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Analysis of Whippo Hypothesis
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Richard Anthony
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

William Boernke
Nebraska Wesleyan University

Marcel Brun
University of Louisville

Chet Fornari
DePauw University


Brief Overview:

Current phylogenetic hpotheses place whales and hippos in close evolutionary relationships. We seek to test these hypotheses by testing for the validity or robustness of the weakest data set, and asking why this data set is the most different or interrupted. One explanation is hyper-variability within the genes or proteins used to construct the tree.  


Project Materials:

The provided Whippo datasets.  



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