Talk:Autapomorphy

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Insufficient context[edit]

I did some work fleshing out this article which included attempting to make it more accessible to laymen unfamiliar with evolution. I am going to remove the "insufficient context" tag for now, but if someone thinks it should be added back feel free. I'm not sure how to describe this term more simply than this. -Ferahgo the Assassin (talk) 04:59, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

Legless tetrapoda Comment[edit]

The example given is not a true autapomorphy in Ophidia in relation to Tetrapoda as there are Legless lizards and Legless amphibians. GoEThe (talk) 14:12, 26 May 2016 (UTC)


"Discussion" section example?[edit]

Although I did fine in pre-med biology, I'm struggling to piece together real-world-application examples of the following sentences:

" In other words, if a peripheral population breaks away and becomes reproductively isolated, it would conceivably need to develop at least one autapomorphy to be recognized as a different species. If this can happen without the larger mother population also developing a new autapomorphy, then the mother population cannot remain a species under the autapomorphic species concept: it would no longer have any apomorphies not also shared by the daughter species."

I may be mistaken (and therefore this is why I'm discussing here, not "being bold" and just editing the main page), but could the lion + tiger = tigon/liger/Panthera hybrid example be provided here as a real-world application that may help users better make sense of the otherwise abstract and dense wording??

If so, that may be beneficial to add. If not, perhaps a different rewording and/or example being provided might help readers/users understand. PolymathGirl (talk) 01:31, 24 May 2017 (UTC)