(Of a group of organisms) descended from a common evolutionary ancestor or ancestral group, especially one not shared with any other group.
More example sentences
- Given two monophyletic groups of taxa, the site patterns found in an alignment of sequences can be described in terms of five classes.
- We extended the analysis to the five cowbird species that conform a monophyletic group in the phylogeny.
- Taxa names represent monophyletic groups of viruses with similar coding capacities.
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