One for the cladists

An incredibly brief photo and caption this time out. Does anyone know what this is, and thus work out the incredibly tenuous link to cladistics? Should provide seconds of amusement if you are psychotically interested in phylogenetics and Mexican botany. Hmmm, well that description probably fits someone somewhere, but as this is ostensibly a blog about dinosaurs and pterosaurs, it is pretty unlikely they’ll ever find this post.

9 Responses to “One for the cladists”


  1. 1 neil 28/10/2008 at 1:25 pm

    It’s true…those cladists are crazy about their barbecue.

  2. 2 neil 28/10/2008 at 1:26 pm

    It’s true…those cladists are crazy about their barbecue.

    Sorry…I got an F in html-studies.

  3. 3 David Hone 28/10/2008 at 2:38 pm

    Very good sir! I knew someone would get it, but far from that fast.

  4. 4 Diego 02/11/2008 at 10:25 am

    We phylogenetics/systematics types can “paup” up just about anywhere– though, to be honest, I only recently discovered your site.

    Do you use Mesquite at all? I have played around a bit, but as I no longer do phylogenetics full time have had little opportunity.

  5. 5 David Hone 02/11/2008 at 2:48 pm

    I’ve actually never used it. I have quite a collection of programms knocking around, but I am firmly wedded to PAUP* as an analytical program and then MacClade for looking over the trees and results. This is partly presonal preference as they are the systems I ma most familair with and partly philosophical – since they are so common it is easy for other people to check my data / results and most epople will understand what settings and optimisations were used and why.

  6. 6 Diego 03/11/2008 at 9:29 am

    Yeah, I agree with you on your justifications for using PAUP* and MacClade.

  7. 7 David Hone 03/11/2008 at 2:47 pm

    Well, that make a pleasant change, thanks. By the way, for those who actually care and have not worked it out from the comments already, this is a mesquite tree, and is also the name of a phylogenetics computer program. In a way, it’s actually very appropriate designation for such a program – the tree is in fact very bushy and covered in nasty thorns.

  8. 8 Julia 04/11/2008 at 8:17 pm

    But as Neil said, it makes steak taste so goooooood!

  9. 9 VT Jenny 21/11/2008 at 12:57 am

    you can use the seed pods for BBQ instead of burning the wood. They give you the same flavor without having to cut down the tree. The pods are also edible but work best ground into a sweet flour.


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