What’s in a Measurement? The Inside (and Outside) Story

In our last two posts, Kristen and Sam discussed established ways to model the effects of evolutionary forces on skeletal traits. As they both mentioned, we often ask ourselves about whether what we are measuring best represents the traits we’re interested in modeling. At first glance, this may seem to be an esoteric issue, but as I’ll argue here, we should be cautious about measurement choice when we are trying to understand evolutionary change.

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