are likely related phylogenetically.

Analogous traits define monophyletic groups because they define synapomorphies.

Analogous traits represent convergent evolution, and do not represent synapomorphies defining a monophyletic group.

 

asked Dec 28, 2012 in Biology by anonymous
    

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Analogous traits represent convergent evolution, and do not represent synapomorphies defining a monophyletic group.

 

answered Dec 28, 2012 by anonymous



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