Assignment: In systematics, groups in the classification need to be monophyletic. Based on your readings for Weeks Three and Four can you build a case for the monophyly of fishes as a group? What would your evidence have to document or include?
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In order for a fish to be considered Monophyly, Dr. Aquino says in essay two, “to be recognized as a monophyletic group, the species of a genus must share unique derived characters. In other words, a monophyletic group includes a common ancestor and all of its descendants.” It is difficult to support a team of fishes by means of inclusive of descendants of a common ancestor. Fishes have many special characteristics that make it to accurately connect these species to its authentic origin.
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