Why I never published a "total evidence" tree

Triggered by a support question on the RAxML google group, I pondered the question whether it makes sense (anymore) to use the total evidence approach to place fossils.

The Easter Egg featuring Earth, live

For this Eastern, I'll advertise something colourful to turn our eyes back from ourselves to the planet we inhabit: a live simulation/representation of Earth's dynamic surface and atmosphere.

Scientists = surveyed customers? Bite me.

Science is good business. Especially since the public hand pays for most of it, via salaries and research grants, library conscriptions ensuring high profits for science publishers, providing infrastructure and – at least in western welfare states – students. An invitation for a customer survey.

Surviving parsimonists: just tree-naive or tree-blindfolded?

A generation ago, an epic battle took place, largely unnoticed outside mathematical and biological sciences: the Phylogenetic Wars. By the mid-1990s, the war was over and probabilistic methods for tree-inference replaced traditional parsimony. But there is a small, quite dusty realm that still pretends nothing happened: palaeontology. A long read about undervalued data and stubborn old white men.

Tempolimit? Nein, danke! Realsatire? Bitte mehr!

Dank Trumpelchen, des First Toddlers of the United States, Bojos Mojo und ähnlicher Gestalten ist es schwierig geworden, Satire und Realpolitik auseinanderzuhalten. Und die CSU ist wie immer vorne mit dabei bei dem neuen Trend.

And the laughter dies

Germans are generally not known for their sense of humour (although this is a gross-generalisation, German humour can be quite diverse, and differs from region to region). But there are exceptions. However, these days, it's the audience who gets at you.