I too welcome this informed debate on the subject of the place of stratigraphy in phylogenetic reconstruction. Fisher et al. and Wagner have had the opportunity to clarify and expand on their respective approaches while Alroy chides me for not understanding the realities of correlation. The key areas of disagreement lie in how much reliance we think can be put on modeling evolution and to what extent we can prejudge the quality of the fossil record.

Alroy emphasises that there is a practical limit on the resolution achievable from relative and absolute time scales. In the example he cites, a...

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