(redirected from Sister clade)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.
Related to Sister clade: Cladistic analysis


(klədĭs`tĭks) or

phylogenetic systematics

(fī'lōjənĕt`ĭk), an approach to the classificationclassification,
in biology, the systematic categorization of organisms into a coherent scheme. The original purpose of biological classification, or systematics, was to organize the vast number of known plants and animals into categories that could be named, remembered, and
..... Click the link for more information.
 of living things in which organisms are defined and grouped by the possession of one or more shared characteristics (called characters) that are derived from a common ancestor and that were not present in any ancestral group (as envisioned by Charles DarwinDarwin, Charles Robert,
1809–82, English naturalist, b. Shrewsbury; grandson of Erasmus Darwin and of Josiah Wedgwood. He firmly established the theory of organic evolution known as Darwinism.
..... Click the link for more information.
's idea of "descent with modification"). Developed by Willi Hennig, a German entomologist, in the 1950s, it is a method of reconstructing evolutionary relationships that emphasizes the importance of descent and common ancestry rather than chronology.

Cladistics places species in a group, or clade, based on a shared character. Within a clade, species that share other characters unique to them are grouped together, and so on, until a cladogram (a branching diagram that resembles a family tree) is assembled. For example, all vertebrates make up a clade; all tetrapods (vertebrates that have four limbs with wrists, ankles, toes, and fingers) form their own clade within the vertebrate clade. In this example the vertebrate clade would be considered "primitive" and the tetrapod clade "derived" or "advanced." In living creatures genetic characters or behaviors as well as more obvious anatomical features might be considered in assembling a cladogram. In paleontologypaleontology
[Gr.,= study of early beings], science of the life of past geologic periods based on fossil remains. Knowledge of the existence of fossils dates back at least to the ancient Greeks, who appear to have regarded them as the remains of various mythological creatures.
..... Click the link for more information.
 the characters are necessarily skeletal.

Cladistics is especially significant in paleontology, as it points out gaps in the fossil evidence. It is also felt to be more objective than fossil study, which of necessity extrapolates from a limited number of finds that may or may not be representative of the whole.

See also fossilfossil,
remains or imprints of plants or animals preserved from prehistoric times by the operation of natural conditions. Fossils are found in sedimentary rock, asphalt deposits, and coal and sometimes in amber and certain other materials.
..... Click the link for more information.
; datingdating,
the determination of the age of an object, of a natural phenomenon, or of a series of events. There are two basic types of dating methods, relative and absolute.
..... Click the link for more information.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.


Biology a method of grouping animals that makes use of lines of descent rather than structural similarities
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
The cladistic analysis shows two derived sister clades within Goniopholididae that consist of European taxa.
Examination of the trees indicates that Micropoltys is always found either at the base of this clade plus its sister clade, or at the base of its sister clade.
Specifically, we evaluate the prediction that clades possessing decoupled elements will exhibit increased structural diversity compared to sister clades with coupled systems.
However, with the exception of the HA-specific assay, the melting-curve signals of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus may be indistinguishable from the positive signals generated from its sister clade as indicated above.
The other large sister clade of Croton (Clades C-2 to C-11 in Berry et al., 2005) will henceforth be referred to here as the core Croton clade.
1992), indicating the number of steps longer the tree becomes when the clade above the branch becomes paraphyletic with respect to its sister clade (or polyphyletic, indicated by numbers beneath the branches).
Distance of northern German lineages 1-4 from the sister clade of Chinese M.
Adaptive radiations would lead to unbalanced trees because the radiative clade has, by definition, more species than the sister clade. Unbalanced trees can of course occur by chance, and so the first null model used by Guyer and Slowinski (1993), the Markov model, predicts the frequency of unbalanced trees in a world where evolutionary lineages branch randomly.
The identities of the other members of this sister clade previously sampled for ITS are revised (following Lourteig, 2000) to include O.
(2013), Arteminae and Modisiminae are sister clades, but the considerably lack of cytogenetic data prevents any further comparison.
cinereus were sister clades and closely related, which is supported by the bootstrap values of 85% (NJ) and 84% (MP).