22 December 2014

Unrootedtreeman!

In addition to our Sandwalk cartoons, Cor Vink and I also ran a series of cartoons on a phylogenetic superhero Unrootedtreeman in our SYSTANZ newsletters of the late 1990s. I recently found a bunch of those as well. This was back in the day when PAUP was king, parsimony and cladistics ruled, Mac Quadras were state of the art, maximum likelihood was in its infancy, when models of nucleotide substitution were developing. Heady times! One slow day during an analysis I was looking at a four taxon unrooted tree and realised that by adding a circle for a head that we had a stick figure. I showed my PhD student Cor and Unrootedtreeman was born. So, with a nostalgic fanfare....


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