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Homology, Homoplasy and Systematics

This is my first biological anth paper (for a test). It's not that great, and I'm sure you can tell that I finished the last two pages this morning before I turned it in. The research for it was pretty interesting, though. I actually read somewhere around 14 articles, but decided that only a few (the ones I ended up referencing) were actually related to the topic, which was: Compare and contrast homology and homoplasy. Discuss how each type of characters are used in systematics. Include examples of both. I wasn't very good at staying on topic. In fact, I'm pretty sure I totally skirted the topic, and focused more on the debates surrounding the difficulties of defining and identifying homologies and homoplasies. Oh well.

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