Glossary of terms used in Phylogeny Reconstruction.


Identification This is one of the three disciplines of Systematics.

Incompatibility see incongruence.

Incongruence also known as incompatibility.  This refers to different characters or trees suggesting different groups of relationships.  Incongruence is due to the presence of homoplasy.

Indel Insertion/deletion event.  Some sequences (DNA or Amino Acid) do not just evolve by point mutation process, but also by expansion and/or contraction of the length of the sequence.  Indels are the reason why multiple alignment is a difficult process.

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