Reply to Halanych et al. Ctenophore misplacement is corroborated by independent datasets

Davide Pisani, Walker Pett, Martin Dohrmann, Roberto Feuda, Omar Rota-Stabelli, Hervé Philippe, Nicolas Lartillot, Gert Wörheide

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Abstract

In their letter, Halanych et al. (1) criticize our recent assertion (2) that the phylogenetic placement of ctenophores as the sister group to all other animals (the Ctenophora-sister hypothesis) in three previous studies (3⇓–5) was an artifact caused by undetected systematic error.

Halanych et al. (1) claim we used no “objective approaches” to identify sources of systematic error. In fact, we used an objective comparison of Bayesian cross-validation scores to select the best-fitting substitution model, because poorly fitting models are a frequent source of systematic error. Halanych et al. point out that this comparison did not include partitioned site-homogeneous models. However, they do not mention that only one of the… [see full text]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E948-949
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume113
Issue number8
Early online date9 Feb 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2016

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