Data from: Phylogeny, palaeontology, and primates: do incomplete fossils bias the tree of life?

David J. Pattinson, Richard S. Thompson, Aleks K. Piotrowski & Robert J. Asher
Paleontological systematics relies heavily on morphological data that have undergone decay and fossilization. Here, we apply a heuristic means to assess how a fossil's incompleteness detracts from inferring its phylogenetic relationships. We compiled a phylogenetic matrix for primates and simulated the extinction of living species by deleting an extant taxon's molecular data and keeping only those morphological characters present in actual fossils. The choice of characters present in a given living taxon (the subject) was...
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