The practice of phylogenetic systematics frequently Includes the assumption that cladogenesis occurs by a series of bifurcations. Consequently, a phylogenetic tree that includes one or more polytomous nodes is generally viewed as unresolved. However, while some polytomles surely represent a failure of resolution, others may be real or the best resolution that can be achieved. Therefore, polytomies should be considered as phylogenetic hypotheses in the same way as bifurcating topologies.
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