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Again, unless the data are actually visualizable in two dimensions, as in each of the examples above, the h u m a n eye, looking for interfaces between groups, readily remembers the simple situations and does not easily think of the more complex cases. Examples from real biological data Fig. 8. Another set of possible interfaces between two groups plotted on the basis of two variables, x and y, along the edges of the picture; upper frame: a simple linear interface with intermediate forms; middle frame: a curvilinear interface with intermediate forms; lower frame: an intermixture something like that between two soluble liquids with intermediate forms (redrawn after J.
18. DNA divergence data of Kohne further confirm the linear relationship. Again, the diagram is modified from that actually published by Kohne so that the linear arrangement is visually emphasized. But no other changes have been made in the information contained within Kohne's figure. can be summarized in Figs. 17 which show relationships of primates as defined through the numbers of nucleotide substitutions of seven proteins (Fitch and Langley, 1976; Fig. 16) and through some antigenic distances discovered by Professor Morris Goodman (1976; Fig.
T h e methods depend upon advances of two kinds. O n e is the ability to study biological structures so that more of the information contained within them can be revealed to allow better comparisons than previously. This requires quantitative and holistic handling of biological shapes and patterns so that shades of difference between shapes may be more readily perceived and so that variation and covariation among shapes may be taken into account. T h e other, as we shall see, is the realization that, for many structures information is as much to be inferred about certain aspects of their function as about their immediate hereditary associations.