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YOUR TURN: Understanding Phylogenetics

These days, when you hear about a species bing “split” or “lumped”, you can probably bet that at the heart of the decision was a scientific paper about genetics that included phylogenetic trees. And unless you have a background in biology, you may be confused about what you’re seeing. That’s why we asked ornithologist Nick Block to talk about them in the October 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy.

Nick did a great job of explaining, in simple terms, how the trees are constructed and how we should interpret them. (Click here to read his article.) If after reading Nick’s explanation, you have a question for him, please leave it the comment section below. He’ll be happy to answer.

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